Harrison County Leads the Ohio in Number of Turkeys Checked

Harrison County, Ohio Leads the State in Number of Turkeys Checked
Spring wild turkey season is open for three more weeks.

Ohio Department Natural Resources
Ohio Department Natural Resources

COLUMBUS, OH – -(AmmoLand.com)- Ohio hunters killed 9,054 wild turkeys in the first seven days of the spring hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Last year, 10,374 birds were harvested during the season's first week.

So far this season, the 10 counties reporting the highest numbers of turkeys checked are: Harrison – 351; Ashtabula – 343; Guernsey – 314; Tuscarawas – 308; Clermont – 275; Coshocton – 247; Jackson and Washington – 244; Knox – 243; and Highland – 225.

The season remains open through May 17. Spring wild turkey hunters may hunt in all 88 counties (except at the Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County). Turkey hunting is permitted a half-hour before sunrise until noon daily. Hunters may take two bearded turkeys per spring season. Shotguns using shot, crossbows and longbows are legal during this season. A spring turkey permit is required, along with an Ohio hunting license.

Turkey hunters are reminded that licenses purchased now are also valid during the 2009 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 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.

For more information about Ohio's spring wild turkey hunting season, visit wildohio.com.

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A list of preliminary results from the first week of turkey hunting season follows:

Preliminary Results First Week Of Turkey Season
2009 Totals Followed by (2008) Totals
Adams – 201(180); Allen – 31 (24); Ashland – 183 (224); Ashtabula – 343 (386); Athens – 173 (242); Auglaize – 22 (30); Belmont – 205 (248); Brown – 205 (242); Butler – 45 (48); Carroll – 102 (167); Champaign – 39 (52); Clark – 22 (12); Clermont – 275 (260); Clinton – 30 (20); Columbiana – 195 (280); Coshocton – 247 (322); Crawford – 45 (40); Cuyahoga – 6 (5); Darke – 40 (19); Defiance – 121 (145); Delaware – 45 (49); Erie – 29 (26); Fairfield – 51 (45); Fayette – 9 (22); Franklin – 4 (8); Fulton – 32 (33); Gallia – 136 (152); Geauga – 131 (217); Greene – 11 (12); Guernsey – 314 (323); Hamilton – 88 (59); Hancock – 9 (5); Hardin – 15 (23); Harrison – 351 (348); Henry – 18 (15); Highland – 225 (203); Hocking – 115 (160); Holmes – 103 (137); Huron – 63 (88); Jackson – 244 (290); Jefferson – 129 (217); Knox – 243 (228); Lake – 94 (133); Lawrence – 135 (134); Licking – 215 (236); Logan – 75 (81); Lorain – 94 (89); Lucas – 38 (29); Madison – 2 (2); Mahoning – 116 (118); Marion – 14 (7); Medina – 67 (81); Meigs – 192 (263); Mercer – 3 (3); Miami – 10 (6); Monroe – 187 (238); Montgomery – 11 (9); Morgan – 113 (177); Morrow – 179 (140); Muskingum – 139 (184); Noble – 143 (170); Ottawa – 4 (5); Paulding – 60 (52); Perry – 106 (137); Pickaway – 27 (21); Pike – 96 (110); Portage – 108 (125); Preble – 39 (48); Putnam – 31 (45); Richland – 137 (168); Ross – 163 (213); Sandusky -9 (5); Scioto -123 (172); Seneca – 78 (60); Shelby – 17 (22); Stark – 146 (159); Summit – 46 (53); Trumbull – 209 (279); Tuscarawas – 308 (317); Union -12 (17); Van Wert – 18 (11); Vinton – 85 (127); Warren – 48 (49); Washington – 244 (282); Wayne – 42 (25); Williams – 132 (122); Wood – 12 (11); Wyandot – 32 (33). Total – 9,054 (10,374)

For further information, contact:
Mike Reynolds, ODNR Division of Wildlife
740. 589. 9921
Lindsay Linkhart, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Central Ohio
614. 644. 3925
Tom Lavergne, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Northwest Ohio
419. 424. 5000
Jamey Graham, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Northeast Ohio
330. 644. 2293
Susie Vance, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Southeast Ohio
740. 589. 9930
Kathy Garza-Behr, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Southwest Ohio
937. 372. 9261
Beth Ruth, ODNR Media Relations
614. 265. 6860