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Hunters reported taking 87 wild turkeys during Maryland’s 2018 winter turkey season, which was open Jan. 18-20 statewide.

Turkeys were harvested in 22 of the 23 counties, with St. Mary’s, Dorchester, Garrett and Washington counties reporting the highest numbers, according to theMaryland Department of Natural Resources.

Adult males (toms/gobbler) comprised 37 percent of the harvest with the remainder being females (hen) and juveniles (jake/jenny). Eighty-three percent were taken with a shotgun, but some hunters harvested their bird with a cross or vertical bow.

Winter Wild Turkey Season Harvest, 2015-2018
County2015201620172018
Allegany6396
Anne Arundel3024
Baltimore2271
Calvert5101
Caroline6822
Carroll0223
Cecil0222
Charles50104
Dorchester156148
Frederick4466
Garrett11498
Harford4322
Howard1111
Kent4134
Montgomery4032
Prince George’s1130
Queen Anne’s7255
Somerset3432
St. Mary’s76710
Talbot3212
Washington67118
Wicomico4063
Worcester7213
Total1086110987

This harvest was lower than the record 109 birds taken last year but higher than the 61 birds taken back in 2016. The winter turkey season was established in 2015 to provide hunters an additional hunting opportunities that does not conflict with other hunting seasons.

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