Bounty Posted for Illegal Turkey Hunting


Outlaw turkey hunters beware, there’s a bounty on your behavior.

Once again the West Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is posting a $200 reward to anyone providing information to the DNR’s law enforcement section resulting in an arrest and conviction of anyone violating turkey hunting laws in the state.   Specifically the reward seeks to catch those who illegally kill or possess wild turkeys.

“This cooperative effort between the NWTF and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is designed to curtail illegal activities associated with the state’s wild turkey resource,” said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section.

The spring gobbler season in West Virginia opens April 26th and runs through May 22nd.  There’s additionally a one-day young spring season on Saturday, April 24th.

Among the more sinister violations of turkey hunting violations in West Virginia is hunting the birds over bait.   The state chapter of NWTF is putting up $100 leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone attempting to bait turkeys or willfully destroying their nest or eggs.

“Unfortunately, baiting and trespassing continue to be the most common hunting violations reported in the Wildlife Resources Section’s Annual Spring Gobbler Survey,” according Taylor. "Baiting turkeys is illegal, unethical and creates disrespect for the great sport of spring gobbler hunting. I encourage turkey hunters to report any such activity to their local conservation officer."

The public is encouraged to contact their local DNR Conservation officer or the local DNR District office to report illegal turkey hunting activity or the identity of anyone in possession of an illegally killed bird.  The informant’s identity will remain confidential.



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