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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: January 13, 2014

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

Contact:

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


West Virginia Hunters Harvest 1,013 Fall Turkeys in 2013

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary figures for the West Virginia 2013 fall turkey hunting season show a harvest of 1,013 turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. The 2013 statewide harvest was 20 percent lower than 2012 and 12 percent below the five-year average.

            Only District 2 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 for 2013 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.

**DNR**

West Virginia Fall Turkey Harvest, 2009­–2013

County

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Barbour

 

 

 

30

 

Brooke

14

6

6

7

9

Hancock

14

24

8

11

8

Harrison

25

0

20

26

20

Marion

 

12

 

15

4

Marshall

15

15

11

28

10

Monongalia

 

24

13

18

24

Ohio

7

16

12

12

11

Preston

83

80

76

63

77

Taylor

 

7

 

11

8

Tucker

25

28

17

25

14

Wetzel

 

9

 

14

2

Dist. I Subtotal

183

221

163

260

187

Berkeley

30

18

35

18

37

Grant

51

42

31

31

45

Hampshire

49

30

22

22

43

Hardy

58

33

27

30

32

Jefferson

 

 

 

 

 

Mineral

27

17

32

22

29

Morgan

24

14

18

5

13

Pendleton

51

38

38

46

25

Dist. II Subtotal

290

192

203

174

224

Braxton

 

 

 

 

 

Clay

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis

 

12

22

 

8

Nicholas

116

46

61

98

39

Pocahontas

53

47

68

79

55

Randolph

75

58

142

77

69

Upshur

38

40

42

43

24

Webster

66

37

44

58

35

Dist. III Subtotal

348

240

379

355

230

Fayette

 

 

 

 

 

Greenbrier

103

92

90

138

58

McDowell

 

16

 

 

33

Mercer

 

 

52

 

 

Monroe

105

59

63

89

71

Raleigh

 

 

 

 

 

Summers

 

36

31

71

46

Wyoming

 

31

 

 

37

Dist. IV Subtotal

208

234

236

298

245

Boone

 

 

 

 

 

Cabell

 

6

5

10

1

Kanawha

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln

 

41

 

 

14

Logan

 

 

 

 

17

Mason

81

46

57

37

15

Mingo

 

 

 

 

 

Putnam

 

38

21

21

2

Wayne

 

 

 

 

 

Dist. V Subtotal

81

131

83

68

49

Calhoun

 

 

 

14

8

Doddridge

 

 

 

 

 

Gilmer

 

 

 

 

6

Jackson

 

19

33

35

18

Pleasants

 

2

2

5

4

Ritchie

 

12

 

 

2

Roane

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler

 

17

9

6

1

Wirt

36

21

34

22

19

Wood

61

37

43

35

20

Dist. VI Subtotal

97

108

121

117

78

Unknown

1

 

1

0

 

State Total

1,208

1,126

1,186

1,272

1,013