Spring Gobbler Season Starts In W.Va.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- An estimated 100,000 hunters are expected to head into West Virginia's woods for the start of spring turkey season.

The season starts just before dawn on Monday and will end May 22.

The Division of Natural Resources says turkeys are well distributed throughout the state, but some counties are expected to produce higher kills than others.

DNR's assistant wildlife chief Paul Johansen says reports from the field indicate that hunters are seeing a lot of birds this spring and if the weather is dry, hunters should have good hunting.

The weather service is calling for rain Monday and Tuesday.

Last year, hunters killed 9,485 bearded turkeys statewide during the spring season.

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