Skip to content

June 4, 2013

Hunters Report Record Spring Turkey Season Harvest

by Martha

Hunters reported harvesting a total of 3,344 wild turkeys during the 2013 spring turkey season, surpassing the previous record harvest of 3,136 set in 2005.

This year’s harvest was 7 percent above the 3,132 turkeys taken in 2012, and well above the 10-year average of 2,925. These results indicate that Maryland’s turkey population remains healthy and hunters are enjoying some of the best spring turkey hunting in many years.

High turkey populations coupled with good weather likely contributed to the record-setting harvest. Turkey numbers have been on the rise in some areas due to several years of above-average reproduction. In particular, large increases in counties such as Harford, Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Frederick, helped to boost the total harvest. In addition, pleasant weather throughout the State during most of the season most likely increased hunter participation and helped them locate and call in cooperative gobblers.

Garrett County reported the highest harvest again this year with 386 turkeys, followed by Washington with 309. Rounding out the top five counties were Charles (270), Allegany (269) and Dorchester (245).

Youth hunters took advantage of the special Junior Turkey Hunt and reported taking 246 turkeys, setting a Junior Hunt record for the second consecutive year. The Junior Hunt was open statewide on Saturday, April 13, and in select counties on Sunday, April 14.

Spring turkey hunters were able to hunt on Sundays in seven counties again this spring. Sunday turkey hunting was limited to April 28 and May 5 in Allegany and Garrett counties, but was permitted throughout the season in Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester and St. Mary’s. A total of 143 turkeys were harvested on Sundays.

The table below shows the reported spring turkey season harvest by county for 2007-2013.

Reported Spring Turkey Harvest, 2007-2013
County

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Allegany

259

345

342

327

287

257

269

Anne Arundel

47

61

39

56

38

58

82

Baltimore

27

34

19

39

25

29

37

Calvert

40

53

49

35

40

50

57

Caroline

79

107

105

118

132

164

142

Carroll

15

20

27

20

22

30

33

Cecil

24

27

29

30

34

43

55

Charles

209

193

186

215

222

303

270

Dorchester

205

242

236

213

210

219

245

Frederick

115

152

115

113

122

140

215

Garrett

303

327

364

345

339

368

386

Harford

37

61

68

67

69

98

110

Howard

1

2

5

10

16

16

16

Kent

47

62

85

88

97

103

118

Montgomery

50

37

53

42

47

51

82

Prince George’s

55

70

73

79

79

92

78

Queen Anne’s

73

127

124

125

114

152

159

Somerset

137

132

142

106

114

122

124

St. Mary’s

59

59

84

67

83

99

127

Talbot

74

102

105

110

98

102

103

Washington

269

281

308

303

285

292

309

Wicomico

134

133

150

148

162

152

124

Worcester

196

206

202

191

191

192

203

     Total

2455

2833

2910

2847

2826

3132

3344

Be Sociable, Share!

    Leave a comment

    required
    required

    *

    Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

    Subscribe to comments