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West Virginia State High School Fishing Championship 2015

The Gilmer Free Press

SUTTON, WV—High school students in the Mountain State have an opportunity to go fishing for awards and even potential college scholarships.

The 2015 West Virginia State High School Fishing Championship will be June 06, 2015 at the Bee Run Recreation Area at Sutton Lake.

The tournament is open to any high school fishing team in West Virginia.

The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the event, according to a news release.

The West Virginia state championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 7-12.

Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at the High School Fishing website.

Takeoff will be at 6:30 AM June 06 and weigh-in will be held at Bee Run Recreation Area scheduled for 2:30 PM.

Admission to takeoffs and weigh-ins are free of cost and open to the public.

The top 10% from each TBF/FLW state championship field will advance to a High School Fishing conference championship along with the top 3 teams from each of the six 2015 High School Fishing Opens that coincide with the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour.

The top 10% of each conference championship field will then advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, coinciding with the TBF National Championship and an FLW Tour stop in the spring of 2016.

The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

For information about the event contact TBF National Youth Director Mark Gintert at 580.716.4251.

Hands Off, It’s Baby Season!

The Gilmer Free Press

Each spring, forests, fields and backyards come alive with wildlife babies. White-tailed deer drop fawns, litters of foxes, coyotes, raccoons and squirrels emerge from dens and black bear cubs explore their world.

The temptation to rescue an “abandoned” baby can be overwhelming, but DON’T do it. Wildlife agencies across the country issue press releases every spring asking people to steer clear of baby wildlife.

Let me be clear why it’s best to adopt a “hands off” approach. First, it’s illegal. State wildlife agencies are quite clear on this point.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, it’s not in the best interest of wildlife. Most of us are not trained to care for wild babies. Most rescue attempts result in dead animals.

Third, capturing wildlife can be dangerous. Mothers may attack when they sense their young are in jeopardy. An angry deer or bear is a powerful threat, and raccoons, squirrels and foxes are more than willing to bite attackers. And remember, any mammal can carry rabies.

Admire wildlife from afar, especially babies. Take photos from a respectful distance. And teach children the same respect for nature.

Predators kill and eat prey. That’s their job. They take the young, old, sick and weak. And sometimes, the victims are just unlucky.

Our job is not to protect and save every individual animal we find in harm’s way. Our job is to be conservationists and make sure every species has the habitat it requires, so life and death dramas can unfold on the ecological stage every day.

“But I can’t bear to see babies abandoned and killed by blood-thirsty predators,” you say. That’s understandable, but rarely are young animals truly abandoned. Mom is usually nearby watching and waiting for you, the threat, to leave.

In the event you find yourself with a helpless animal (maybe a neighbor brought it to you because you’re the local animal lover), take it to a nearby wildlife rehabilitator. These folks are licensed and trained. They give helpless or injured wildlife the best chance for recovery. And if you really want to help, donate cash or volunteer your time to a rehab center.

Furthermore, a fawn or baby rabbit eaten by a coyote or a hawk does not go to waste. It provides a valuable meal for the predator and/or its young. In fact, without that meal, the predator’s young may starve to death.

From our human perspective, this may seem terribly cruel, but that’s how nature works. Teeth, claws and talons rule the natural world. Most animals eventually end up in another species’ belly. We must resist the urge to treat wildlife as if they are human.

And remember that the biotic potential of every species is staggering. Frogs and fish lay hundreds or thousands of eggs annually. Squirrels give birth to four of five pups twice a year. Species with slower reproductive rates such as bats, bears and eagles have longer lifespans, so that, over time, their populations can increase surprisingly fast.

There is one exception to the hands-off rule. Young flightless birds are often found on the ground. The reason is that open nesting songbirds such as robins and cardinals leave the nest several days before they can fly. If they remain in the nest too long, a predator is sure to find the nest, so they are actually safer spending a few days clambering among the branches of trees and shrubs. But inevitably some fall to the ground. There they are certain to be eaten by a cat, snake, hawk or raccoon.

