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West Virginia Hunters Harvest 8,332 Spring Turkeys

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Preliminary harvest figures for the 2012 spring gobbler season are in and West Virginia hunters checked in 8,332 bearded turkeys, according to Frank Jezioro, director of the Division of Natural Resources. This year’s harvest is a 10 percent decline from the 2011 harvest and a 15 percent decline from the previous five-year average.

Biologists have long recognized that the brood counts two years prior are fairly accurate predictors of harvest since most of the kill is composed of two-year old birds. Brood production in 2010 was 28 percent lower than 2009; therefore, the 2012 spring harvest was lower because fewer birds were available. Brood production was higher in 2011 but still below the long-term average.

“Because future harvests are dependent on brood production and survival, let’s hope for a dry June and a more normal spring in 2013, if there is such a thing,” said Jezioro.

The 2012 spring kill is the lowest since 1989, when 7,245 birds were harvested by hunters. While all the other districts saw a decline in harvest, hunters in District 1 (northern counties) registered a 7 percent increase over last year. The southern districts saw the greatest reduction in harvest, with Districts 5 and 4 declining by 25 and 21 percent, respectively.

The top counties were Mason with a kill of 343, Preston (330), Harrison (282), Wood (237) and Greenbrier (235). Rounding out the top 10 counties were Jackson (229), Marshall (227), Upshur (224), Monongalia (222) and Kanawha (213).

County

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Barbour

224

209

157

159

179

Brooke

79

86

91

93

74

Hancock

71

98

109

107

92

Harrison

291

310

265

242

282

Marion

178

175

179

135

163

Marshall

222

214

316

254

227

Monongalia

247

215

257

218

222

Ohio

53

64

94

92

87

Preston

371

378

321

325

330

Taylor

115

101

86

76

93

Tucker

85

68

68

58

62

Wetzel

253

213

199

133

210

Dist. 1 Subtotal

2,189

2,131

2,142

1,892

2,021

Berkeley

70

83

89

85

88

Grant

115

121

102

102

117

Hampshire

165

194

149

118

119

Hardy

141

172

158

123

100

Jefferson

34

44

27

42

42

Mineral

107

135

121

77

85

Morgan

88

63

68

70

56

Pendleton

101

114

98

100

94

Dist. 2 Subtotal

821

926

812

717

701

Braxton

199

226

186

172

118

Clay

77

89

65

85

75

Lewis

243

241

237

201

181

Nicholas

210

157

163

166

160

Pocahontas

102

117

106

107

125

Randolph

163

198

197

140

150

Upshur

288

298

241

212

224

Webster

98

113

102

99

95

Dist. 3 Subtotal

1,380

1,439

1,297

1,182

1,128

Fayette

279

255

215

237

179

Greenbrier

292

266

226

253

235

McDowell

250

181

270

225

156

Mercer

253

215

175

187

141

Monroe

142

178

145

155

161

Raleigh

221

227

182

215

185

Summers

258

219

231

223

175

Wyoming

209

227

287

242

132

Dist. 4 Subtotal

1,904

1,768

1,731

1,737

1,364

Boone

118

111

185

185

144

Cabell

138

157

236

134

133

Kanawha

247

219

261

310

213

Lincoln

188

183

278

188

157

Logan

157

160

194

169

133

Mason

394

419

551

447

343

Mingo

82

95

115

138

92

Putnam

232

256

323

237

196

Wayne

145

146

234

189

92

Dist. 5 Subtotal

1,701

1,746

2,377

1,997

1,503

Calhoun

141

129

120

96

138

Doddridge

144

135

150

121

107

Gilmer

139

147

135

138

132

Jackson

310

257

286

291

229

Pleasants

89

63

72

68

82

Ritchie

208

206

239

212

205

Roane

229

219

207

195

193

Tyler

174

167

196

137

132

Wirt

185

175

166

157

160

Wood

315

279

279

276

237

Dist. 6 Subtotal

1,934

1,777

1,850

1,691

1,615

State Total

9,929

9,787

10,209

9,216

8,332

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