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These are pretty wild!

Bobwhites are essentially extinct in most of West Virginia. They prefer agricultural lands.  Most of the state has returned to forest in part because the agricultural economy has declined and because timber prices are quite low.

I’ve never seen a wild one here, but my grandparents saw thousands upon thousands of them. You could hear them in all the pastures and cropland.

The main gamebird of West Virginia today is the ruffed grouse, which is followed closely by the stocked pheasant and “squeegy bird” (better known as the American woodcock).

Wild turkeys don’t count. The state regards those as big game!

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