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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: January 14, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section  Chief 304-558-2771 DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov


West Virginia Hunters Harvest 1,233 Fall Turkeys in 2012

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary figures for the 2012 fall turkey hunting season show a harvest of 1,233 turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The 2012 harvest was four percent higher than the 1,186 birds checked in during the 2011 fall season and three percent higher than the five-year average.  Three districts saw increases above average harvests, while the other three districts had slight decreases. 

            “Fall wild turkey harvests are highly influenced by hunter participation, annual recruitment of young turkeys and hard mast conditions,” said Taylor.  “The above-average but scattered acorn crop of 2012 concentrated birds in areas of abundant mast, making those birds somewhat more susceptible to harvest, especially in our non-traditional, fall hunting counties.”

            Top counties for 2012 were Greenbrier (139), Nicholas (98), Randolph (91), Monroe (89) and Summers (71).  The traditional fall hunting counties, including Preston County, the Eastern Panhandle and the mountain regions of the state, accounted for 56 percent of the total fall kill, which was almost identical to last year. Interestingly, these same traditional fall counties contributed only 19 percent of the total spring wild turkey hunting season harvest in 2012. 

**DNR**

West Virginia Fall Turkey Harvest, 2008–2012

County

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Barbour

 

 

 

 

34

Brooke

12

14

6

6

7

Hancock

9

14

24

8

11

Harrison

34

25

0

20

25

Marion

 

 

12

 

15

Marshall

9

15

15

11

28

Monongalia

30

 

24

13

18

Ohio

 

7

16

12

12

Preston

89

83

80

76

63

Taylor

 

 

7

 

11

Tucker

31

25

28

17

22

Wetzel

 

 

9

 

14

Dist. I Subtotal

214

183

221

163

260

Berkeley

31

30

18

35

18

Grant

74

51

42

31

35

Hampshire

61

49

30

22

25

Hardy

74

58

33

27

33

Jefferson

 

 

 

 

 

Mineral

38

27

17

32

21

Morgan

26

24

14

18

5

Pendleton

47

51

38

38

37

Dist. II Subtotal

351

290

192

203

174

Braxton

 

 

 

 

 

Clay

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis

 

 

12

22

 

Nicholas

39

116

46

61

98

Pocahontas

74

53

47

68

24

Randolph

115

75

58

142

91

Upshur

35

38

40

42

44

Webster

36

66

37

44

58

Dist. III Subtotal

299

348

240

379

315

Fayette

 

 

 

 

 

Greenbrier

84

103

92

90

139

McDowell

 

 

16

 

 

Mercer

 

 

 

52

 

Monroe

60

105

59

63

89

Raleigh

 

 

 

 

 

Summers

35

 

36

31

71

Wyoming

 

 

31

 

 

Dist. IV Subtotal

179

208

234

236

299

Boone

 

 

 

 

 

Cabell

 

 

6

5

10

Kanawha

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln

 

 

41

 

 

Logan

 

 

 

 

 

Mason

101

81

46

57

37

Mingo

 

 

 

 

 

Putnam

 

 

38

21

21

Wayne

 

 

 

 

 

Dist. V Subtotal

101

81

131

83

68

Calhoun

 

 

 

 

13

Doddridge

 

 

 

 

 

Gilmer

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson

 

 

19

33

36

Pleasants

4

 

2

2

5

Ritchie

 

 

12

 

 

Roane

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler

 

 

17

9

6

Wirt

30

36

21

34

22

Wood

28

61

37

43

35

Dist. VI Subtotal

62

97

108

121

117

Unknown

 

1

 

1

 

State Total

1,206

1,208

1,126

1,186

1,233