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Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director

 

News Release : May 25, 2007

 

Hoy Murphy , Public Information Officer (304) 558-3381 hoymurphy@wvdnr.gov
Contact:
Curtis Taylor , Wildlife Resources Section Chief (304) 558-2771wildlife@wvdnr.gov

2007 West Virginia Spring Gobbler Harvest Reported

Hunters in West Virginia harvested 9,976 turkeys during the 2007 spring gobbler season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). Preliminary harvest figures indicate this year’s spring turkey harvest was 15 percent lower than the 11,735 birds taken in 2006.  

The top five counties this spring were Mason (403), Jackson (361), Wood (337), Preston (330) and Summers (289). Forty-seven of the state's 55 counties had lower harvests this year, with much of the harvest decrease occurring in the southern counties. The highest harvests were reported in DNR District 1 (2,142), followed by District 6 (2,052), District 4 (1,906), District 5 (1,630), District 3 (1,326) and District 2 (920). District 6 (19 percent lower) and District 5 (18 percent lower) had the largest percentage decreases in harvest when compared to 2006. 

The reduced gobbling activity and lower harvest rate this past spring were the result of a poor wild turkey brood production year in 2005. A population with fewer 2-year-old gobblers can greatly affect the spring gobbler harvest. Even though the state’s turkey population is generally higher due to last year’s good brood production, the low numbers of 2-year-old birds in the population affected the harvest this spring. Wildlife Biologists have determined the level of brood production accurately forecasts spring turkey harvests two years later, as these 2-year-old birds tend to gobble more and are more susceptible to harvest. Field reports also indicated that hunting pressure in many areas of the state was lower than normal. Hunters can look forward to a better spring gobbler harvest next year, since brood production was good in 2006.

**DNR**

[Editor’s Note: The attached table contains spring wild turkey harvest figures by county for the years 2003 through 2007.]

Table 1. Spring harvest of wild turkeys in West Virginia, 2003-2007. 
            
County 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Barbour 221 188 200 176 176
Brooke 140 144 119 121 101
Hancock 128 182 131 137 117
Harrison 306 277 270 254 237
Marion 255 190 166 190 201
Marshall 363 278 264 306 279
Monongalia 351 292 235 310 260
Ohio 138 116 109 137 77
Preston 454 348 375 400 330
Taylor 156 116 102 101 84
Tucker 102 53 88 98 76
Wetzel 236 200 244 200 204
Dist. I Subtotal 2,850 2,384 2,303 2,430 2,142
Berkeley 69 74 83 107 70
Grant 156 138 108 130 144
Hampshire 224 200 192 220 163
Hardy 172 217 127 226 157
Jefferson 33 40 43 51 44
Mineral 124 86 108 135 115
Morgan 81 61 85 116 86
Pendleton 133 124 108 136 141
Dist. II Subtotal 992 940 854 1,121 920
Braxton 289 227 234 282 210
Clay 95 83 74 82 69
Lewis 375 279 268 258 240
Nicholas 199 181 175 226 187
Pocahontas 132 74 97 128 126
Randolph 204 165 132 176 180
Upshur 274 225 206 258 216
Webster 117 96 68 108 98
Dist. III Subtotal 1,685 1,330 1,254 1,518 1,326
Fayette 309 271 264 261 232
Greenbrier 289 239 276 298 265
McDowell 220 214 182 270 214
Mercer 277 294 389 311 269
Monroe 170 167 217 200 170
Raleigh 294 299 328 264 272
Summers 254 316 387 287 289
Wyoming 237 166 172 243 195
Dist. IV Subtotal 2,050 1,966 2,215 2,134 1,906
Boone 173 189 141 159 150
Cabell 171 141 152 146 126
Kanawha 260 260 297 263 249
Lincoln 220 208 227 223 175
Logan 163 159 155 169 105
Mason 473 400 451 493 403
Mingo 95 81 92 100 79
Putnam 243 211 233 246 178
Wayne 238 198 244 207 165
Dist. V. Subtotal 2,036 1,847 1,992 2,006 1,630
Calhoun 189 183 164 193 147
Doddridge 245 191 214 199 117
Gilmer 224 186 183 195 151
Jackson 468 250 333 353 361
Pleasants 113 89 90 97 56
Ritchie 437 291 341 317 245
Roane 326 294 297 293 269
Tyler 246 178 199 198 153
Wirt 317 215 234 272 216
Wood 357 229 284 409 337
Dist. VI Subtotal 2,922 2,106 2,339 2,526 2,052
State Total 12,535 10,573 10,957 11,735 9,976

 



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