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Wild Turkey Hunting

Hunting Regulations Icon Ohio Hunting

Season Opening Date Closing Date Bag Limit
Fall Wild Turkey: Select counties Oct. 8, 2016 Nov. 27, 2016 1 (either sex)
Youth Spring Wild Turkey April 22, 2017 April 23, 2017 2 birds total

Bearded only

1 per day

Spring Wild Turkey: South Zone

(except for Lake La Su An Wildlife Area)

April 24, 2017 May 21, 2017
Spring Wild Turkey: Northeast Zone May 1, 2017 May 28, 2017

FALL AND SPRING WILD TURKEY HUNTING

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

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

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

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

A successful turkey hunter can aid or assist another hunter who is hunting turkey 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 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 turkey at the place where it fell.

Fill in the 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.

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 2017 spring wild turkey season.

Special youth wild turkey hunts are held on selected areas.

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FALL WILD TURKEY SEASON

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

Bag limit is one turkey of either sex.

Turkey hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

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

A wild turkey of either sex may be hunted during the fall season. Check the fall map for open counties.

It is legal to use dogs to assist in taking turkeys during the fall turkey 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 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 turkey hunting hours from May 1 to May 14, 2017 are 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

Northeast Zone turkey hunting hours from May 15 to May 28, 2017 are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

South Zone turkey hunting hours from April 24 – May 7, 2017 are 30 minutes before sunrise to noon.

South Zone turkey hunting hours from May 8 to May 21, 2017 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 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 turkeys in the spring turkey season.

LEGAL 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: Minimum draw weight 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: Minimum draw weight 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.

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