High gasoline prices, rain, and lower numbers of turkeys are all being attributed to the lowest turkey spring hunt in a decade. From last year the numbers were down by 10%. This year West Virginia's spring hunt brought in 9,216 turkeys. (See per area list below.) Biologists think that poor productivity in 2009 also contributed to fewer turkeys. Hopefully with a dry June the hatch will be better, and turkey population will increase. There were fewer hunters out this season as well, which could be due to the higher cost of gas, and the wet weather. From the Register Herald .
Fayette, 237 turkeys this year, 215 a year ago; Greenbrier, 253 this spring, 226 in 2010; McDowell, 225 and 270; Mercer, 187 and 175; Monroe, 155 and 145; Raleigh, 215 and 182; Summers, 223 and 231; and Wyoming, 242 and 287.