Maryland Hunters Bagged Birds in 22 Counties

News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

California, MD- Hunters reported taking 82 wild turkeys during Maryland’s 2020 winter turkey season, which was open statewide Jan. 23-25.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports turkeys were harvested in 22 of the state’s 23 counties, with St. Mary’s and Garrett counties reporting the highest numbers. 

The harvest was higher than the 73 turkeys taken last year. Adult males, or gobblers, comprised 42% of the harvest with the remainder being adult females and juveniles. Seventy-three percent were taken with a shotgun, but some hunters harvested their bird with a crossbow or vertical bow.

The winter turkey season was established in 2015 to provide hunters an additional hunting opportunity while minimizing conflicts with other hunting seasons. Turkey populations at one time were limited in Maryland. In the 1980s and 1990s, an extensive program to trap and relocate wild flocks successfully established populations in every county.

Winter Wild Turkey Season Harvest, 2015-2020
County201520162017201820192020
Allegany639642
Anne Arundel302422
Baltimore227111
Calvert510112
Caroline682215
Carroll022325
Cecil022233
Charles5010431
Dorchester15614863
Frederick446673
Garrett1149879
Harford432210
Howard111111
Kent413436
Montgomery403211
Prince George’s113025
Queen Anne’s725564
Somerset343246
St. Mary’s76710613
Talbot321204
Washington6711873
Wicomico406331
Worcester721322
Total10861109877382

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