Ohio's Fall Wild Turkey Hunting Season Underway

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Hunters harvested 362 wild turkeys during the first week of Ohio's fall wild turkey hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The fall wild turkey season opened on October 8 and will run through November 27. Hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. The bag limit is one turkey of either sex per hunter for the fall season. A fall turkey permit is required in addition to a current Ohio hunting license.

Last year, hunters killed 417 birds in the same time period. The top 10 counties for wild turkeys killed to date are: Noble-18, Knox-17, Guernsey-15, Monroe-14, Coshocton, Holmes, and Richland-13, Ashtabula and Highland-12, and Tuscarawas-11.

Wild turkeys can be hunted in 48 counties during the fall season. More than 20,000 hunters pursued wild turkeys in Ohio last fall.

Turkeys must be checked by 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest. Hunters can complete the automated game check and permanent tagging process in one of three ways:

  1. Call 1.877.TAGITOH (1.877.824.4864)
  2. Visit wildohio.com. Click on “Wild Ohio Customer Center” and then click on “Game Check: Report a Deer or Turkey Harvest.” To game check a harvest online, make sure to use a computer hooked to a printer. A game check receipt will be issued and should be printed. When using a smartphone for game check you must write down the 18-digit permanent tag number provided at the end of the transaction on the permanent tag in the spaces provided. 
  3. Visit any authorized license sales agent. A list of sales agents can be found at wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543). Authorized license sales agents will be available for game check during normal business hours, call for exact hours of business operation before you go.

Hunters can find their completed game check transactions by accessing their customer account at wildohio.com by clicking the Wild Ohio Customer Center button and then selecting “Manage Your Customer Account.”

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com.


Retired2hunt's picture

  Dad has already harvested


Dad has already harvested his Ohio gobbler.  My two brothers will most likely in the week ahead.  Landowners must physically check in their gobbler (and deer) as they do not purchase a numbered tag associated. 

Ohio has some great turkey hunting.  Most successful counties are central and southern.  Great for Ohio hunters and good luck with your turkey hunts!