Fall hunting of small game and turkey offers abundant opportunities

the Maryland Department of Natural Resources remind hunters squirrel, Rabbit, fall turkey, and other seasons are underway or will premiere in the coming weeks. These species offer bountiful seasons and bag limits and the opportunity to make great memories this fall and winter.

Photo by Ranger Elena Gilroy, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

“While our deer hunts receive a lot of attention, hunters should not overlook the excellent opportunities available to pursue some of Maryland’s other game species.” Wildlife and Heritage Service director Paul Pedito said. “Small game hunting can provide fast action, perfect for new hunters or anyone who enjoys a more active style of hunting.”

Squirrels are abundant throughout Maryland, especially where there are trees that produce masts, such as live oaks. The eastern or gray fox squirrel season opened on September 4 with a take limit of six per day. (The Delmarva fox squirrel subspecies is not listed this season, it remains protected to ensure the continued recovery of the species.) delicious table food. Squirrel and rabbit seasons are open until February 28.

For hunters in Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties, the fall turkey hunting season It will open on October 30 and continue through November 7 with a bag limit of one turkey per hunter. the 2021 Wild Turkey Watching Survey shows that wild turkey breeding was excellent this year, which should translate to larger flocks for fall hunters. Birders in western Maryland can also chase ruffed grouse from October 2 through January 31 with a limit of two per day.

Complete hunting regulations, registration procedures, and information about hunting on public lands can be found at Guide to hunting and trapping in Maryland.