Cumberland Times-News

Outdoors

January 19, 2014

Slighty more than 1,000 turkeys harvested in W.Va.

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There

were 1,013 turkeys harvested in West Virginia

during the fall season, according to

Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural

Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

The statewide harvest was 20 percent

lower than 2012 and 12 percent below the

five-year average.

Only counties in the Eastern Panhandle

showed an increase (29 percent) in harvest

while the other districts experienced

declines. The decline in harvest occurred

despite more counties being open for fall

hunting than in 2012.

“Fall wild turkey harvests are highly

influenced by hunter participation, annual

turkey poult recruitment, and hard mast

conditions,” said Taylor. “Turkey brood

observations this past summer were down

slightly from 2012 and considerably below

the five-year average. This was expected

due to the high amount of rainfall in June

and July which resulted in lower poult survival.”

Top counties were Preston (77), Monroe

(71), Randolph (69), Greenbrier (58) and

Pocahontas (55). Despite an increase in the

number of counties open to fall hunting, the

traditional fall hunt counties including Preston

County, the Eastern Panhandle and

mountain regions of the state, accounted

for 63 percent of the total fall kill.

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