Ohio’s 2008 Fall Wild Turkey Hunting Season Underway
547 birds harvested during first five days of season; tops last year’s number
COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters harvested 547 wild turkeys during the first five days of Ohio’s fall wild turkey hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The season opened on October 11 and will run through November 30.
Last year, hunters killed 504 birds in the same time period. The top 10 counties for wild turkeys killed to date are: Ashtabula – 39, Noble and Tuscarawas – 21, Harrison and Washington – 20, Coshocton – 19, Columbiana and Holmes – 18, and Jackson and Trumbull – 17.
Wild turkeys can be hunted in 46 counties during the fall season with the addition of nine additional counties: Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne. Also new this year, shotguns have been added to the list of legal implements that can be used throughout the season. More than 19,000 hunters pursued wild turkeys in Ohio last fall.
Fall wild turkey hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. The bag limit is one turkey of either sex per hunter, per season. A fall turkey permit is required in addition to a current Ohio hunting license. All turkeys killed must be taken to an official turkey check station by 8 p.m. on the day of harvest.
The Division of Wildlife reminds hunters that turkey season will partially overlap the Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season (October 20-25) on three state-owned areas: Wildcat Hollow in Perry and Morgan counties, Salt Fork Wildlife Area in Guernsey County and Shawnee State Forest in Scioto County. Turkey hunting will not be allowed on these areas during the muzzleloader deer hunting season.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.gov.