1/15/2014 8:06 AM
CHARLESTON - The Division of Natural Resources said that West Virginia hunters bagged 1,013 wild turkeys last fall, which was down 20% from the year before.
DNR Wildlife Resources Chief Curtis Taylor said the Eastern Panhandle was the only district that showed an increase. Taylor said the overall decline happened despite more counties being open for fall hunting compared with 2012. He noted that wild turkey hunting was heavily influenced by annual reproduction, food supply, and hunter participation. Heavy rains in June and July resulted in lower survival rates of young birds.
Monroe County came in second this year with 71 birds and Greenbrier County finished fourth with 58.