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Wild Turkey Harvest Increased For The 2009 Spring Season

Annapolis, Md. - Maryland hunters reported taking 2,910 wild turkeys during the 2009 spring turkey season, registering a 3 percent increase from the 2008 harvest of 2,833 turkeys.

“More than 2,900 birds taken this spring indicate that the statewide population is generally stable and wild turkeys continue to do well in most regions of Maryland,” stated Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Upland Game Bird Biologist Bob Long. “The statewide spring turkey harvest has averaged 2,913 birds over the last 10 years.”

The harvest data is consistent with DNR survey results which documented that young gobblers, called jakes, were less abundant in most regions this year.

“The number of jakes reported was below average, comprising only 19 percent of the harvest,” added Long.

Despite inclement weather, junior hunters took 126 gobblers during the one day youth hunt held on April 11, similar to last year’s youth day harvest of 134 turkeys.

As in the past, the western mountain counties lead the state in harvest; Garrett County reported 364 turkeys, followed by Allegany (342) and Washington (308). Dorchester (236), Worcester (202), and Charles (186) counties also reported good harvest numbers. Approximately 10,000 hunters pursue turkeys annually in the spring season and about 25% are successful in taking at least one turkey.
 

Maryland's reported wild turkey harvest, 2003-2009.

County

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Allegany

332

337

328

331

259

345

342

Anne Arundel

59

75

70

65

47

61

39

Baltimore

20

21

24

28

27

34

19

Calvert

110

64

53

59

40

53

49

Caroline

50

47

66

75

79

107

105

Carroll

13

10

28

24

15

20

27

Cecil

8

10

17

10

24

27

29

Charles

198

183

213

227

209

193

186

Dorchester

325

289

332

265

205

242

236

Frederick

171

136

163

148

115

152

115

Garrett

431

325

365

342

303

327

364

Harford

37

44

47

59

37

61

68

Howard

2

5

3

7

1

2

5

Kent

39

36

44

50

47

62

85

Montgomery

40

31

56

56

50

37

53

Prince George's

92

78

83

95

55

70

73

Queen Anne's

60

59

80

82

73

127

124

Somerset

230

169

215

204

137

132

142

St. Mary's

43

61

96

62

59

59

84

Talbot

62

42

49

80

74

102

105

Washington

325

305

340

322

269

281

308

Wicomico

169

164

180

164

134

133

150

Worcester

304

269

284

253

196

206

202

     State

3120

2760

3136

3008

2455

2833

2910


   June 3, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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