Fall turkey kills down in state
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Division of Natural Resources says West Virginia hunters bagged 1,013 wild turkeys last fall, down 20 percent from the previous year.
DNR wildlife resources chief Curtis Taylor says the Eastern Panhandle was the only district to show an increase. He says the overall decline occurred despite more counties being open for fall hunting compared with 2012.
Taylor says wild turkey hunting is heavily influenced by annual reproduction, food supply and hunter participation. Heavy rains in June and July resulted in lower survival rates of young birds. Top counties for 2013 were Preston, with a take of 77, Monroe with 71, Randolph with 69, Greenbrier with 58 and Pocahontas with 55.