Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: West Virginia
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

West Virginia Project

Wild Turkey Ecology and Management in West Virginia

June 2023 - December 2028


Participating Agencies

  • WV Division of Natural Resources

Wild turkeys are an important game species in West Virginia; therefore ensuring their persistence in the state is critical. Although previous research has been conducted on wild turkey hens in the state in the 1980's and 1990's, new tracking and monitoring technologies offer the opportunity to obtain high-accuracy spatial data and investigate fine-scale movements of turkeys, as well as turkey population dynamics. Additionally, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) is interested in obtaining more information on turkey hunter effort and satisfaction, which will be combined with biological data to ensure that management decisions continue to reflect the needs of the state. This project is a collaboration between the WV Coop Unit and the WV Division of Natural Resources.

Presentations Presentation Date
Palumbo, K., M. Peters, C. Ryan, and L.C. Gigliotti. 2024. Eastern wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) productivity and nesting chronology in West Virginia. The Wildlife Society 31st Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. October 2024