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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: May 24, 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 10,974 Spring Turkeys

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary harvest figures for the 2013 spring gobbler season indicate West Virginia hunters checked in 10,974 bearded turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. This year’s harvest represents a 32 percent increase over the 2012 harvest and is 13 percent above the previous five-year average. 

            “Our biologists expected a higher harvest because of the carry-over of birds from last year’s lower harvest,” said Taylor. “In addition, the weather was perfect for hunting, especially during opening week when the majority of hunters were in the woods.”

           The 2013 harvest was higher in all districts and 52 counties compared to 2012.  While the harvest in District 2 virtually equaled the five-year average, the other districts saw significant increases above that average. Harvest in District 3 increased almost 21 percent over its five-year average and both Districts 1 and 4 saw increases of 15 percent as well. The top 10 counties were Preston with a kill of 403, Mason (360), Harrison (355), Kanawha (327), Ritchie (325), Jackson (312), Greenbrier (309), Wood (308), McDowell (305) and Marshall (301).

            The 2013 harvest was the highest since 2006 and stopped a declining spring harvest trend that began in 2007. Similar to most hunted species, reproduction is correlated to harvests.  Average fall mast crops which keep hens in good physical condition through the winter, followed by average springs with moderate rainfall, ensure good poult survival, which increases the population for future harvests. 

            “Because a significant portion of the harvest is composed of two-year-old birds, one factor that added to this year’s harvest was the successful poult production in 2011,” Taylor said.  “We are hopeful that this spring will continue to provide moderate-to-average rainfall and we will have above-average reproduction, rebuilding the turkey population to levels we experienced a decade ago.”

**DNR**

West Virginia Spring Turkey Harvest, 2009-2013

County

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Barbour

209

157

160

182

161

Brooke

86

91

93

74

105

Hancock

98

109

107

92

110

Harrison

310

265

242

282

355

Marion

175

179

135

163

218

Marshall

214

316

253

224

301

Monongalia

215

257

218

221

261

Ohio

64

94

92

87

129

Preston

378

321

325

330

403

Taylor

101

86

76

93

103

Tucker

68

68

56

62

57

Wetzel

213

199

125

210

256

Dist. 1 Subtotal

2,131

2,142

1,882

2,020

2,459

Berkeley

83

89

86

88

99

Grant

121

102

102

114

129

Hampshire

194

149

119

120

120

Hardy

172

158

123

101

121

Jefferson

44

27

42

43

60

Mineral

135

121

78

86

86

Morgan

63

68

70

56

54

Pendleton

114

98

100

95

117

Dist. 2 Subtotal

926

812

720

703

786

Braxton

226

186

172

119

239

Clay

89

65

85

77

146

Lewis

241

237

201

181

222

Nicholas

157

163

166

161

221

Pocahontas

117

106

108

124

162

Randolph

198

197

142

94

215

Upshur

298

241

213

199

262

Webster

113

102

99

94

117

Dist. 3 Subtotal

1,439

1,297

1,186

1,049

1,584

Fayette

255

215

234

176

282

Greenbrier

266

226

253

235

309

McDowell

181

270

228

154

305

Mercer

215

175

186

146

169

Monroe

178

145

158

162

173

Raleigh

227

182

215

185

239

Summers

219

231

210

176

253

Wyoming

227

287

242

132

249

Dist. 4 Subtotal

1,768

1,731

1,726

1,366

1,979

Boone

111

185

185

144

224

Cabell

157

236

134

129

132

Kanawha

219

261

311

214

327

Lincoln

183

278

188

157

210

Logan

160

194

169

133

245

Mason

419

551

445

343

360

Mingo

95

115

138

92

141

Putnam

256

323

236

196

221

Wayne

146

234

182

92

144

Dist. 5 Subtotal

1,746

2,377

1,988

1,500

2,004

Calhoun

129

120

96

138

177

Doddridge

135

150

121

111

138

Gilmer

147

135

137

132

191

Jackson

257

286

290

244

312

Pleasants

63

72

68

81

83

Ritchie

206

239

212

233

325

Roane

219

207

195

193

235

Tyler

167

196

135

133

211

Wirt

175

166

157

164

182

Wood

279

279

277

236

308

Dist. 6 Subtotal

1,777

1,850

1,688

1,665

2,162

Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

State Total

9,787

10,209

9,190

8,303

10,974