If you find a young, flightless songbird in the backyard, pick it up and get it off the ground onto a branch of a tree or shrub. The chick’s begging calls will alert the parents, and they will care for them until the chicks become independent.

This is the very least we can do. It’s also the most we should do.

~~  Dr. Shalaway - 2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033 ~~

NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY - WEEK ENDING 05.29.2015

The Gilmer Free Press
RECEIPTS:    Auctions     Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week     104,000     36,700        21,700        162,400 
Last Week     168,000     29,900         6,800        204,700 
Last Year     111,800     24,500         9,200        145,500

Compared to last week, a light holiday test of yearlings and claves sold fully steady to 5.00 higher.

The official start to the summer grilling season was followed by continued good demand for all classes and in many cases no signs of top-side pressure.

Many major early–week auctions were idle this week, including the Oklahoma National Stockyards and the Joplin Regional Stockyards but buyers picked up where they left off at mid-week sales, as demand remains very good for calves and yearlings.

Calve markets continue to trade on limited supplies with enough localized demand to offset supplies.

The best advance continues to be on the heavier yearlings over 800 lbs. as demand remains very good on yearlings with farmer/feeders in the Corn Belt having plenty of corn from last year’s record crop and looking at another good start to the 2015 crop and wanting to “walk it off”.

Several sales took the opportunity to hold special sales, including the one in Russell, IA which sold over 4200 head including near 250 head of steer calves weighing from 500-550 lbs. averaging 528 lbs. sold with a weighted average price of 301.46 and a pot load of steers averaging 817 lbs. selling at 234.25.

A little farther south at the Unionville Livestock Auction in Unionville, MO on Tuesday sold over 240 head of yearling steers averaging 885 lbs. sold with a weighted average price of 224.60.

Last week’s Cattle on Feed Report released last Friday was bullish with April replacements coming in significantly lower than expected at 95%.

One bullish aspect to this number would be smaller slaughter numbers going into the fourth quarter of this year and also that heifer retention is still very active for herd expansion.

Boxed-beef values after a stellar performance took a breather late last week while attention will turn to weekend clearance.  Boxed-beef prices continued to hold together till mid-week trading mostly above 260.00 level for Choice product, then dipping below the 260.00 mark on Thursday closing at 259.25.

Friday boxed-beef values turned sharply lower, with Choice down 4.26 closing at 254.99.

Boxed-beef values are due for a seasonal decline and correction after topping out around the Memorial Day period, as the long hot days of summer set in.

Beef demand so far has been generally unaffected by pork and poultry sales.

On Thursday Live and Feeder Cattle futures had impressive triple-digit gains, trading at some of their highest levels since the first part of January.

Wet weather persisted across much of the country with flooding conditions in the Southern Plains from Texas up through Kansas.

With widespread rains supporting excellent grazing throughout much of the country is a trend that is expected to continue.

Corn planting is now 92% completed, with the first 2015 corn planting crop conditions out at 74% rated good to excellent; it’s a long growing season and a long way from being in the bin, but the corn season is off to one of the best starts in years.

Auction volume included 54% weighing over 600 lbs. and 40% heifers.

AUCTION RECEIPTS:  104,000   Last Week:  168,000   Last Year:  111,800

Buckhannon Livestock, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday May 27, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  66

Slaughter cows made up 30% of the offering, slaughter bulls 8%,
replacement cows 9%, and feeders 53%.

The feeder supply included 54% steers, 11% heifers, and 34% bulls.

