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.