OHIO SPRING TURKEY HUNTING SEASON OPENS APRIL 28|
COLUMBUS, OH - Spring wild turkey hunting season will open in all 88
Ohio counties April 28 and continue through May 25, according to the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
"It should be a good year for turkey hunters and I estimate between
20,000 and 25,000 gobblers will be harvested this season," said Dave
Swanson, a biologist with ODNR's Division of Wildlife. Swanson noted that
Ohio's wild turkey population is currently around 220,000.
Swanson anticipates as many as 95,000 people will hunt Ohio's
increasingly popular spring wild turkey season. "The best news for this
year's hunters is that they can expect to see lots of mature gobblers," he
During last year's spring turkey season, hunters in Ohio harvested
22,190 wild gobblers.
Legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon.
Hunters are required to have a spring turkey hunting permit and can take one
wild turkey per day. A second spring turkey permit can be purchased,
allowing hunters to take a limit of two bearded wild turkeys.
A special youth-only turkey hunt, for hunters 17-years-old and
younger, will be held April 26 and 27, prior to the regular spring gobbler
season. Young hunters must have their hunting license and spring wild
turkey permit to participate, and must be accompanied by a non-hunting
adult, 18 years of age or older. The young hunter's turkey season is open
only on pubic hunting areas with the exception of Lake LaSuAn Wildlife Area
in Williams County.
Wild turkeys must be properly tagged and taken to an official check
station by 2 p.m. on the day the bird is harvested. Shotguns, longbows and
crossbows may be used to hunt wild turkeys. It is unlawful to hunt turkeys
over bait, to use a live decoy or electronic calling device, and to shoot a
wild turkey while it is in a tree.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife advises hunters to wear hunter orange
clothing when entering, leaving, or moving through hunting areas so they can
remain visible to other hunters in the area. A pamphlet, "What Every Spring
Gobbler Hunter Should Know," is distributed by hunting license vendors. It
contains safety tips and a list of turkey check stations. Additional turkey
hunting information is available on the Internet at ohiodnr.com.
The wild turkey is Ohio's largest game bird. It stands three to
four feet tall and may weigh up to 27 pounds.