Turkey Hunting in Maryland

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  • C
  • 33,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 118,000

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $24.50

    Annual hunting license

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $130

    Annual hunting license

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Sure enough, I've known a few of my turkey hunting buds to visit Maryland due to its proximity to the neighboring states of Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Maryland has some birds. Still, our Turkey Hunting Nation grade falls right there at a C, and just satisfactory at that. If anything, we might nudge it up to a C-plus.

And let's just remind everybody right now of Maryland's stellar waterfowl tradition. 

Yes, Maryland’s turkey population (33,000 birds by recent estimates) is stable, but still low compared with surrounding states.

The downside: Public land is at a premium here, with the state agency holding title to but 111,000 acres spread throughout 47 wildlife management areas.

There are several state forests, however, scattered across the state and ranging in size from 1,800 to 66,000 acres. 

And cost for the visiting, out-of-town turkey hunter is pretty reasonable, comparatively speaking. Turkey hunting pressure is low compared with surrounding states. 

It's a place that's hard to figure out for a turkey hunter. If you know somebody who has birds, that's usually the ticket (true most anywhere, eh).

So where should you look?

The highest concentrations can be found on the east and west sides of the state, including the northern region near the Pennsylvania state line; populations in the central part of the state are said to be “stable,” while the southern third of Maryland is seeing varied but overall increased production.

The use of a Maryland Big Game Harvest Record​ is required of all Maryland deer and turkey hunters. It is issued with the hunting license. 

– Steve Hickoff

Turkey Hunting in Maryland. Image by Tes Randle Jolly

Maryland Turkey Hunting Regulations

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