(WJW) – OhioWild turkey hunting season begins this month, giving hunters a bountiful season.
That’s because hunters benefit from two years of above-average turkey hatchlings. Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Each summer, the Wildlife Department collects information on young wild turkeys, called chicks. The 2021 and 2022 surveys produced above-average results, which should mean an increase in wild turkey populations this spring. ODNRs.
Ohio’s 2023 Two-Day Youth Wild Turkey Hunting Season is Saturday, April 15th and Sunday, April 16th.
Ohio’s regular season is divided into two zones. The South Zone opens to hunters on Saturday, April 22nd, and the Northeast Zones (Ashtabra, Cuyahoga, Geuga, Lake, and Trumbull Counties) open to hunters on Saturday, April 29th. .
The season limit is 1 bearded turkey.
Last year, Ohio hunters harvested nearly 12,000 wild turkeys during the 2022 spring season.
According to ODNR, eastern and southern counties typically harvest the most turkeys thanks to their forested, turkey-friendly habitats.
The top five counties in 2022 were Ashtabula (348), Tuscarawas (338), Belmont (314), Guernsey (312) and Columbiaa (309).
Turkey hunters must have a valid hunting license and spring turkey permit. search for details, here.
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