Stop Turkey Poaching

Would you turn a poacher in? Have you been a citizen informant? It could make you some pocket money in West Virginia. The West Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will pay $200 cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons who illegally kill or possess a wild turkey.

How big of a problem is this?

"Unfortunately, baiting and trespassing continue to be the most common hunting violations reported in the Wildlife Resources Annual Spring Gobbler Survey," according to Curtis I. Taylor, DNR Chief. "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 also urged to contact their local conservation officer, their DNR District Office or call 1-800-Net Game (1-800-638-4263) if they see someone illegally killing a turkey or know of a person possessing an illegally killed turkey. The informant's identity will remain confidential. "By reporting poaching incidents, the public can make a significant contribution to West Virginia's wild turkey management program," Taylor said.

The West Virginia statewide spring gobbler season runs from April 26 through May 22. In addition, the one-day youth spring turkey season will be held on Saturday, April 24.

Do you think this effort will help, Strut Zoners? Is poaching a problem where you turkey hunt? Do you have another solution to this challenge? Let us know.