The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 4, 2011

Spring turkey kill down from 2010

West Virginia turkey hunters bagged 9,216 birds this spring, a 10 percent drop from the spring season of 2010 and the lowest number in more than a decade.

Curtis Taylor, chief of the wildlife resources section for the Division of Natural Resources, attributed the small harvest to foul weather, high gasoline prices and the lower turkey numbers.

A year ago, hunters left the woods with 10,209 turkeys in the spring season.

“Our biologists had predicted a slightly lower harvest, based on poorer productivity in 2009,” Taylor said Friday.

“Preliminary reports from field personnel also indicate a lower hunter turnout, probably due to high fuel prices and many rainy days during the season.”

Back in 1990, the kill amounted to 9,152.

“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.

In the region, the numbers were:

Fayette, 237 turkeys this year, 215 a year ago; Greenbrier, 253 this spring, 226 in 2010; McDowell, 225 and 270; Mercer, 187 and 175; Monroe, 155 and 145; Raleigh, 215 and 182; Summers, 223 and 231; and Wyoming, 242 and 287.

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