It was a bad spring for turkeys around the Chesapeake Bay. Good for hunters though. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports wild turkey hunting during the 2014 spring season almost reached the 2013 record and was well above the 10-year average. 

Maryland Wild Turkey

Maryland Wild Turkey

The state attributes the large catch to more hunters getting out in the good weather and a lot of wild turkeys strutting about this past spring. Turkeys have increased in several counties, including Carrol, Kent, Queen Anne’s and St. Mary’s.

The highest harvest was in Garrett County with 383 turkeys, followed by Washington County with 343 birds. Rounding out the top five counties were Allegany (258), Charles (254) and Dorchester (239).

Overall in Maryland, 3,325 wild turkeys were killed during the spring, down slightly from the 2013 record-setting harvest of 3,344. The ten year average is 2,982.

The spring turkey season ended May 23.

Here’s a list of the turkey kills in each Maryland county for the past five years.