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#7170859 - 12/11/12 Ohio turkey hunting
jdohio Offline

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 219
I went turkey hunting for the first time this year---
I never paid attention to the turkey harvest numbers, but it seems like the fall season is tough. 1300 birds for 17000 hunters. What makes fall so much different than spring? And are those people buying tags and coming home empty handed?

Hunters harvest more than 1,300 turkeys during Ohio's fall season
Fall wild turkey hunting season ended Sunday -- the day before deer-run season began.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Nov 29, 2012

Hunters harvested 1,338 wild turkeys during Ohio's 2012 fall wild turkey season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Ohio's 2012 fall wild turkey hunting season was open Oct. 13 to Sunday.

This year's total is a 2.5 percent decline from 2011, when hunters bagged 1,372 wild turkeys. The 2010 harvest total was 1,425.

"Wild turkey hunting is a challenging activity that thousands of hunters enjoy year after year with family and friends," ODNR Director James Zehringer said. "Ohio's wild turkey population remains strong, and we appreciate those hunters who participated in the fall wild turkey season this year."

The top 11 counties for fall turkey harvest were: Ashtabula (61), Coshocton (56), Geauga and Tuscarawas (53 each), Knox (46), Clermont (42), Licking (41), Guernsey (39), Holmes (38) as well as Adams and Richland (37 each). Ashtabula was also the top county in 2011, with 67 wild turkeys.

Prior to the start of this fall's hunting season, Ohio's wild turkey population was about 180,000. More than 17,000 hunters, not including private landowners hunting on their own property, enjoyed Ohio's fall wild turkey season. Hunters could pursue a wild turkey of either sex in 48 counties using a shotgun, muzzleloading shotgun, bow or crossbow.

More information about Ohio wild turkey hunting can be found at Hunters can share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online.

A list of wild turkeys checked by hunters during the 2012 fall season is shown below. The first number following the county's name shows the harvest numbers for 2012, and the 2011 numbers are in parentheses.

Adams: 37 (35); Ashland: 22 (17); Ashtabula: 61 (67); Athens: 32 (27); Belmont: 27 (32); Brown: 21 (26); Carroll: 29 (39); Clermont: 42 (32); Columbiana: 29 (37); Coshocton: 56 (44); Cuyahoga: 2 (0); Defiance: 20 (13); Gallia: 25 (36); Geauga: 53 (31); Guernsey: 39 (53); Harrison: 34 (38); Highland: 32 (37); Hocking: 28 (20); Holmes: 38 (42); Jackson: 21 (17); Jefferson: 23 (20); Knox: 46 (55); Lake: 9 (7); Lawrence: 14 (21); Licking: 41 (40); Lorain: 9 (29); Mahoning: 22 (24); Medina: 11 (17); Meigs: 30 (15); Monroe: 34 (45); Morgan: 17 (23); Morrow: 16 (11); Muskingum: 35 (36); Noble: 31 (50); Perry: 29 (26); Pike: 21 (21); Portage: 19 (18); Richland: 37 (39); Ross: 20 (19); Scioto: 24 (22); Stark: 17 (23); Summit: 9 (3); Trumbull: 36 (31); Tuscarawas: 53 (53); Vinton: 34 (21); Washington: 24 (24); Wayne: 7 (9); Williams: 22 (27). Total: 1,338 (1,372).


May 21, 2012

Ohio Hunters Harvest More Than 17,000 Turkeys During Spring Hunt
Ashtabula County again leads the harvest

COLUMBUS, OH- Hunters checked 17,647 wild turkeys during Ohio's four-week statewide spring turkey hunting season that ended May 20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resourcesí (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The preliminary total represents a three percent decrease over last year's harvest number of 18,162.

Ashtabula County again led the state in the number of turkeys killed with 762. Counties with additional high harvest numbers were: Ashtabula-762, Tuscarawas-531, Guernsey-495, Coshocton-492, Muskingum-486, Belmont-456, Knox-451, Harrison-450, Trumbull-428 and Adams-420.

The Division of Wildlife estimates that more than 70,000 people hunted turkeys during the season. Prior to the start of the spring hunting season, state wildlife biologists estimated the wild turkey population in Ohio to be more than 180,000 birds.

Wild turkeys were nearly eliminated in Ohio before being reintroduced in the mid-1950s by the Division of Wildlife. The first spring turkey hunting season opened in 1966. Wild turkeys are now present in all 88 counties.

Turkey hunters are reminded that hunting licenses purchased now are also valid during the 2012 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 2012-2013 licenses will not be printed on weatherproof paper. Sportsmen and women should protect their licenses and permits from the elements by carrying them in a protective pouch or wallet.

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#7173432 - 12/12/12 Re: Ohio turkey hunting [Re: jdohio]
nomad_archer Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 364
Loc: Brickerville/Lititz, PA
There are a few things with fall birds. First they are moving in flocks which makes them much much more difficult to call in. But if you can locate a flock you have a chance. Plus there is alot of other competition for hunting such as deer, small game and waterfowl that is open at the same time as fall turkey. So they arent getting the same amount of attention as the spring birds do.

In the spring the gobblers are looking for hens to breed and they are much more vocal and easier to locate. Although they are not any easier to get into range. But come spring time turkey is the only game in town open for hunting.

Another thing is alot of archery hunters in ohio buy a turkey tag just in case. I know I did when I lived out there.

Edited by nomad_archer (12/12/12)

#7174454 - 12/12/12 Re: Ohio turkey hunting [Re: nomad_archer]
ilikguns Offline

Registered: 01/22/11
Posts: 128
Loc: Maryland
I agree with nomad. Many hunters buy a fall tag just in case the opportunity presents itself and not solely to turkey hunt. It isn't that fall birds are more difficult to harvest. If you find a flock and bust them up you can be just ask sucessfull as in the spring.

#7175419 - 12/12/12 Re: Ohio turkey hunting [Re: ilikguns]
hunter01 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/03
Posts: 1503
Loc: East central Ohio. Amish count...
In most cases, I usually go into a known roost area in the evening, and wait for them to come in towards the roost... Works for me...

#7176112 - 12/13/12 Re: Ohio turkey hunting [Re: hunter01]
Yoder409 Offline
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Registered: 03/24/10
Posts: 689
In the spring you really don't have to "hunt" the turkey. He pretty much tells you right where he's at. If you're a good woodsman and a decent or better caller, you have a darned good chance to connect.

In the fall you have to "hunt" the turkey(s). You have to find them with your skills and scouting much more so than with your ears.

Once you have found a fall flock and can successfully break them up, the calling and killing is exciting, albeit not very hard.
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