Near 46% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    730-730    730       195.00         195.00
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
    4    592-592    592       267.00         267.00
    3    613-613    613       250.00         250.00
    3    705-705    705       200.00         200.00
    4    850-850    850       195.00         195.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    660-660    660       175.00         175.00   RED
    1    720-720    720       140.00         140.00
    1    760-760    760       180.00         180.00
                             Holstein Medium and Large  2 - 3
    1    225-225    225       165.00         165.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    575-575    575       198.00         198.00
    1    625-625    625       210.00         210.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    385-385    385       120.00         120.00
    1    575-575    575       160.00         160.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    405-405    405       256.00         256.00
    2    510-510    510    226.00-253.00     239.50   SMOKE
    1    585-585    585       240.00         240.00
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
    2    535-535    535       240.00         240.00
                             Small and Medium 1 - 2
    2    365-365    365       260.00         260.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    380-395    388    177.50-225.00     200.79
    1    590-590    590       167.50         167.50
    1    765-765    765       167.50         167.50

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    875-875    875   999.00-1268.75    1268.75   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1070-1070  1070   999.00-1364.25    1364.25   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    2   1000-1045  1023   999.00-1600.00    1445.97   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1555-1555  1555   999.00-1982.00    1982.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1350-1350  1350   999.00-1620.00    1620.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    8   1090-1300  1211    110.00-118.50     114.78
    5   1100-1230  1150    121.00-125.00     123.25   High Dressing
    2   1215-1245  1230    107.00-107.50     107.25   Low Dressing
    1   1555-1555  1555       110.00         110.00
    1   1410-1410  1410        99.00          99.00   Low Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    785-785    785        85.00          85.00
    2    850-1035   943     93.00-103.00      97.51

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1350-1350  1350       128.00         128.00
    1   1150-1150  1150       113.00         113.00   Low Dressing
    3   1640-2155  1848    145.00-152.50     148.53   High Dressing
Bulls By Head
HEad  Avg wt	Price
 1	1060	1500

Cow/calf Pairs					M&L1
Head 	Age Range				Price
 3	2-8 yrs old w/calf under250 lbs		1050-2700
Goats			Sel3
Head	Type		Price
 1	Big Billies	65
 1	Weather Sl	125

South Branch Livestock, Moorefield, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday May 27, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  94

Slaughter cows made up 53% of the offering, slaughter bulls 8%,
other cows 5%, and feeders 34%.

The feeder supply included 18% steers, 55% heifers, and 27% bulls.

Near 55% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    545-545    545       225.00         225.00   Red
    1    670-670    670       216.00         216.00
    1    725-725    725       181.00         181.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    500-500    500       195.00         195.00   Exotic

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    503-515    507    225.00-228.00     226.02
    1    600-600    600       204.00         204.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    520-520    520       175.00         175.00
    3    567-567    567       198.00         198.00
    4    600-645    628    186.00-190.00     187.98

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    455-455    455       170.00         170.00   Exotic
    1    670-670    670       169.00         169.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    4    788-788    788       165.00         165.00

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4   1535-1770  1630     87.00-97.50       92.87
    8   1465-1815  1565     99.50-105.00     101.94   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    3   1105-1225  1165     94.00-98.00       95.68
    5   1040-1330  1175    100.00-110.00     104.80   High Dressing
    1   1475-1475  1475       113.00         113.00   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    9   1030-1310  1173     87.00-97.00       91.44
    2   1010-1150  1080    103.00-113.00     108.32   High Dressing
    2   1045-1145  1095        85.00          85.00   Low Dressing

Heiferettes                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1140-1175  1158    116.00-133.00     124.37   
    1   1315-1315  1315       144.00         144.00   

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1020-1020  1020       119.00         119.00
    2   1890-2045  1968    128.50-129.00     128.74
    2   1900-2125  2013    130.00-135.50     132.60   High Dressing

Cow/Calf Pairs
 Head	Age Range			M&L1		M&L2
    1   2-8 yrs old w/calf over 250lb	2480.00

Weston Livestock Marketing, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday May 23, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  82
Slaughter cows made up 34% of the offering, slaughter bulls 4%,
replacement cows 2%, other cows 2%, and feeders 57%.

The feeder supply included 40% steers, 36% heifers, and 23% bulls.

