Spring Wild Turkey Season Results

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Hunters checked in 17,542 wild turkeys during Ohio’s four-week, statewide spring turkey hunting season that opened April 18 and ended May 15.

The preliminary total represents nearly a 9 percent increase over last year’s preliminary number of 16,118.

Harrison County led the state with the most turkeys killed with 606. Harrison was followed by the following counties: Coshocton (599), Ashtabula (559), Athens (545), Meigs (534), Guernsey (533), Jackson and Clermont (493), Belmont (486), and Tuscarawas (478).

In addition to the turkeys taken during the regular turkey season, young hunters harvested another 1,612 birds during a special youth-only turkey hunt April 16 and 17. The statewide hunt was open to hunters age 17 and younger. Prior to the start of the spring hunting season, state wildlife biologists estimated the wild turkey population in Ohio to be more than 170,000 birds.

This was the sixth spring that turkey hunting was open in every Ohio county. Only 57 of the state’s 88 counties were open to spring turkey hunting in 1999.

Wild turkeys were nearly extinct in Ohio before being reintroduced in the mid-1950s by the Division of Wildlife. The first spring turkey-hunting season opened in 1966. Wild turkeys are now present in all 88 counties.