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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2019, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Winter Turkey Season in MD

Received the below email from MD DNR. Hunted deer in MD but never turkey. Their resource must be at levels to sustain this season. Not sure how many hunt this season but it's harvest averages around 100 birds.

Winter Turkey Season Opens Jan. 17

January 10, 2019
Second Chance for Hunters to Take a Hen or Gobbler

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers hunters who did not bag a turkey in the fall another chance, as the winter turkey season runs statewide Jan. 17-19.

The department established the winter season in 2015 to increase opportunities while minimizing conflicts with other hunting seasons.

“Wild turkeys are abundant in most of the state,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “This season is perfect for hunters that want to get outdoors when other popular hunting seasons are closed or winding down.”

Maryland hunters may only use the following weapons during the winter turkey season: Airguns that shoot arrows or bolts; crossbows and vertical bows; or shotguns loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller.

Hunting hours are from one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset. The bag limit is one turkey of either sex, provided the hunter did not harvest a turkey in the 2018 fall season. Hunters are reminded that it is illegal to hunt turkeys with the aid of bait. Hunters may check in their harvest via phone at 888-800-0121, online or via the department’s mobile app.

The Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping provides information about winter turkey hunting, including season open dates and regulations.



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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2019, 01:58 PM
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I take my dog every year for the late Maryland season. And no, there aren't many guys out hunting turkeys this time of year. I'll go again this year weather permitting.

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Weather permitting, we'll be there too.

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Best of luck Uncle Nicky & PA Boxcall!!
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Had a good time hunting with Nick "Uncle Nicky" and his turkey dog Maizy yesterday.
we covered some ground, maize probably covered 10X more than we did. saw fresh sign but didn't run into any turkeys this time out.

Maizy is a hard hunting dog and gets after it, very fun way to hunt fall turkeys.
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Had a good time hunting with Nick "Uncle Nicky" and his turkey dog Maizy yesterday.
we covered some ground, maize probably covered 10X more than we did. saw fresh sign but didn't run into any turkeys this time out.

Maizy is a hard hunting dog and gets after it, very fun way to hunt fall turkeys.

Thanks Ken. Maizy needed her "therapy", too many days out of the woods & she gets stir crazy. I reckon she covered about 20 miles and we didn't even hunt until dark. We'll get them next time!!!
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Sounds like you guys had a good hunt giving turkey dog Maizy as good workout!!
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Didn't take MD DNR too long to tabulate!

Winter Turkey Season Results Announced
January 30, 2019
Season Yields 73 Birds


Hunters reported taking 73 wild turkeys during Marylandís 2019 winter turkey season, which was open Jan. 17-19 statewide.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, turkeys were harvested in 22 of the 23 counties, with Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties reporting the highest numbers.

Adult males, or gobblers, comprised 56 percent of the harvest, with the remainder being females, or hens, and juveniles, known as either a jake or a jenny. Eighty-five percent were taken with a shotgun, but some hunters harvested their bird with a crossbow or vertical bow.

Winter Wild Turkey Season Harvest, 2015-2019
County 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Allegany 6 3 9 6 4
Anne Arundel 3 0 2 4 2
Baltimore 2 2 7 1 1
Calvert 5 1 0 1 1
Caroline 6 8 2 2 1
Carroll 0 2 2 3 2
Cecil 0 2 2 2 3
Charles 5 0 10 4 3
Dorchester 15 6 14 8 6
Frederick 4 4 6 6 7
Garrett 11 4 9 8 7
Harford 4 3 2 2 1
Howard 1 1 1 1 1
Kent 4 1 3 4 3
Montgomery 4 0 3 2 1
Prince Georgeís 1 1 3 0 2
Queen Anneís 7 2 5 5 6
Somerset 3 4 3 2 4
St. Maryís 7 6 7 10 6
Talbot 3 2 1 2 0
Washington 6 7 11 8 7
Wicomico 4 0 6 3 3
Worcester 7 2 1 3 2
Total 108 61 109 87 73

This harvest was slightly lower than the 87 birds taken last year. The winter turkey season was established in 2015 to provide hunters an additional hunting opportunity that would not conflict with other hunting seasons.

Turkey populations, at one time, were limited in Maryland. In the 1980s and 1990s, an extensive department program to trap and relocate wild flocks successfully established populations in every county.

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