Near 23% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    275-275    275       302.50         302.50
    1    385-385    385       277.50         277.50
    4    505-505    505       245.00         245.00
    2    655-685    670    240.00-242.50     241.22
    1    780-780    780       220.00         220.00
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
    5    658-658    658       232.50         232.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    390-390    390       250.00         250.00
    1    435-435    435       242.50         242.50
    1    465-465    465       245.00         245.00
    1    580-580    580       240.00         240.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    260-260    260       295.00         295.00
    1    515-515    515       230.00         230.00   SMOKE
    1    585-585    585       225.00         225.00
    1    640-640    640       217.50         217.50
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
    6    482-497    490    235.00-237.50     236.23
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    290-290    290       240.00         240.00
    1    360-360    360       230.00         230.00   RED
    1    440-440    440       200.00         200.00
    2    460-470    465    225.00-235.00     229.95
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    430-430    430       122.50         122.50

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    355-355    355       270.00         270.00
    1    450-450    450       265.00         265.00
    1    635-635    635       232.50         232.50
    1    655-655    655       227.50         227.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    335-335    335       215.00         215.00   RWF
    1    380-380    380       260.00         260.00
    1    370-370    370       205.00         205.00   EXOTIC
    1    470-470    470       252.50         252.50
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    355-355    355       175.00         175.00
    1    470-470    470       125.00         125.00   RWF
    1    515-515    515       180.00         180.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    960-1190  1075   999.00-1600.00    1577.67   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1305-1305  1305       111.00         111.00
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    9    980-1280  1166    103.00-109.00     106.16
    5    980-1300  1150    112.00-119.00     114.85   High Dressing
    1   1240-1240  1240       101.00         101.00   Low Dressing
    2   1400-1560  1480    105.00-109.00     107.11
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    740-740    740        90.00          90.00
    5   1095-1290  1200     96.00-99.00       97.61
    3    925-1130  1058     86.00-92.00       88.72   Low Dressing
    1   1420-1420  1420        95.00          95.00

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    695-695    695       180.00         180.00   Per Head
    1   1035-1035  1035       140.00         140.00   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1170-1170  1170        97.00          97.00   Low Dressing
    1   1840-1840  1840       118.00         118.00
    1   1630-1630  1630       134.00         134.00   High Dressing

Baby Calves			  Dairy		Beef
Head	Age Range		Avg Price
 5	Newborn to 4 Weeks	65-120 
 4	Newborn To 4 Weeks			180-400

Cow/Calf Pairs					M&L1
Head	Age Range				Price Range
 6	2-8yrs old w/calf under 250lbs		1025-2400
 1	Over 8 w/calf under 250lbs		1700

Bulls by Head
Head	Wt Range	Price Range
 2	1245-1300	1560-2650

Goats
Head	Type		Sel1		Sel2
 1	Big Billies			210
 1	Sl Wethers	130

Ram
Head	Wt Range	Price Range
 1	185		67

Slaughter Lambs
Head	Wt Range	Price Range
 2	100-80		145-147.5

Feeder Pigs
Head	Wt Range	Price Range
 1	70		$75

Boars
Head	Wt Range	Price Range
 1	260		.25

JACKSON COUNTY REGIONAL LIVESTOCK, RIPLEY, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday May 23, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  142

Slaughter cows made up 13% of the offering, slaughter bulls 6%,
replacement cows 9%, other cows 2%, and feeders 70%.

The feeder supply included 15% steers, 47% heifers, and 38% bulls.

Near 22% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.


Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    280-280    280       282.50         282.50
    1    275-275    275       247.50         247.50   SMOKE
    1    315-315    315       282.50         282.50
    2    305-305    305       250.00         250.00   RWF
    2    350-395    373    255.00-280.00     266.75
    1    790-790    790       180.00         180.00


                             Medium and Large 2
    1    270-270    270       265.00         265.00
    2    395-395    395       195.00         195.00
    1    465-465    465       227.00         227.00   RWF
    1    820-820    820       159.00         159.00


                             Holstein Large 2
    1    570-570    570       185.00         185.00
    1    600-600    600       165.00         165.00



Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    375-385    380    242.50-245.00     243.73
    1    420-420    420       245.00         245.00
    3    450-485    473    224.00-234.00     230.83
    7    515-533    523    218.00-227.50     222.99
    9    552-582    575    198.00-208.00     200.13
    1    725-725    725       188.00         188.00
    2    700-740    720    168.00-175.00     171.40   SMOKE

