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Ohio Youth Hunters Check 1,500+ Wild Turkeys

April 22, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio youth hunters checked 1,589 wild turkeys during the 2015 spring youth hunting season, April 18-19.

Last year's youth hunters killed 1,480 wild turkeys.

Ohio's spring wild turkey season opened April 20 and runs through May 17.

Article Photos

Chase Stradwick (left front), age 14, and Brayden Gibboney (right front), age 8, harvested wild turkeys during the recent 2015 youth turkey hunting season in Ohio. The birds were killed in Guernsey County, OH. Chase's bird weighed in at 23lb, with a 10' beard. Brayden's bird sported a 5' beard. Assisting on the hunt was (back, from left) Bill Hall, Deonte Stradwick and Clint Gibboney. Photo courtesy of Bill Hall, Jr.

Hunters are required to have a hunting license and a spring turkey hunting permit. The spring season bag limit is two bearded turkeys. Hunters can harvest one bearded turkey per day, and a second spring turkey permit can be purchased at any time throughout the spring turkey season. Turkeys must be checked by 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest.

All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game-check system. Hunters have three options to complete the game check:; call 877-TAG-ITOH (824-4864); or visit a license agent. A list of agents can be found at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon from April 20-May 3. Hunting hours from May 4-17 will be 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

Fact Box

Ohio youth hunters checked 1,589 wild turkeys during the 2015 spring youth hunting season.

Hunters may use shotguns or archery equipment to hunt wild turkeys. It is unlawful to hunt turkeys using bait, live decoys or electronic calling devices or to shoot a wild turkey while it is in a tree. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife advises turkey hunters to wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving or moving through hunting areas in order to remain visible to others.

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 1966 in nine 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, and Ohio hunters checked more than 20,000 wild turkeys for the first time that year.



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