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2014 Spring Gobbler Season Results

West Virginia DNR

West Virginia DNR

South Charleston, WV -(Ammoland.com)– 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.

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 14198
  • 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

State Total 10,209 9,190 8,303 11,162 9,017

About the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

It is the statutory mission of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to provide and administer a long-range comprehensive program for the exploration, conservation, development, protection, enjoyment and use of the natural resources of the State of West Virginia.

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