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Ohio fall turkey season opens Oct. 8

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Hunters can expect to find fewer turkeys this fall when wild turkey hunting season opens in 48 Ohio counties Oct. 8, and continues through Nov. 27.

"Record rainfall and regional flooding during the nesting season negatively affected wild turkey production this year," according to Mike Reynolds, wildlife biologist. "Some re-nesting may have helped to offset early nest failures, but hunters will likely find fewer turkeys this fall. Brood production in 2009 and 2011 has been the lowest on record."

Reynolds added that Ohio's current wild turkey population is approximately 180,000. He anticipates as many as 15,000 people, not counting private landowners hunting on their own property, will enjoy Ohio's fall wild turkey season.

Only one turkey of either sex may be taken during the entire fall season. A Fall Turkey Hunting Permit is required. Hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Shotguns using shot, crossbows and longbows are permitted.

Hunting turkeys over bait is prohibited. Turkeys must be checked by 11:30 p.m. on the day the bird is shot.All hunters must report their harvest of turkeys, but they are no longer required to take their turkey to a check station for physical inspection.

Hunters have three options to complete the automated game check. Turkeys can be checked online at www.wildohio.comor www.ohiogamecheck.com.

They also can be checked by calling (877)824-4864. This option is only available to those required to purchase a turkey permit to hunt turkeys. Turkeys can be checked at all license agents.

Landowner hunters who are not required to purchase a fall turkey permit must use the internet or any license agent to check their turkey. Hunters who tag their turkey as a landowner harvest cannot use the phone-in method.All authorized license sales agents will also check in game.

A list of these agents can be found at www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/regulations/vendor.aspx or by calling (800)945-3543.

Ohio turkey hunters are advised to wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving or moving through hunting areas in order to remain visible to others.

More information about fall wild turkey hunting and safety information can be found in Publication 85, Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations, or online.

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