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Turkey Hunting Regulations

WILD TURKEY HUNTING

SEASONOPENING DATECLOSING DATEBAG LIMIT
Fall Wild Turkey: Select CountiesOct. 14, 2023Nov. 12, 20231 (either sex)
Youth Spring Wild Turkey

April 13, 2024

April 14, 2024

1 bearded turkey

Spring Wild Turkey: South Zone (except for Lake La Su An Wildlife Area)

April 20, 2024

May 19, 2024

Spring Wild Turkey: Northeast Zone

April 27, 2024

May 26, 2024

WILD TURKEY HUNTING

It is unlawful to hunt or take wild turkeys with the aid or use of bait. An area is con- sidered 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 elec- tronic 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 hunt- ing implement while turkey hunting.

A successful wild turkey hunter may 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 ani- mals, 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.

TAG AND CHECK

A hunter is required to complete the game check process following the harvest of a wild turkey. See page 18 for information.

BAG LIMITS

  • It shall be unlawful for any person to take or possess a wild turkey during the spring wild turkey season that does not have a visible beard.
  • A harvested wild turkey must be checked by 11:30 p.m. on the day of kill.

FALL WILD TURKEY SEASON

  • A valid Ohio hunting license and fall tur- key permit are required, unless exempt.
  • A wild turkey of either sex may be hunt- ed during the fall season. The bag limit is one turkey.
  • Fall wild turkey hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.
  • It is legal to use dogs to assist in taking wild turkeys during the fall season only.

Fall Turkey Zones

YOUTH WILD TURKEY SEASON

  • A valid hunting license and wild turkey permit are required, unless exempt.
  • Hunting hours for youth turkey season are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

SPRING WILD TURKEY SEASON

  • A valid Ohio hunting license and spring turkey permit are required, unless ex- empt.
  • It is legal to use a leashed dog to recov- er wounded wild turkeys in the spring turkey season.

LEGAL WILD TURKEY HUNTING EQUIPMENT

SEASON

EQUIPMENT

Shotgun: 10 gauge or smaller shotgun using shot, includes muzzleloading shotguns.

FALL AND SPRING WILD TURKEY HUNTING SEASONS

Longbow or Bow: The minimum draw weight is 40 pounds. Thisincludes com- pound bows and recurve bows. The arrow tip needsto have a minimum of two cutting edges which may be exposed orunexposed, and a minimum 3/4-inch width. Expandable andmechanical 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 orunexposed, and a minimum 3/4-inch width. Expandable and mechanical broadheads are legal.

REPORT SIGHTINGS

REPORT WILD TURKEY AND RUFFED GROUSE SIGHTINGS

The Division of Wildlife is asking for your help with annual wild turkey and ruffed grouse brood surveys to estimate population changes. These surveys rely on the public to report observations of all wild turkeys and ruffed grouse seen in July and August, including the number of young birds. Reports allow staff to estimate hatch success, predict future population changes, and guide the state’s hunt- ing regulations. Report sightings at wildohio.gov or on the HuntFish OH mobile app.

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