                             Medium and Large 2
    1    275-275    275       245.00         245.00
    1    280-280    280       235.00         235.00   RED
    2    310-325    318    235.00-257.50     245.98
    3    370-375    372    217.50-233.00     227.79
    6    455-495    486    182.00-231.00     220.82
    1    530-530    530       202.50         202.50
    1    590-590    590       162.50         162.50
    1    575-575    575       181.00         181.00   EXOTIC
    2    615-620    618    175.00-184.00     179.52
    1    610-610    610       172.50         172.50   RWF
    1    665-665    665       165.00         165.00   SMOKE
    1    765-765    765       142.00         142.00   RWF
    1    865-865    865       149.00         149.00


Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    330-330    330       225.00         225.00
    6    355-390    372    240.00-270.00     256.92
    3    430-430    430    231.00-235.00     232.33
    8    464-490    470    217.50-244.00     235.61
    3    512-530    518    215.00-230.00     224.88
    5    550-590    571    172.00-221.00     201.29
    2    580-595    588    195.00-197.00     196.01   RED
    4    600-625    608    194.00-204.00     197.07
    1    630-630    630       182.00         182.00   RED
    2    620-620    620    194.00-210.00     202.00   SMOKE
    1    905-905    905       140.00         140.00
    1   1030-1030  1030       138.00         138.00
    1   1080-1080  1080       129.00         129.00


Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1050-1050  1050   999.00-1300.00    1300.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1    940-940    940   999.00-1575.00    1575.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1300-1300  1300   999.00-2150.00    2150.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    880-880    880   999.00-1200.00    1200.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    2   1215-1355  1285   999.00-1800.00    1658.17   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    2   1100-1130  1115   999.00-1650.00    1502.02   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1200-1225  1213   999.00-2050.00    2025.26   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2    960-1125  1043   999.00-1775.00    1763.49   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1355-1355  1355   999.00-1650.00    1650.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred


Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1530-1530  1530        94.00          94.00

                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    805-805    805        94.00          94.00   Low Dressing
    2    995-1050  1023        98.00          98.00
    4   1035-1395  1186    110.00-119.00     114.90   High Dressing
    1   1260-1260  1260        81.00          81.00   Low Dressing
    1   1460-1460  1460       110.00         110.00   High Dressing

                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    780-780    780       120.00         120.00   High Dressing
    1    985-985    985        96.50          96.50
    4    990-1130  1031    118.00-129.00     121.29   High Dressing
    2    805-1198  1002     83.00-84.00       83.40   Low Dressing

Heiferettes                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    690-870    780    145.00-162.50     152.74   Per Head
    1   1030-1030  1030       147.00         147.00   Per Head


Breeding Bulls
 Head
    4    1400.00-2400.00


Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    955-955    955       112.00         112.00   Low Dressing
    1   1240-1240  1240       132.00         132.00
    1   1325-1325  1325       140.00         140.00   High Dressing
    3   1125-1330  1257    114.00-120.00     116.47   Low Dressing
    1   1525-1525  1525       127.00         127.00
    1   1950-1950  1950       148.00         148.00   High Dressing


Cow Calf Pairs
 Head
          2-8yrs old w/calf under 250lbs
          2-8yrs old w/calf over 250lbs       2100.00-2175.00
          Over 8 w/calf under 250lbs          2250.00
          Over 8 w/calf over 250lbs
  

Baby Calves
 Head
    6     Newborn Beef     300.00-450.00
          Newborn Dairy    200.00

Goats                        Sel 1          Sel2
 Head     Sm Billies          65.00        55.00
          Bg Billies      125.00-215.0     110.00
          Sm Nannies       65.00-75.00
          Big Nannies
          Wethers
          kids
          
Feeder Lambs
 Head     4 hd 78lbs   1.66

Feeder Pigs
 Head
    8     45.00-85.00

Sows
 Head

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,038 Spring Turkeys in 2015

The Gilmer Free Press

SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV - Spring Gobbler hunters electronically checked in 9,038 gobblers this year, slightly lower than the number checked last year, according to Keith Krantz, Turkey and Upland Game Biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The 2015 spring gobbler season was the first season in which West Virginia hunters could use either the telephone, Internet or license agent to check in an animal.

