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Current Wild Turkey Hunting Regulation Strategies|
Regulations used for traditional fall-hunted counties.
Fourteen counties including Berkeley, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, and Tucker have always had wild turkey populations and have had a longstanding tradition of fall hunting. One county, Preston, has had a tradition of two-weeks of fall hunting since 1960. These above 15 counties are classified as traditional fall hunted counties. The strategy is to continue to have a spring gobbler season and a general fall season without limitation on the number of hunters unless wild turkey populations decline in these counties. Any county depicting a declining trend in its wild turkey population will be proposed for either (1) a reduction in fall season length to one or two weeks or (2) to be placed under the strategy used for non-traditional counties. Any such action would require approval by the Natural Resources Commission.
Regulation Strategy for non-traditional fall hunted counties as approved by Natural Resources Commission, April 30, 2000.
All counties currently closed to fall turkey hunting will remain closed until the county has a spring harvest of 1 bird per square mile of turkey range.
Any county qualifying for fall hunting will initially be opened to 7 days of either-sex hunting with a limited number of permits. The season will open the same date as the traditional fall hunted counties. Any county opened to fall permit hunting must maintain a spring gobbler kill of at least 1 bird per square mile of range to remain open. Only resident hunters will be permitted to participate in permit hunting. All resident hunters except landowners will be required to apply for permits.
Calculation of number of permits issued shall be predicated on the following criteria:
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