West Virginia Natural Resources Police said they have been busy rounding up people illegally hunting turkeys.

The agency said in a Facebook post Saturday that two officers charged multiple individuals in the Doddridge, Ritchie, Pleasants and Tyler county areas with hunting turkey over bait. Other people were charged with hunting without a license.

An adult also was caught hunting on youth day with an illegal firearm, police said.

Police said the people at the bait sites were removed from their blinds before they could kill a turkey.

Meanwhile, two officers cited six people in Wood, Wirt and Jackson counties for hunting over baited sites and one for hunting without a license.

Two people were caught hunting over bait on youth day in northern Roane County.

Police said two people from Hardy County were charged with several violations on the opening day of turkey season.

On April 22, a person identified as a habitual game law violator was caught killing a turkey over a baited field in southeastern Gilmer County, police said. The man was charged with killing a turkey over bait, illegal possession of wildlife, hunting without permission and failure to field tag.

Police said charges are pending in magistrate court, and others have pleaded guilty and have been assessed fines and court costs.


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