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Hunting in Maryland: 3 Animals To Hunt in the Spring

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 08:40 AM

As the weather heats up during the spring, hunting in Maryland lightens up a lot. On the other hand, the spring wild turkey season is widely popular, and it’s still possible to hunt for both whitetail deer and geese during springtime months. Here are details about these animals and how to hunt them.

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1. Wild Turkey
Maryland allows wild turkey hunting in fall, but for one day only. A short winter turkey season recently was added. However, the vast bulk of turkey hunting happens during the spring. The spring turkey season generally occurs from late April through late May. General limits are one turkey per day and two per hunting year, but specific season and gender-related requirements also apply. The state prohibits turkey driving as well as the use of dogs, bait and electronic calls in hunting turkey, according to the Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping.

2. Whitetail Deer
The statewide seasons for whitetail and sika deer hunting end by January. However, the state typically allows hunting of antlerless whitetails by firearms from February through May in Charles and St. Mary’s counties. So, if you miss out on deer hunting during the fall and winter, there’s still time left when spring flowers are blooming. Maryland imposes no bag limits on antlerless deer. However, there are some restrictions on antlered deer in Region B, where Charles and St. Mary’s counties are located.

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3. Light Geese
Light geese include the snow, blue, and Ross goose.

While the general season for these geese usually starts in October and ends in early February, a special Light Goose Conservation Order Season begins soon after that, running through mid-April. In the fall and winter seasons, the daily bag limit is two geese. During the Conservation Order Season, however, there is no daily limit.

In addition, the state eases restrictions during this season, extending shooting hours to 30 minutes past sunset and allowing the use of out-of-state hunting licenses, electronic callers and unplugged shotguns, according to Ducks Unlimited.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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