West Virginia Wildlife Agency Plans Turkey Survey

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West Virginia hunters can help the state track the wild turkey population by participating in an annual survey.

The Division of Natural Resources began a statewide survey of spring gobbler hungers in 1983. Curtis Taylor, chief of the division's Wildlife Resources Section, says hunters keep a daily record of things like the number of gobblers heard, called in, missed and harvested. They also can list other wildlife seen and share their most memorable experiences.

Data from the survey is tabulated and compared against previous years in a report that is then mailed back to participants the next year.

Hunters who wish to participate can get a form online at or call 304-637-0245.

Spring gobbler season begins Monday and continues through May 24.