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June 5, 2014

Maryland Hunters Report Excellent Spring Turkey Season Harvest

by kking

AmericanProfile009_printHunters reported harvesting a total of 3,325 wild turkeys during the 2014 spring turkey season that ended on May 23. This year’s harvest was close to the 2013 record-setting harvest of 3,344, and well above the 10-year average of 2,982.

High turkey populations and good weather likely contributed to the excellent harvest. Turkey numbers are on the rise in many counties such as Carroll, Kent, Queen Anne’s and St. Mary’s. In addition, pleasant weather throughout the State during most of the season likely increased hunter participation and helped them locate and call in cooperative gobblers.

Garrett County reported the highest harvest again this year with 383 turkeys, followed by Washington with 343 birds. Rounding out the top five counties were Allegany (258), Charles (254) and Dorchester (239).

Youth hunters took advantage of the special Junior Turkey Hunt and reported taking 165 turkeys.  The Junior Hunt was open statewide on Saturday, April 12 and in select counties on Sunday, April 13.

Turkey hunters were able to hunt on Sundays in seven counties again this spring. Sunday turkey hunting was limited to certain dates in Allegany and Garrett counties, but was permitted throughout the season in Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, and St. Mary’s. A total of 159 turkeys were harvested on Sundays.

The table below shows the reported spring turkey season harvest by county for 2008-2014.

Reported Spring Turkey Harvest, 2008-2014

County

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Allegany

345

342

327

287

257

269

258

Anne Arundel

61

39

56

38

58

82

54

Baltimore

34

19

39

25

29

37

32

Calvert

53

49

35

40

50

57

59

Caroline

107

105

118

132

164

142

141

Carroll

20

27

20

22

30

33

45

Cecil

27

29

30

34

43

55

57

Charles

193

186

215

222

303

270

254

Dorchester

242

236

213

210

219

245

239

Frederick

152

115

113

122

140

215

193

Garrett

327

364

345

339

368

386

383

Harford

61

68

67

69

98

110

97

Howard

2

5

10

16

16

16

10

Kent

62

85

88

97

103

118

150

Montgomery

37

53

42

47

51

82

68

Prince George’s

70

73

79

79

92

78

79

Queen Anne’s

127

124

125

114

152

159

165

Somerset

132

142

106

114

122

124

120

St. Mary’s

59

84

67

83

99

127

173

Talbot

102

105

110

98

102

103

83

Washington

281

308

303

285

292

309

343

Wicomico

133

150

148

162

152

124

146

Worcester

206

202

191

191

192

203

176

     Total

2833

2910

2847

2826

3132

3344

3325

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