Fall turkey harvest down by half

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Fall turkey harvest down by half

Hunters harvested 1,053 wild turkeys during Ohio’s 2017 fall wild turkey season, open in 67 counties including 11 open for the autumn hunting opportunity for the first time.

That’s down from 2,168 bagged during the 2016 fall hunting season.

Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio by 1904 and were reintroduced in the 1950s by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s first modern day wild turkey season opened in the spring of 1966 in 9 counties, and hunters checked 12 birds. The wild turkey harvest topped 1,000 for the first time in 1984. Spring turkey hunting opened statewide in 2000. Fall turkey season first opened in 19 counties in 1996 and harvests have fluctuated between 1,000 and 3,000 turkeys during that time period.

For summaries of past turkey seasons, visit wildohio.gov/turkeyharvest.

Originally posted January 4, 2018 at Ohio’s Country Journal, By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman Radio 

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