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News Release
September 26 2003
Highland County added for fall turkey hunting season
COLUMBUS, OH - It is time for hunters to make preparations for Ohio's upcoming fall wild turkey hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The 16-day fall wild turkey hunting season begins Saturday, October 11 and runs through Sunday, October 26. The fall archery-only wild turkey season opens Monday, October 27 and ends Sunday, November 30. Additionally, Highland County will be open for the first time, bringing to 36 the total number of counties open for fall turkey hunting.

"Although the breeding success for Ohio turkeys was below average for the third consecutive year, Ohio supports an abundant and widespread wild turkey population," said Dave Swanson, ODNR Division of Wildlife turkey management leader. "Hunters should have no problem locating a flock of wild turkeys in any of the open counties." Swanson said Ohio's statewide wild turkey flock now numbers more than 200,000 birds.

Fall wild turkey season hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset during the 16-day regular fall turkey season and one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset during the archery only season. 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 harvested turkeys must be taken to an official turkey check station by 8 p.m. the day of harvest.

Dogs may be used to assist in taking wild turkeys during the fall hunting season, but not during the spring season.

Hunters should be aware that because of the increased number of turkey hunting days, the season will partially overlap the Special Area Primitive Season (October 20-25) deer hunt on three state-owned areas: Wildcat Hollow and Salt Fork state wildlife areas, and Shawnee State Forest. Turkey hunting will not be allowed on these areas during those dates. More than 27,000 hunters pursued wild turkeys in the state last fall, harvesting 2,394 turkeys. The first fall wild turkey hunting season in Ohio was in 1996.

For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at
For Further Information Contact:
Dave Swanson, ODNR Division of Wildlife
(740) 664-2745
Andy Ware, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6882




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