Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

Turkey season is off to a soggy start


After months of enforced inactivity, West Virginia’s turkey hunters finally get to play. What happens? It rains!

Yesterday’s opening day of the 2008 spring gobbler season dawned cool and wet. This morning was no better — not as wet, but much colder.

A sizable portion of West Virginia’s spring harvest comes during the first three days of the season. The first two days have been washouts. Wildlife officials had predicted an increase from last year’s kill of 9,965, but if this sort of weather continues the number will come in lower.

On the bright side, maybe these inclement conditions will force hunters to hunt more during the season’s last two weeks. A second peak of gobbling occurs during that time, but most sportsmen miss out on it because they prefer to hunt early.

Sunday’s Gazette-Mail feature outlines the Division of Natural Resources’ expectations for the season.