Hunters in West Virginia harvested 4 percent more turkeys in 2011 than the year before.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources today said 1,172 turkeys were killed during the fall turkey hunting season. In 2010, 1,126 birds were killed during the fall season, according to Paul Johansen, assistant chief in charge of game management for the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
"Fall wild turkey harvests are highly influenced by annual reproduction and hard mast conditions," Johansen said in the news release. "The reduced acorn crop of 2011 had birds more concentrated around specific food sources and easier to harvest than in 2010. Although there were six fewer counties open to fall hunting in 2011, the harvest was slightly above the 2010 tally. Biologists had predicted that the harvest would be similar to higher because of the mast conditions and brood production and these predictions held true in 2011."
The 2011 harvest numbers were still dramatically lower than just a few years ago. In 2007, hunters killed 1,511 turkeys during the fall season. In 2008 and 2009, hunters harvested 1,206 and 1,208 birds respectively.
Top counties for 2011 were Randolph, where 142 birds were harvested, Greenbrier (91), Preston (76), Pocahontas (68) and Monroe (63).
To see a county-by county breakdown of the fall turkey harvest click the link below
http://www.statejournal.com/story/16516 ... all-season