(06/02/2012)
Spring turkey hunters bagged more than 8,000 gobblers this year in West Virginia, a 10 percent decrease from last year.

The 2012 spring kill is the lowest since 1989, when 7,245 birds were harvested by hunters. While all the other districts saw a decline in harvest, hunters in District 1 (northern counties) registered a 7 percent increase over last year.

The Calhoun spring turkey harvest: 141 (2008); 129 (2009); 120 (2010); 96 (2011); 138 (2012).

The top counties:

•Mason - 343
•Preston - 330
•Harrison - 282
•Wood - 237
•Greenbrier - 235

Braxton: 199 (2008); 226 (2009); 186 (2010); 172 (2011); 118 (2012).

Clay: 77 (2008); 89 (2009); 65 (2010); 85 (2011); 75 (2012).

Gilmer: 139 (2008); 147 (2009); 135 (2010); 138 (2011); 132 (2012).

Ritchie: 208 (2008); 206 (2009); 239 (2010); 212 (2011); 205 (2012).

Roane: 229 (2008); 219 (2009); 207 (2010); 195 (2011); 193 (2012).

Wirt: 185 (2008); 175 (2009); 166 (2010); 157 (2011); 160 (2012).


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