Youths get first shot at spring turkey
Hillsboro, Ohio — Young turkey hunters will be able to take advantage of a permit only youth turkey hunt at Paint Creek State Park during the 2015 spring turkey season.
Hunters 17 years of age and younger, accompanied by the non-hunting adult that will accompany them on the day of the hunt, are eligible to apply for a drawing to hunt within four specified zones April 18, 25 and May 2, 9 and 16.
Registration for the drawing gets underway at the Fallsville Wildlife Area, 10221 Careytown Rd., New Vienna, OH 45159 on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 1:30p.m. The drawing will be held promptly at 2 p.m. The non-hunting adult accompanying the youth hunter on the day of the hunt must enter the drawing. The permit will be issued in the adult’s name. If drawn, the youth hunter must purchase an Ohio hunting license and youth turkey permit. Permits are transferrable through the Fallsville headquarters and must be done 24 hours prior to the hunt.
The contact number for Fallsville Wildlife Area in (937) 987-2508, interested hunters can also call the Wildlife District Five Headquarters at (937) 372-9261. All youth hunt information is posted at www.wildohio.com .
Hunting hours are ½ before sunrise to noon for all special youth turkey hunting dates on Paint Creek State Park.
This would be a fine kickoff to the state's spring turkey season, particularly for youth hunters. If staying in the area, you might also try a bit of fishing at Paint Creek Lake or nearby Rocky Fork Lake.
The regular spring turkey season dates are April 20 to May 17.
We'll crank up our turkey coverage in Ohio Outdoor News in late March and continue running stories through April and early May.