CUMBERLAND — Garrett County had the top spring gobbler harvest in Maryland with 383 birds, very similar to last year’s take of 386, according to the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service.
The kill in Allegany County this spring was 258 gobblers, slightly fewer than the 269 harvested a year ago. Allegany’s was the third best harvest in the state.
Washington County was second best with 343, Charles County fourth with 254 and Dorchester fifth with 239.
Statewide, 3,325 gobblers were checked in.
A year ago the total harvest was 3,344.
The 10-year statewide average harvest is 2,982.
Although the Allegany County bag has been quite stable during the past four seasons, it has dropped nearly 100 birds since 2008 when 345 were killed.
During the past seven seasons, the harvest in Garrett County has ranged from a low of 327 in 2008 to a high of 386 in 2013.
Some counties allowed gobbler hunting on Sundays and 159 were killed on those days.
The harvest in Maryland’s other counties this year were Anne Arundel-54, Baltimore-32, Calvert-59, Caroline-141, Carroll-45, Cecil-57, Frederick-193, Harford-97, Howard-10, Kent-150, Montgomery-68, Prince George’s-79, Queen Anne’s-165, Somerset-120, St. Mary’s-173, Talbot-83, Wicomico- 146 and Worcester-176.