Youth Hunters Find Success During 2016 Youth Wild Turkey Season
April 19, 2016 - 9:34 AM
COLUMBUS - Many young hunters found success during Ohio’s
2016 youth spring wild turkey season after 1,564 birds were harvested,
according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Hunters age 17 and under were eligible to participate in the two-day
season, April 16-17. The total harvest was a slight decrease from 2015,
when 1,589 wild turkeys were checked.
All participants were required to possess a valid Ohio youth
hunting license, a spring turkey permit and be accompanied by a
non-hunting adult. The youth turkey season was open statewide, with the
exception of Lake La Su An State Wildlife Area in Williams County, which
required a special hunting permit.
The youth spring turkey season is one of four special youth-only
hunting seasons designed by the ODNR Division of Wildlife to offer a
safe and productive early hunting experience for young hunters. Special
seasons are also set aside for upland game, white-tailed deer and
waterfowl hunting opportunities.
The regular spring turkey season began on Monday, April 18, and
closes Sunday, May 15. The spring turkey season is open statewide except
for Lake La Su An Wildlife Area. Find more information in the 2015-2016
Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations, available where licenses are
sold, and at wildohio.gov.
Ohio’s first modern day wild turkey season opened in 1966 in nine
counties, and hunters checked 12 birds. The total number of harvested
turkeys topped 1,000 for the first time in 1984. Turkey hunting was
opened statewide in 2000.
A list of all wild turkeys checked by hunters during the 2016 two-day
youth spring hunting season is shown below. The first number following
the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2016, and the 2015
numbers are in parentheses.