CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters killed nearly 11,000 bearded turkeys in West Virginia during the recent four-week spring season.
The Division of Natural Resources says the total is a 32 percent increase over last year and was the highest since 2003. The number of turkeys killed rose in 52 of the 55 counties compared to 2012.
Last year's spring kill was the lowest since 1989.
Preston, Mason and Harrison counties had the most turkey kills this spring.
DNR Wildlife Resources section chief Curtis Taylor says a successful chick production in 2011 helped this year, since a significant portion of the harvest is composed of 2-year-old birds.