West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,216 Spring Turkeys

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,216 Spring Turkeys

West Virginia DNR
West Virginia DNR

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – -(Ammoland.com)- Preliminary harvest numbers for the 2011 spring gobbler season show a take of 9,216 bearded turkeys, a decline of 10 percent from the 2010 harvest of 10,209 birds.

Division of Natural Resources’ wildlife officials surmise a combination of inclement weather, high gas prices, and lower turkey numbers were major factors in the lower kill.

“Our biologists had predicted a slightly lower harvest based on poorer productivity in 2009,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section.  “Preliminary reports from field personnel also indicate a lower hunter turnout, probably due to high fuel prices and many rainy days during the season.”

The harvest was down 12 percent each in Districts 1 and 2, down 9 percent each in Districts 3 and 6, down 16 percent in District 5, and up slightly in District 4.

Top counties were Mason with a kill of 447, Preston (325), Kanawha (310), Jackson (291), and Wood (276).  Rounding out the top 10 counties were Marshall (254), Greenbrier (253), Harrison (242), Wyoming (242), Fayette (237), and Putnam (237).

The 2011 spring kill is the lowest since 1990, when 9,152 birds were checked.  “Let’s hope for a dry June so young poults will have high survival and bolster populations, although it will take several years of good brood production to get turkey numbers to levels they were 10 years ago,” Taylor said.

Spring harvest of wild turkeys in West Virginia, 2007–2011
County 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Barbour 177 224 209 157 159
Brooke 101 79 86 91 93
Hancock 117 71 98 109 107
Harrison 237 291 310 265 242
Marion 201 178 175 179 135
Marshall 279 222 214 316 254
Monongalia 260 247 215 257 218
Ohio 77 53 64 94 92
Preston 330 371 378 321 325
Taylor 84 115 101 86 76
Tucker 83 85 68 68 58
Wetzel 204 253 213 199 133
Dist. I Subtotal 2,150 2,189 2,131 2,142 1,892
Berkeley 71 70 83 89 85
Grant 144 115 121 102 102
Hampshire 163 165 194 149 118
Hardy 156 141 172 158 123
Jefferson 46 34 44 27 42
Mineral 114 107 135 121 77
Morgan 87 88 63 68 70
Pendleton 140 101 114 98 100
Dist. II Subtotal 921 821 926 812 717
Braxton 211 199 226 186 172
Clay 80 77 89 65 85
Lewis 245 243 241 237 201
Nicholas 188 210 157 163 166
Pocahontas 127 102 117 106 107
Randolph 170 163 198 197 140
Upshur 212 288 298 241 212
Webster 98 98 113 102 99
Dist. III Subtotal 1,331 1,380 1,439 1,297 1,182
Fayette 231 279 255 215 237
Greenbrier 264 292 266 226 253
McDowell 214 250 181 270 225
Mercer 269 253 215 175 187
Monroe 170 142 178 145 155
Raleigh 282 221 227 182 215
Summers 284 258 219 231 223
Wyoming 197 209 227 287 242
Dist. IV Subtotal 1,911 1,904 1,768 1,731 1,737
Boone 132 118 111 185 185
Cabell 125 138 157 236 134
Kanawha 254 247 219 261 310
Lincoln 172 188 183 278 188
Logan 112 157 160 194 169
Mason 407 394 419 551 447
Mingo 80 82 95 115 138
Putnam 178 232 256 323 237
Wayne 164 145 146 234 189
Dist. V Subtotal 1,624 1,701 1,746 2,377 1,997
Calhoun 150 141 129 120 96
Doddridge 117 144 135 150 121
Gilmer 150 139 147 135 138
Jackson 332 310 257 286 291
Pleasants 59 89 63 72 68
Ritchie 244 208 206 239 212
Roane 268 229 219 207 195
Tyler 155 174 167 196 137
Wirt 216 185 175 166 157
Wood 337 315 279 279 276
Dist. VI Subtotal 2,028 1,934 1,777 1,850 1,691
State Total 9,965 9,929 9,787 10,209 9,216

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