During the 2013-14 fall turkey season, 5,351 turkeys were harvested. The 2013-14 season total was the highest fall harvest reported over the past 9 years. This harvest was 21% above last year's reported kill (4,432). The harvest increased 8% in counties west of the Blue Ridge Mountains (WBR) (1,734 vs 1,869). Counties east of the Blue Ridge Mountains (EBR) increased 29% percent (2,698 vs. 3,482). EBR hunters harvested 22 birds per 100 square miles of forest range. The rate was nearly identical in counties WBR where 21 birds were killed per 100 square miles of forest range. Bedford led all counties with a harvest of 167 birds. Most (93%) of the harvest was reported on private lands. Approximately 5% of the harvest was on federal lands. The harvest on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests increased 15% and 11%, respectively. On the youth apprentice fall turkey hunt day, 50 birds were harvested which is lower than last year (60).
The 2013-14 fall season was the third year where a 2-week turkey hunting was provided in January. The harvest during the January season was 265 birds, a slight increase over the 2012-13 harvest of 245 birds. Many hunters submitted complimentary remarks about the opportunity to hunt in January.
Eleven percent of the state harvest was taken on Thanksgiving Day. In counties EBR more birds were taken the holiday week that included Christmas. In contrast, more birds were taken during the first week of the season in counties WBR.