From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
-- West Virginia is predicting a higher harvest of wild turkeys during the 2010 fall hunting season based on good second nesting of turkeys reported on brood sighting forms, and the fact that 15 new counties will be open to fall hunting this year.
Good mast conditions usually scatter wild turkey flocks and make them less vulnerable to harvest, but officials expect hunters taking advantage of the expanded fall turkey hunting opportunities across the state will help to increase the harvest above 2009 levels.
Hunters should be aware of changes in counties that will be open for the 2010 fall turkey hunting season. These include:
--Fourteen traditional fall hunting counties will be open to a four-week season Oct. 23 to Nov. 20.
--Twelve counties will be open to a two-week season Oct. 23 to Nov. 6.
--Thirteen counties will have a one-week season Oct. 23 - Oct. 30.
--Thirty-nine of the 55 counties in West Virginia will be open for a fall turkey season.
Hunters should consult the 2010 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations for additional information pertaining to fall turkey hunting opportunities.