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Ohio Turkey Harvest Reaches More Than 16,500

This spring’s Ohio turkey harvest totals are in, and the numbers don’t lie.

Ohio’s spring turkey season, which first started in 2000, recently came to a close on May 18, 2014.

Hunters checked a total of 16,556 gobblers, which were bagged during the one-month season which began on April 19.

The first weekend of the Ohio spring season is only open to youth hunters. They checked a total of 1,480 gobblers in 2014, compared to 1,784 in 2013.

The state’s total bag limit was also lower than in 2013. This was partially due to poor weather conditions during the hunting season.

Some notable counties from the county by county harvest breakdown include Ashtabula in the northeast corner of Ohio with a state-leading 615 birds harvested, and Meigs county in the far southern reaches of Ohio with a harvest total of 397.

Wild turkeys, once absent from Ohio, have become one of the favorite game species pursued by hunters in the Buckeye State.

For more information on turkey hunting in Ohio, click here.

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Ohio Turkey Harvest Reaches More Than 16,500