Morgan County hunters take 93 spring turkey

According to preliminary data, West Virginia hunters harvested 11,314 birds during the spring turkey season, a slight increase over the 2019 harvest of 11,215. The 2020 spring turkey harvest is close to the five-year average of 11,344 and 9 percent above the 10-year average.

“We had a good harvest this year thanks to a great youth turkey season,” said Mike Peters, wild turkey biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “The youth turkey season expanded to two days this year and it appears our young hunters took advantage of the additional opportunity.”

Youth hunters harvested 643 gobblers during the two days — 368 on Saturday and 275 on Sunday — representing a 37 percent increase over last year’s youth harvest. Those numbers are included in the table below with county totals.

Districts 4 and 5 reported slight harvest increases over last year’s totals. The remaining districts harvested slightly fewer birds than last year. District 1 harvested the most birds (2,749), followed by District 6 (2,284), District 5 (2,131), District 4 (1,617), District 3 (1,521) and District 2 (1,012).

The top five counties with the highest turkey harvest were Mason (457), Preston (434), Jackson (402), Wood (344) and Harrison (339) counties.

Spring harvest of wild turkeys in West Virginia, 2016-2020:

County         2016    2017    2018    2019    2020

Berkeley         115       147       162       141       151

Grant  161       145       160       140       124

Hampshire       170       184       166       203       176

Hardy 132       132       151       142       123

Jefferson         79         115       115       125       121

Mineral           134       133       148       121       113

Morgan           54         64         65         83         93

Pendleton        88         112       112       112       111

District        933       1,032     1,079     1,067     1,012

State Total   10,361   11,545   12,287   11,215   11,314

 

 

 

 

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