“For the most part, hunters seemed to embrace being able to electronically register their gobblers,“ Krantz said. “Very few issues were reported given the magnitude of this change. However, because we don’t know yet if the check-in rate changed between systems, comparing harvest figures between seasons is problematic.“

Youth hunters checked in 383 gobblers during the youth season held April 25. Mason County had the highest reported harvest of 21, followed by Preston County with 15 and Jackson and Logan counties with 14 each.

Of the six DNR districts in the state, District 1 in the northern part of the state recorded the most birds checked with 1,835, followed by District 4 (1,726), District 6 (1,675), District 5 (1,510), District 3 (1,399) and District 2 (893). While District 1 had the highest harvest, District 4 in the southern part of the state had four counties in the top 10, more than any other district.

Preston County in District 1 led the state with 333 gobblers checked. Mason County followed with 313 birds checked. Rounding out the top five were Jackson County (264), Wyoming County (257) and Harrison and Wood counties each with (247).

“Above-average fall mast crops in 2014 and great weather this spring should ensure good poult survival, which in turn increases the population for future harvests,“ Krantz said.

West Virginia Spring Turkey Harvest, 2011–2015

County

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Barbour

160

182

162

178

129

Brooke

93

74

104

84

67

Hancock

107

92

110

110

89

Harrison

242

282

355

264

247

Marion

135

163

218

149

170

Marshall

253

224

300

220

174

Monongalia

218

221

262

174

198

Ohio

92

87

131

91

108

Preston

325

330

403

344

333

Taylor

76

93

103

87

72

Tucker

56

62

57

88

82

Wetzel

125

210

256

203

166

District   I Subtotal

1,882

2,020

2,461

1,992

1,835

Berkeley

86

88

98

112

124

Grant

102

114

129

129

131

Hampshire

119

120

124

138

155

Hardy

123

101

129

135

115

Jefferson

42

43

60

57

82

Mineral

78

86

87

96

118

Morgan

70

56

54

62

64

Pendleton

100

95

117

95

104

District   II Subtotal

720

703

798

824

893

Braxton

172

119

238

175

194

Clay

85

77

147

68

83

Lewis

201

181

221

180

194

Nicholas

166

161

221

164

213

Pocahontas

108

124

160

130

145

Randolph

142

94

217

186

225

Upshur

213

199

262

229

231

Webster

99

94

118

113

114

District   III Subtotal

1,186

1,049

1,584

1,245

1,399

Fayette

234

176

287

244

239

Greenbrier

253

235

299

245

242

McDowell

228

154

308

215

217

Mercer

186

146

177

170

161

Monroe

158

162

206

212

181

Raleigh

215

185

277

214

231

Summers

210

176

258

209

198

Wyoming

242

132

291

255

257

District   IV Subtotal

1,726

1,366

2,103

1,764

1,726

Boone

185

144

230

159

141

Cabell

134

129

138

80

108

Kanawha

311

214

332

231

227

Lincoln

188

157

213

178

169

Logan

169

133

246

181

172

Mason

445

343

370

293

313

Mingo

138

92

141

93

91

Putnam

236

196

225

150

181

Wayne

182

92

144

103

108

District   V Subtotal

1,988

1,500

2,039

1,468

1,510

Calhoun

96

138

179

135

128

Doddridge

121

111

138

126

118

Gilmer

137

132

191

147

124

Jackson

290

244

326

293

264

Pleasants

68

81

83

73

71

Ritchie

212

233

326

245

217

Roane

195

193

236

232

210

Tyler

135

133

211

136

143

Wirt

157

164

193

177

153

Wood

277

236

294

271

247

District   VI Subtotal

1,688

1,665

2,177

1,835

1,675

State   Total

9,190

8,303

11,162

9,128

9,038

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