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Wild Turkey Hunting

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Season OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE BAG LIMIT
Fall Wild Turkey: Select counties Oct. 14, 2017 Nov. 26, 2017 1 (either sex)
Youth Spring Wild Turkey April 21, 2018 April 22, 2018 2 birds total

Bearded only

1 per day

Spring Wild Turkey: South Zone

(except for Lake La Su An Wildlife Area)

April 23, 2018 May 20, 2018
Spring Wild Turkey: Northeast Zone April 30, 2018 May 27, 2018

Fall and Spring

Wild Turkey Hunting

It is unlawful to hunt or take wild turkeys with the aid or use of bait. An area is considered baited for 10 days after the complete removal of any bait.

It is unlawful to use a live decoy while hunting wild turkeys.

It is unlawful to possess or use an electronic calling device while hunting wild turkeys.

It is unlawful to take or attempt to take a wild turkey while it is in a tree.

It is unlawful to possess more than one hunting implement while turkey hunting. See Concealed Handgun License.

A successful wild turkey hunter can aid or assist another hunter who is hunting wild turkeys if the turkey permit has been filled in, he or she does not carry any hunting implement commonly used to kill wild animals, and has a valid hunting license. Those persons exempted from having a hunting license and wild turkey permits for turkey hunting on their property are required to have a hunting license and turkey permit to aid another hunter off of their property or hunt turkey off of their property.

TURKEY tagging and CHECKING

Hunters who kill a turkey must immediately:

Make a game tag with the hunter’s name, date, time, and county of kill.

Attach the completed game tag to the wild turkey at the place where it fell.

Fill in the wild turkey permit with the date, time, and county of kill.

The hunter must complete the game check and tagging process by 11:30 p.m. on the day of the kill. See Game Tag and Check.

Fall WILD Turkey Season

A valid Ohio hunting license and fall turkey permit are required, unless exempted.

A wild turkey of either sex may be hunted during the fall season. The bag limit is one turkey of either sex.

Fall wild turkey hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

A harvested wild turkey must be checked by 11:30 p.m. on the day of kill.

New this year, 11 additional counties are open to fall hunting. Check the fall map for open counties.

It is legal to use dogs to assist in taking wild turkeys during the fall season only.

SPRING WILD Turkey Season

A valid Ohio hunting license and spring turkey permit are required, unless exempted.

The bag limit is two bearded turkeys.

Only one bearded wild turkey may be taken per day. Persons wishing to take a second wild turkey during the spring season must purchase a second spring turkey permit.

The Northeast Zone is Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Trumbull counties. The South Zone is the remainder of the state.

Northeast Zone wild turkey hunting hours from April 30 – May 13, 2018 are 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

Northeast Zone wild turkey hunting hours from May 14 – 27, 2018 are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

South Zone wild turkey hunting hours from April 23 – May 6, 2018 are 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

South Zone wild turkey hunting hours from May 7 – 20, 2018 are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

Lake La Su An Wildlife Area is open only to youth wild turkey controlled permit holders during the spring season.

A harvested wild turkey must be checked by 11:30 p.m. on the day of kill.

It is legal to use a leashed dog to recover wounded wild turkeys in the spring turkey season.

Youth WILD Turkey Season

A valid hunting license and wild turkey permit are required, unless exempted.

Youth hunters can harvest up to two wild turkeys during the youth season (one per day). Checking two wild turkeys fills the youth hunter’s bag limit for the remaining 2018 spring wild turkey season.

Special youth wild turkey hunts are held on selected areas.

Hunting hours for youth turkey season are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

Legal wild turkey Hunting Equipment

SEASON Equipment

Fall and Spring

Wild Turkey Hunting Seasons

Shotgun: 10 gauge or smaller shotgun using shot,

includes muzzleloading shotguns.

Longbow or Bow: The minimum draw weight is 40 pounds. This includes compound bows and recurve bows. The arrow tip needs to have a minimum of two cutting edges which may be exposed or unexposed, and a minimum 3/4-inch width. Expandable and mechanical broadheads are legal.

Crossbow: The minimum draw weight is 75 pounds. The arrow tip needs to have a minimum of two cutting edges which may be exposed or unexposed, and a minimum 3/4-inch width. Expandable and mechanical broadheads are legal.