Spring hunters in Mason and Preston counties harvested the most turkeys

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West Virginia spring turkey hunters harvested 11,210 gobblers this year. Although this is 9% less than last year, it’s also 9% higher than the average of the past ten years, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Here’s the number of harvest per county in north central West Virginia:

County2019
Preston455
Harrison347
Marion298
Upshur295
Ritchie285
Monongalia263
Randolph258
Lewis232
Barbour202
Doddridge178
Taylor142
Gilmer142
Tucker102
Webster100

The top five counties with the highest harvest are Mason (464), Preston (455), Jackson (447), Wood (362), and Harrison (347). 

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources separates the state into six districts, and the first district harvested the most birds both this year and last year, although there was a 20% decrease in the number of birds harvested. District 1 consists of Barbour, Brooke, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor, Tucker and Wetzel counties, and altogether, the counties harvested 2,762 turkeys.

District 2 harvested the least amount of turkeys with only a total of 1,067. The counties in District 2 are Berkley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton. 

Youth hunters harvested 357 turkeys during the one-day youth season on April 13th, which was 74 fewer than last year.

Check out the numbers for all the counties from the past five years.

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