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A little surprised harvest was not above 2011 given the much better weather this year.

Ohio Hunters Harvest More Than 17,000 Turkeys During Spring Hunt
Ashtabula County again leads the harvest
COLUMBUS, OH- Hunters checked 17,647 wild turkeys during Ohio's four-week statewide spring turkey hunting season that ended May 20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The preliminary total represents a three percent decrease over last year's harvest number of 18,162.
Ashtabula County again led the state in the number of turkeys killed with 762. Counties with additional high harvest numbers were: Ashtabula-762, Tuscarawas-531, Guernsey-495, Coshocton-492, Muskingum-486, Belmont-456, Knox-451, Harrison-450, Trumbull-428 and Adams-420.
The Division of Wildlife estimates that more than 70,000 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 180,000 birds.
Wild turkeys were nearly eliminated 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 hunting licenses purchased now are also valid during the 2012 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 2012-2013 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.
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Editor's Note: Preliminary spring turkey season results for 2012 are listed. The 2011 final totals are shown in parentheses.
Adams: 420 (502); Allen: 45 (45); Ashland: 237 (224); Ashtabula: 762 (700); Athens: 335 (367); Auglaize: 34 (36); Belmont: 456 (435); Brown: 350 (428); Butler: 184 (200); Carroll: 385 (349); Champaign: 87 (87); Clark: 18 (17); Clermont: 338 (420); Clinton: 60 (75); Columbiana: 410 (394); Coshocton: 492 (443); Crawford: 77 (85); Cuyahoga: 2 (4); Darke: 52 (43); Defiance: 218 (227); Delaware: 126 (131); Erie: 60 (52); Fairfield: 111 (90); Fayette: 6 (5); Franklin: 21 (23); Fulton: 92 (90); Gallia: 289 (370); Geauga: 276 (300); Greene: 20 (23); Guernsey: 495 (498); Hamilton: 119 (139); Hancock: 23 (31); Hardin: 88 (74); Harrison: 450 (474); Henry: 32 (35); Highland: 402 (438); Hocking: 296 (283); Holmes: 259 (215); Huron: 152 (158); Jackson: 292 (296); Jefferson: 365 (374); Knox: 451 (498); Lake: 84 (58); Lawrence: 179 (262); Licking: 380 (425); Logan: 166 (159); Lorain: 177 (182); Lucas: 46 (43); Madison: 1 (4); Mahoning: 238 (226); Marion: 49 (53); Medina: 120 (116); Meigs: 366 (396); Mercer: 20 (17); Miami: 12 (26); Monroe: 417 (440); Montgomery: 20 (15); Morgan: 292 (338); Morrow: 212 (205); Muskingum: 486 (455); Noble: 333 (305); Ottawa: 9 (2); Paulding: 99 (82); Perry: 247 (257); Pickaway: 26 (28); Pike: 280 (270); Portage: 234 (224); Preble: 91 (71); Putnam: 50 (58); Richland: 393 (408); Ross: 333 (344); Sandusky: 13 (17); Scioto: 210 (260); Seneca: 165 (162); Shelby: 42 (39); Stark: 213 (219); Summit: 42 (28); Trumbull: 428 (405); Tuscarawas: 531 (571); Union: 38 (37); Van Wert: 11 (21); Vinton: 263 (256); Warren: 90 (123); Washington: 390 (402); Wayne: 96 (107); Williams: 261 (242); Wood: 19 (21); Wyandot: 88 (105). Totals: 17,647 (18,162).
 

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I wonder how many people still make the trek to that part of the state, it seems the east central part of the state and the far northeast corner is now the turkey capital. For most hunters IS70 and IS77 are far easier to access than Vinton county and that area. Tuscarawas county is always near the top for both deer and turkeys and I don't really believe there are that many more here, it's just so much more accessible for everyone coming down IS77 and US250.
 

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Here in Ashtabula we had a nice kill and there are gobblers in strut in the fields still. Been seeing hens with poults too.
 

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I kind of wonder if season opening a week later had any thing to do with the lower numbers? last couple of years season opened a week earlier that WV's season and I know a lot of WV hunters would hunt Ohio that week before WV season opened up. I'd like to see how the NR license numbers compared this year to last year.
 

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I'm shocked that Vinton numbers are that low. :(
I can't speak for all of vinton county, but the first week was on fire in my area. We called in 12 jakes that week and then harvested one of my biggest birds to date. After that first week I could not buy a turkey down there. Lows in the 20's and 30's and I hear decent gobbling, yet lows in the 50's and 60's and I don't hear a thing:rolleyes:
 

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Here in Ashtabula we had a nice kill and there are gobblers in strut in the fields still. Been seeing hens with poults too.
I'm seeing the same thing. On my way to work the other day I saw a couple hens and then right in town off of sanborn I saw a jake with 3 hens.

Can't really tell by the picture but that's him.
 
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