West Virginia hunters need to be aware that there is a new annual limit for the upcoming spring gobbler season which opens April 23 and continues through May 19, according to Ed Hamrick, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Hunters may now take two gobblers during the spring season and one turkey of either sex during the fall season for a total of three birds per calendar year.
In the past hunters had to choose to take two birds in the spring and none in the fall or one bird during the spring and one during the fall for a total of two birds per calendar year. With the new regulation a hunter taking two birds during the spring may now also harvest a bird in the fall.
"The new regulation will allow many hunters to hunt more in the spring season and will permit more hunters to participate in the fall hunting season," Hamrick said.
For additional information on spring gobbler hunting, pick up a copy of the West Virginia Hunting and Trapping regulations available at all DNR offices and licensing agents.