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Local hunters have smaller turkey harvest this year

• Nov 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Hunters harvested more than 1,000 wild turkeys during Ohio's fall season, of which local hunters contributed five.

Hunters harvested 1,053 wild turkeys during Ohio’s 2017 fall wild turkey season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio’s 2017 fall wild turkey hunting season was open in 67 counties from Oct. 14-Nov. 26. This year, 11 counties were open during the fall turkey season for the first time.

In Huron County, hunters reported bagging five turkeys for the 2017 season, down to about a third of 2016’s total of 13.

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.

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