Hunters harvest 9,366 turkeys in spring 2022 in West Virginia | News, Sports, Jobs

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A turkey in the woods in West Virginia. West Virginia’s turkey harvest for the 2022 spring season was lower than the previous year, the Division of Natural Resources said. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG — Weather conditions have impacted the 2022 spring turkey crop in West Virginia, a Division of Natural Resources official said. The first two days of the season, April 18 and 19, saw snow and rain, said Mike Peters, wild turkey and migratory game bird project manager with the Division of Natural Resources.
“Monday and Tuesday were absolutely terrible,” he said. Other factors also influence the harvest, such as mast condition and breeding, but the weather kept hunters out of the woods, Peters said. Harvests for the first two days or the season were half of those for 2021, Peters said.
“It really made a huge difference” he said. The spring turkey season, bearded only, ran from April 18 to May 22. The youngsters had the opportunity to hunt over the weekend of April 16-17. The 2022 spring crop of 9,366 turkeys was 7.6% lower than the 2021 crop of 10,134. The 2022 crop is also 13.8% lower than the five-year average (10,864) and 11.3 % lower than the ten-year average (10,556). Jackson County was again in the top five counties with the most turkeys harvested in the spring of 2022. The top five counties with the highest gobbler harvests were Preston with 357, Mingo with 351, Greenbrier with 321, Jackson with 309 and Monroe with 295. Area county totals have also generally seen a decline in past five season harvests from 2018. Harvests for (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) were: Calhoun, 190, 164, 147, 154, 96; Doddridge, 216, 178, 198, 143, 134; Gilmer, 170, 142, 140, 133, 85; Jackson, 460, 447, 404, 323, 309; Pleasant, 122, 124, 109, 97, 76; Ritchie, 327, 285, 283, 252, 176; Roane, 280, 258, 252, 244, 166; Tyler, 250, 217, 209, 157, 138; Wetzel, 396, 270, 248, 176, 159; Wirt, 230, 186, 200, 157, 125; and Wood, 407, 362, 344, 270, 242. Wetzel County is in District 1 while the other counties in the area are in District 6. Young people harvested 471 turkeys during the two-day season , 366 on Saturday and 105 on Sunday, or 5 percent of the total harvest. Youth harvest is included in county totals. Districts 2 and 4 counties saw an increase in harvest from previous years. The harvest in the remaining districts, however, has declined. Districts 5 and 6 show the largest declines from last year’s harvest at 18.1 and 19.8 percent, respectively, the division said. District 1 hunters had the highest harvest, 2,066, followed by District 4 with 1,877, District 6 with 1,547, District 5 with 1,392, District 3 with 1,311 and District 2 with 1. 173. District 1 counties are in the area around Monongalia and Preston counties. District 2 counties are in the Eastern Panhandle. Jess Mancini can be reached at [email protected]


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