2,833 Wild Turkeys Reported Harvested During The 2008 Spring Season

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland’s hunters reported taking 2,833 wild turkeys during the 2008 spring turkey season, a 15 percent increase from the 2007 harvest of 2,455 turkeys. Nearly 1,200 turkeys were taken during the first week, 30 percent more than 2007’s opening week.

“Spring turkey hunters were greeted by excellent weather early in the season, providing ideal conditions to hear and call to gobblers,” stated Bob Long, DNR Upland Gamebird Biologist. Harvest throughout the remainder of season was similar to previous years.

The harvest data reflected DNR’s expectations based on brood surveys conducted over the last few summers, showing that young gobblers, called jakes, were less abundant in most regions this year.

“The number of jakes reported was below average, comprising only 22 percent of the harvest,” added Long.

Junior hunters took 134 turkeys during the one day youth hunt held on April 12, representing an increase of 24 percent over the 2007 youth day harvest.

As in the past, the western mountain counties led the state in harvest; Allegany reported 345 turkeys, followed closely by Garrett (327) and Washington (281). Dorchester (242), Worcester (206), and Charles (193) counties also reported good numbers. Large increases in counties such as Caroline, Talbot, and Queen Anne’s suggest turkey populations in portions of the Eastern Shore continue to expand and grow.

Maryland’s Reported Wild Turkey Harvest From 2002 to 2008

County

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Allegany

336

332

337

328

331

259

345

Anne Arundel

67

59

75

70

65

47

61

Baltimore

14

20

21

24

28

27

34

Calvert

94

110

64

53

59

40

53

Caroline

42

50

47

66

75

79

107

Carroll

17

13

10

28

24

15

20

Cecil

13

8

10

17

10

24

27

Charles

223

198

183

213

227

209

193

Dorchester

322

325

289

332

265

205

242

Frederick

159

171

136

163

148

115

152

Garrett

490

431

325

365

342

303

327

Harford

26

37

44

47

59

37

61

Howard

3

2

5

3

7

1

2

Kent

41

39

36

44

50

47

62

Montgomery

44

40

31

56

56

50

37

Prince George’s

102

92

78

83

95

55

70

Queen Anne’s

68

60

59

80

82

73

127

Somerset

201

230

169

215

204

137

132

St. Mary’s

45

43

61

96

62

59

59

Talbot

46

62

42

49

80

74

102

Washington

296

325

305

340

322

269

281

Wicomico

192

169

164

180

164

134

133

Worcester

286

304

269

284

253

196

206

State Total

3127

3120

2760

3136

3008

2455

2833