2,874 turkeys taken on opener; 11,152 killed during first week

Total is over 1,000 more than last year

DNR Report

Columbus – Ohio hunters harvested a preliminary total of 2,874
bearded wild turkeys on the first day of the spring turkey hunting
season, which is open statewide through May 16.

Last year’s opening day harvest number was 1,712 turkeys,
according to the DNR Division of Wildlife.

Top counties for wild turkeys killed were: Ashtabula-115,
Guernsey and Meigs-94, Tuscarawas-93, Gallia-86, Harrison-83,
Coshocton-82, Clermont-81, Adams-77, and Jackson-74.

During the first week of the season, Ohio hunters killed 11,152
wild turkeys. Last year, 9,054 birds were harvested during the
season’s first week.

So far this season, the counties reporting the highest numbers
of turkeys checked are: Ashtabula-397, Clermont-378, Adams-354,
Guernsey-318, Highland-316, Harrison-315, Monroe-311,
Coshocton-296, Washington-293, Athens and Ross-291.

The Division of Wildlife estimates that more than 70,000 people
will hunt turkeys during the four-week season. New this year,
hunting hours from May 3 through May 16 will be a half- hour before
sunrise to sunset. Ohio’s wild turkey population was estimated at
200,000 prior to the start of the spring season.

A special youth-only hunt for hunters age 17 and younger was
held statewide on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18. Young hunters
killed 2,184 birds statewide. Top reporting counties were:
Ashtabula-72, Harrison-70, Washington-68, Clermont and
Coshocton-67, Guernsey-63, Trumbull-62, Ashland-57, and Lawrence,
Monroe and Ross-56. Last year, 1,814 birds were taken over the same
two-day period.

Only bearded wild turkeys may be taken during the spring hunting
season. A hunter is required to take a harvested turkey to an
official check station for permanent tagging by 2 p.m. on the day
of harvest from April 19 through May 2. From May 3 through May 16
the bird must be checked in any county by 2 p.m. the day following
harvest. Hunters with the proper permits may take a limit of two
bearded gobblers during the four-week season, but not more than one
wild turkey per day.

Turkey hunters are reminded that hunting licenses purchased now
are also valid during the 2010 fall hunting season. Spring turkey
permits are good for spring season only. Those participating in the
fall turkey season will need to buy a fall turkey permit. The
2010-2011 licenses will not be printed on weatherproof paper.

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