News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
The King by Andrew Gue

Winter Season Yields 73 Birds

Photo of turkey by Andrew Gue
The King by Andrew Gue

Hunters reported taking 73 wild turkeys during Maryland’s 2019 winter turkey season, which was open Jan. 17-19 statewide.

According to theMaryland Department of Natural Resources, turkeys were harvested in 22 of the 23 counties, with Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties reporting the highest numbers.

Adult males, or gobblers, comprised 56 percent of the harvest, with the remainder being females, or hens, and juveniles, known as either a jake or a jenny. Eighty-five percent were taken with a shotgun, but some hunters harvested their bird with a crossbow or vertical bow.

Winter Wild Turkey Season Harvest, 2015-2019
County20152016201720182019
Allegany63964
Anne Arundel30242
Baltimore22711
Calvert51011
Caroline68221
Carroll02232
Cecil02223
Charles501043
Dorchester1561486
Frederick44667
Garrett114987
Harford43221
Howard11111
Kent41343
Montgomery40321
Prince George’s11302
Queen Anne’s72556
Somerset34324
St. Mary’s767106
Talbot32120
Washington671187
Wicomico40633
Worcester72132
Total108611098773

This harvest was slightly lower than the 87 birds taken last year. The winter turkey season was established in 2015 to provide hunters an additional hunting opportunity that would 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.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...