The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters reported taking 89 wild turkeys during the 2021 winter turkey season, which was open statewide from Jan. 21-23. This year’s harvest was slightly higher than the 2020 total of 82 turkeys.

Frederick, Charles, Garrett, and Prince George’s counties posted the highest numbers, although turkeys were reported from most counties across the state. Adult males, or “toms”, comprised 58% of the harvest with the remainder being females and juveniles. Eighty-four 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 with an additional hunting opportunity while minimizing conflicts with other hunting seasons. Turkey populationsat one time were limited in Maryland. In the 1980s and 1990s, an extensive program to trap and relocate wild flocks successfully re-established populations in every county.

Winter Wild Turkey Season Harvest, 2016-2021
County201620172018201920202021
Allegany396424
Anne Arundel024220
Baltimore271113
Calvert101120
Caroline822154
Carroll223251
Cecil222334
Charles0104318
Dorchester6148636
Frederick4667312
Garrett498797
Harford322105
Howard111110
Kent134362
Montgomery032113
Prince George’s130257
Queen Anne’s255643
Somerset432463
St. Mary’s67106136
Talbot212043
Washington7118735
Wicomico063313
Worcester213220
Total6110987738289

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