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Joe Manchin III, Governor
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News Release : October 17, 2008

 Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-2003 ext. 365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section (304) 558-2771 wildlife@wvdnr.gov

Beury Mountain WMA in Fayette County Extended; National Wild Turkey Federation Supports Land Acquisition

            The West Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has donated $20,000 towards the purchase of a 4,586 acre tract of land extending Beury Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Fayette County, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources.

            Beury Mountain WMA is now 7,647 acres of prime hunting for wild turkey, white-tailed deer, squirrel and other small game species. Partial funding for this acquisition came through the West Virginia National Wild Turkey Federation’s Hunting Heritage State Super Fund Project.    

            Projects are now underway by the Wildlife Resources Section to improve hunter success for harvesting white tailed-deer and developing habitat for upland game birds. “This area has an excellent potential to provide West Virginia and out-of-state hunters tremendous hunting opportunity for wild turkey, deer, bear, squirrel, ruffed grouse, woodcock and other species,” Taylor said.  The State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has been a longstanding partner with DNR, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts by helping to preserve wild turkey habitat.