Ohio’s Fall Turkey Hunting Season Opens October 10

COLUMBUS, OH – Fall wild turkey hunting opens in 48 Ohio counties on Saturday, October 10, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The season continues through Sunday, November 29.

"Summer brood observations suggest a below average wild turkey hatch this year" said wildlife biologist Mike Reynolds. "In addition, acorn crops were highly variable across Ohio this fall. In areas with poor acorn production, hunters may have more success locating turkeys around agricultural fields rather than on hardwood ridges."

Hunters harvested 2,139 wild turkeys during last year's fall season. Reynolds added that Ohio's current wild turkey population is around 200,000. He anticipates as many as 20,000 people, not counting private landowners hunting on their own property, will enjoy Ohio's fall wild turkey season.

Defiance and Williams counties will be open to fall turkey hunting for the first time this season.

Only one turkey of either sex may be taken during the entire fall season. A Fall Turkey Hunting Permit is required. Hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset from October 10 through November 29. Shotguns, using shot, crossbows and longbows are permitted. Turkeys must be checked in the county where taken by 8 p.m. on the day the bird is shot.

The 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.

The 2009-2010 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.

Additional details regarding fall wild turkey hunting and safety information can be found in Publication 85, Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or online at wildohio.com.

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