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West Virginia Hunters Check In 1,131 Fall Turkeys

The Free Press WV

SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV - Fall turkey hunters checked in 1,131 turkeys this fall from 33 open counties, according to Keith Krantz, wild turkey and upland game bird project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

Leading the state, Randolph County hunters reported harvesting 114 birds, followed by Greenbrier (81), Preston (71), Nicholas (63) and Pocahontas (62) county hunters. Preston County hunters have a two-week season while the others in the top five counties had four-week seasons. The 14 “traditional” fall hunting counties accounted for 56 percent of the total fall harvest, which was very similar to previous years.

All six DNR districts were open to fall turkey hunting in 2015. District 3 led the state with a harvest of 371 birds, followed by District 4 (208), District 2 (196), District 1 (185), District 6 (109) and District 5 (62).

“Fall turkey harvests are driven by a number of factors, including hunter participation, recruitment of turkeys into the population, and availability of hard mast,” Krantz said. “Harvest is relatively low in many of our nontraditional counties because hunters there were likely bowhunting for deer and not fall turkey hunting. Harvest numbers, therefore, may not reflect relative abundance of turkeys in those counties.”

DNR’s annual Mast Survey Report found oak mast to be spotty at best. which likely concentrated birds at localized food sources in many traditional counties. The hunter outlook part of the Mast Survey accurately predicted a turkey harvest similar to the 956 taken in 2014.

Fall harvest of wild turkeys in West Virginia, 2011-2015

County

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Barbour

0

30

0

18

0

Brooke

6

7

9

2

6

Hancock

8

11

8

5

8

Harrison

20

26

20

20

28

Marion

0

15

4

6

19

Marshall

11

28

10

22

9

Monongalia

13

18

24

15

25

Ohio

12

12

9

3

6

Preston

76

63

77

53

71

Taylor

0

11

8

5

0

Tucker

17

25

14

25

13

Wetzel

0

14

2

18

0

District 1 Subtotal

163

260

185

192

185

Berkeley

35

18

36

19

29

Grant

31

31

41

17

38

Hampshire

22

22

41

15

35

Hardy

27

30

34

18

31

Mineral

32

22

28

16

24

Morgan

18

5

14

15

15

Pendleton

38

46

26

31

24

District 2 Subtotal

203

174

220

131

196

Lewis

22

0

8

0

25

Nicholas

61

98

39

88

63

Pocahontas

68

79

57

54

62

Randolph

142

77

59

83

114

Upshur

42

43

28

0

59

Webster

44

58

35

50

48

District 3 Subtotal

379

355

226

275

371

Greenbrier

90

138

64

81

81

McDowell

0

0

33

0

0

Mercer

52

0

0

2

0

Monroe

63

89

71

52

61

Summers

31

73

42

41

25

Wyoming

0

0

37

35

41

District 4 Subtotal

236

300

247

211

208

Cabell

5

12

4

0

0

Lincoln

0

0

14

0

0

Mason

57

41

26

33

43

Putnam

21

21

2

0

19

Logan

0

0

17

0

0

District 5 Subtotal

83

74

63

33

62

Calhoun

0

14

8

0

0

Gilmer

0

0

6

0

0

Jackson

33

39

18

37

24

Pleasants

2

5

4

3

6

Ritchie

0

0

2

12

0

Tyler

9

6

1

8

15

Wirt

34

23

19

23

17

Wood

43

44

20

31

47

District 6 Subtotal

121

131

78

114

109

Unknown

1

0

0

0

0

State Total

1,186

1,294

1,019

956

1,131

--> Friday, December 11, 2015
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