ODNR Hosts Hunts for Disabled Hunters at Pike and Blue Rock State Forests

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently hosted two special hunts organized for disabled hunters to enjoy the outdoors while hunting for wild turkey. The first annual Thunder in the Hills wild turkey hunt at Pike State Forest and the 11th annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen hunt for wild turkeys at Blue Rock State Forest were held in Pike and Muskingum counties.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources hosted 13 hunters at Pike State Forest in Pike County and they harvested three wild turkeys

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources hosted 13 hunters at Pike State Forest in Pike County and they harvested three wild turkeys

“The weekend hunts at Pike State Forest and Blue Rock State Forest were successful due to the wonderful partners that helped us offer these special opportunities for a great group of outdoorsmen,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio state forester. “We strengthened relationships and enjoyed our time in some ideal wild turkey habitat created by sustainable forest management practices on Ohio’s state forests.”

Thunder in the Hills wild turkey hunt at Pike State Forest was coordinated by the South Central and the Clinton County chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), and the ODNR divisions of Forestry and Wildlife. More than a dozen organizations assisted with donations and volunteers. Three turkeys were taken during the event, which had 13 participants.

The Wheelin’ Sportsmen hunt for wild turkey at Blue Rock State Forest was sponsored by the NWTF’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen program. The ODNR divisions of Forestry and Wildlife worked with the Y-Bridge Longbeards and other chapters of the NWTF to coordinate the event with donations and volunteer efforts from many local individuals and businesses. Six turkeys were taken during the event, which had 19 participants.

Hunters at both events provided their own shotguns and ammunition, as well as the necessary licenses and permits. Guides were provided for each hunter. The participating hunters were from various parts of Ohio. Some of the hunters were in wheelchairs, while others walked with the assistance of canes or braces. Several of these hunters were disabled veterans.