Ohio Wild Turkey Season

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Ohio hunters harvested a preliminary total of 1,010 wild turkeys during the state's eleventh annual fall turkey gun-hunting season that opened in 37 counties on October 14 and ended October 29, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The preliminary figure is a 15 percent decrease from last year's preliminary gun-season total of 1,192 birds.

The top 10 counties were Ashtabula - 64, Coshocton - 50, Harrison - 47, Tuscarawas - 41, Jackson- 40, Vinton- 36, Guernsey and Washington - 34, and Gallia and Monroe - 32.

There's still time for hunters to take advantage of the fall season and a good wild turkey population. The archery-only portion of the wild turkey hunting season began October 30 and will run through November 26.

During the archery-only portion of the fall turkey hunt, hours are a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Participating hunters must have a fall turkey permit, as well as a 2006 Ohio hunting license.

Prior to the start of the fall hunting season, Ohio's wild turkey population was estimated at approximately 200,000 birds, according to the Division of Wildlife. Wild turkeys, absent in the state a half-century ago, now inhabit each of Ohio's 88 counties.