Turkey Hunting in Maryland

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  • C
  • 40,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 119,202

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • Varies (check regulations)

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • Varies (check regulations)

    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 is just satisfactory at that. 

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

Yes, Maryland’s turkey population (33,000 birds by former estimates, and up to 40,000 as of 2022) is stable, but still low compared with surrounding states.

As harvest data goes, 4,303 birds were taken in 2020, while 3,910 were last season.

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. 

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.

– Steve Hickoff

Turkey Hunting in Maryland. Image by Tes Randle Jolly

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