Ohio Blue Rock State Forest Hosts Special Turkey Hunt
COLUMBUS, OH –-(Ammoland.com)- Twenty-one disabled hunters participated in a special hunt for wild turkeys at Blue Rock State Forest in Muskingum County on Saturday, April 9.
“This pre-season hunt provided an opportunity for disabled hunters to participate in a guided hunt,” said Robert Boyles, state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “Blue Rock State Forest provides an excellent venue for hunting wild turkeys because of harvesting practices and forest management techniques that have created an ideal habitat for the birds.”
The event was sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) Wheelin’ Sportsmen program, which provides people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The ODNR Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife worked with the Y-Bridge Longbeards and other chapters of the NWTF to coordinate the event with donations and volunteer efforts from many local individuals and businesses.
Two or more guides were provided for each hunter. Hunters provided their own shotguns and ammunition, as well as the necessary licenses and permits.
Four turkeys were taken during the event, which had participants ranging in age from 20 to 80. Some of the hunters were in wheel chairs, while others walked with the assistance of canes or braces.
Ohio grows more acres of trees than corn and soybeans combined. The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.
ODNR 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.