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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: June 6, 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 9,017 Spring Turkeys in 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary harvest figures for the 2014 spring gobbler season indicate West Virginia hunters checked in 9,017 bearded turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources. This year's harvest represents a 19 percent decline from the 2013 harvest and a 6 percent departure from the five-year average.

Only District 2 had a harvest increase (up 5 percent) when compared to 2013. All other districts had harvest declines when compared to last year: District 1 (down 20 percent), District 3 (down 28 percent), District 4 (down 17 percent), District 5 (down 27 percent), and District 6 (down 16 percent).

Preston (344) and Mason (297) counties led the state in total harvest. Rounding out the top 10 counties were Jackson (294), Wood (268), Harrison (264), Wyoming (263), Fayette (243), Greenbrier (242), Ritchie (237) and Roane (235).

"In most years, a significant portion of the spring gobbler harvest is composed of 2-year-old birds. Poor wild turkey reproduction in 2012 resulted in fewer birds of this age class available to hunters during the spring season," Taylor said. "According to field reports, hunting pressure also was down from past seasons. This factor likely contributed to the overall harvest decline."

Earlier predictions, which were based in part on measures of wild turkey recruitment and last fall's mast crop, led wildlife biologists to anticipate a lower statewide harvest in 2014, according to Taylor. These forecasts for a lower harvest this spring proved to be accurate.

"Biologists are hopeful this spring will continue to provide moderate-to-average rainfall, support above-average reproduction and allow wild turkey populations to expand," Taylor said.

**DNR**

West Virginia Spring Turkey Harvest , 2010-2014

County

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Barbour

157

160

182

162

171

Brooke

91

93

74

104

84

Hancock

109

107

92

110

110

Harrison

265

242

282

355

264

Marion

179

135

163

218

149

Marshall

316

253

224

300

219

Monongalia

257

218

221

262

174

Ohio

94

92

87

131

91

Preston

321

325

330

403

344

Taylor

86

76

93

103

87

Tucker

68

56

62

57

84

Wetzel

199

125

210

256

203

Dist. I Subtotal

2,142

1,882

2,020

2,461

1,980

Berkeley

89

86

88

98

113

Grant

102

102

114

129

143

Hampshire

149

119

120

124

137

Hardy

158

123

101

129

135

Jefferson

27

42

43

60

56

Mineral

121

78

86

87

93

Morgan

68

70

56

54

63

Pendleton

98

100

95

117

94

Dist. II Subtotal

812

720

703

798

834

Braxton

186

172

119

238

175

Clay

65

85

77

147

68

Lewis

237

201

181

221

184

Nicholas

163

166

161

221

163

Pocahontas

106

108

124

160

127

Randolph

197

142

94

217

186

Upshur

241

213

199

262

129

Webster

102

99

94

118

111

Dist. III Subtotal

1,297

1,186

1,049

1,584

1,143

Fayette

215

234

176

287

243

Greenbrier

226

253

235

299

242

McDowell

270

228

154

308

214

Mercer

175

186

146

177

160

Monroe

145

158

162

206

208

Raleigh

182

215

185

277

215

Summers

231

210

176

258

207

Wyoming

287

242

132

291

263

Dist. IV Subtotal

1,731

1,726

1,366

2,103

1,752

Boone

185

185

144

230

159

Cabell

236

134

129

138

82

Kanawha

261

311

214

332

234

Lincoln

278

188

157

213

178

Logan

194

169

133

246

181

Mason

551

445

343

370

297

Mingo

115

138

92

141

98

Putnam

323

236

196

225

150

Wayne

234

182

92

144

105

Dist. V Subtotal

2,377

1,988

1,500

2,039

1,484

Calhoun

120

96

138

179

135

Doddridge

150

121

111

138

126

Gilmer

135

137

132

191

147

Jackson

286

290

244

326

294

Pleasants

72

68

81

83

73

Ritchie

239

212

233

326

237

Roane

207

195

193

236

235

Tyler

196

135

133

211

136

Wirt

166

157

164

193

173

Wood

279

277

236

294

268

Dist. VI Subtotal

1,850

1,688

1,665

2,177

1,824

Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

State Total

10,209

9,190

8,303

11,162

9,017