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Ohio’s youth spring turkey hunt concludes

COLUMBUS — Logan County youth turkey hunters enjoyed a successful spring turkey season.

Young hunters in the county took 16 turkeys during the two-day hunt, which was Saturday and Sunday. Last year, Logan County hunters harvested nine birds.

The total for the state was 1,784 birds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters ages 17-and-under were eligible to participate in the hunt. The total harvest was a nine percent increase from 2012, when 1,632 wild turkeys were checked.

The counties that reported the most checked wild turkeys during the 2013 youth spring season were: Monroe (56), Muskingum (54), Ashtabula (52), Jefferson (52), Coshocton (51), Belmont (49), Knox (48), Guernsey (48), Tuscarawas (48) and Washington (47).

All participants were required to possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license and youth spring turkey permit, and must have been accompanied by a non-hunting adult.

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 spring turkey season began Monday and closes Sunday, May 19. The spring turkey season is open statewide except for Lake La Su An Wildlife Area.

More information on the turkey season can be found in the 2012-2013 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations, available where licenses are sold and at wildohio.com.

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.

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