2009 Ohio Spring Turkey Harvest Tops 18,500 Birds

2009 Ohio Spring Turkey Harvest Tops 18,500 Birds For Second Year in a Row
Ashtabula County again leads the harvest.

Ohio Division of Wildlife
Ohio Division of Wildlife

COLUMBUS, OH – -(AmmoLand.com)- Hunters checked 18,936 wild turkeys during Ohio's four-week, statewide spring turkey-hunting season that ended May 17, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The preliminary total represents a 2 percent increase over last year's preliminary harvest number of 18,556.

Ashtabula County again led the state in the number of turkeys killed with 831. Counties with additional high harvest numbers were: Ashtabula-831, Harrison-631, Tuscarawas-609, Clermont-580, Trumbull-568, Guernsey-560, Highland-517, Washington-485, Jackson-475, and Coshocton-454.

In addition to the turkeys taken during the regular season, young hunters harvested another 1,814 birds during a special hunt for ages 17 and younger held April 18-19.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife estimates that more than 75,000 people hunted turkeys during the season. Prior to the start of the spring hunting season, state wildlife biologists estimated the wild turkey population in Ohio to be more than 200,000 birds.

This was the tenth spring that turkey hunting was open in every Ohio county. Only 57 of the state's 88 counties were open to spring turkey hunting in 1999.

Wild turkeys were nearly extinct in Ohio before being reintroduced in the mid-1950s by the Division of Wildlife. The first spring turkey-hunting season opened in 1966. Wild turkeys are now present in all 88 counties.

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.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

Preliminary Spring Turkey Season Results for 2009 Followed by (2008) Final Totals

Adams-394 (321); Allen-63 (38); Ashland-399 (440); Ashtabula-831 (835); Athens-386 (430); Auglaize-43 (47); Belmont-407 (406); Brown-345 (398); Butler-83 (90); Carroll-249 (273); Champaign-78 (87); Clark-43 (21); Clermont-580 (510); Clinton-64 (59); Columbiana-410 (462); Coshocton-454 (485); Crawford-87 (78); Cuyahoga-20 (5); Darke-54 (40); Defiance-254 (222); Delaware-87 (93); Erie-88 (57); Fairfield-95 (77); Fayette-20 (27); Franklin-25 (10); Fulton-76 (67); Gallia-333 (322); Geauga-422 (388); Greene-20 (19); Guernsey-560 (573); Hamilton-173 (134); Hancock-16 (10); Hardin-45 (47); Harrison-631 (547); Henry-31 (24); Highland-517 (403); Hocking-235 (268); Holmes-331 (298); Huron-175 (139); Jackson-475 (471); Jefferson-335 (367); Knox -396 (383); Lake-200 (223); Lawrence-248 (243); Licking-351 (437); Logan -156 (140); Lorain-175 (152); Lucas-66 (52); Madison-4 (4); Mahoning-278 (272); Marion-29 (25); Medina-145 (145); Meigs-371 (392); Mercer-8 (9); Miami-17 (13); Monroe-369 (425); Montgomery-16 (24); Morgan-272 (279); Morrow-268 (252); Muskingum-247 (303); Noble-307 (308); Ottawa-7 (9); Paulding-108 (90); Perry-235 (271); Pickaway-58 (47); Pike-175 (183); Portage-244 (264); Preble-72 (68); Putnam-75 (95); Richland-256 (337); Ross-390 (371); Sandusky-11 (7); Scioto-279 (295); Seneca-187 (106); Shelby-31 (35); Stark-333 (295); Summit-98 (99); Trumbull-568 (507); Tuscarawas-609 (573); Union-17 (32); Van Wert-54 (20); Vinton-207 (255); Warren-129 (74); Washington-485 (495); Wayne-79 (57); Williams-277 (215); Wood-29 (25); Wyandot-66 (62) Totals: 18,936 (18,556)

  • One thought on “2009 Ohio Spring Turkey Harvest Tops 18,500 Birds

    1. I want to write and tell about the great time my son Noah had when he was selected to hunt with Governor Ted Strickland in the Second Annual Governor's Youth and Celebrity Turkey Hunt, held on May 2nd, 2009 in the great state of Ohio.

      Their guide was 5-time World Champion turkey caller and renowned outdoor TV personality, Mr. Walter Parrott. In addition to Parrott, two other notable turkey callers, current World Turkey Calling Champion Shane Hendershot of Zink Calls and his fellow Pro-Staffer Josh Grossenbacher, both, served as guides. Some of the celebrities included Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jordan Palmer, safety Corey Lynch, and former Ohio State Buckeye football head coach, John Cooper.

      What a fantastic event, and what a great time we all had! From the time we arrived, and until we left, the youth hunters, their parents, the celebrities and guides were made to feel like welcome guests. Many generous supporters and sponsors provided food, lodging and hunting gear for the young hunters.

      I want to publicly thank Governor Strickland, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Dillon State Park, Bass Pro Shops, Blind Turtle Blinds, Cincinnati Bengals, Doc's Deer Scents, Flint Ridge Outfitters, Gander Mountain, Gutridge Grills, Mike's Archery, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ohio Trophy Buck Outfitters, Quaker Boy, Rittberger Meats, Trophy Rock, and Zink Calls for supporting and sponsoring this wonderful event and great weekend of fun. I also want to thank the private landowner who graciously allowed my son, the Governor, and the rest of his entourage to hunt wild turkeys on his land.

      As a dad, I’m proud that my son's essay was selected and that his efforts earned him such cool accolades, as well as the privilege to hunt with Governor Strickland and Mr. Parrott.

      Mr Parrott called in a big Tom, but unfortunately they didn't harvest a turkey. But I don’t think my son will ever forget the experience! As a hunter and proud American, I’m glad to see the traditions of our hunting heritage being promoted from the highest level in our great state to the future outdoors men and women of America.


      Geoffrey Ulrey

      Wapakoneta, OH

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