Ohio’s Wild Turkey Harvest Results Through Sunday, May 8



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s wild turkey hunters have checked a total of 9,353 birds during the start of spring hunting season through Sunday, May 8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The total statewide harvest represents 16 days of hunting across most of the state, nine days in the northeast zone (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Trumbull counties), and includes the 1,103 wild turkeys taken during the youth season April 9-10.Hunters harvested 11,779 wild turkeys over the same time period during the 2021 spring hunting season. The three-year average (2019, 2020, and 2021) is 13,664 birds using the same dates

Hunting in the northeast zone is open until Sunday, May 29, and in the remainder of the state until Sunday, May 22. Hunting is now open from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset statewide. Additional information can be found in the 2021-22 hunting and trapping regulations booklet. The statewide bag limit is one bearded turkey.

The top 10 counties for wild turkey harvest during the 2022 season so far: Tuscarawas (264), Guernsey (261), Muskingum (253), Columbiana (250), Harrison (244), Belmont (243), Jefferson (239), Gallia (234), Monroe (229), and Meigs (223).

Declining wild turkey harvests, likely a result of lower wild turkey numbers and decreased hunter participation, have been a long-term trend since 2001, when Ohio’s harvest peaked. Several factors play a role in fluctuating turkey populations, including weather events, predation, and hatch productivity. The Division of Wildlife is taking conservation measures to reduce the wild turkey harvest while ongoing research looks closely at Ohio’s turkeys.

Each summer, the Division of Wildlife conducts a turkey brood survey to estimate population changes. Poor hatches from 2017-2019 have caused a temporary depression in turkey numbers. The Division of Wildlife remains vigilant in monitoring Ohio’s wild turkeys. Biologists expect the population dip to be temporary given the 2021 brood survey showed encouraging results. Young turkeys will be tracked closely in the coming years. The brood survey is largely based on public reports. Submit observations of young turkeys during July and August at wildohio.gov.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Editor’s Note: A list of all wild turkeys checked by hunters in each county through Sunday, May 8, 2022, is shown below. Results include 16 days of hunting in the south zone, nine days in the northeast zone, and the two-day youth season. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2022, and the three-year average through the corresponding dates are in parentheses. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.

Adams: 214 (331); Allen: 49 (58); Ashland: 108 (141); Ashtabula 215 (266); Athens: 187 (327); Auglaize: 18 (30); Belmont: 243 (422); Brown: 219 (323); Butler: 117 (159); Carroll: 216 (285); Champaign: 58 (68); Clark: 15 (13); Clermont: 166 (254); Clinton: 43 (56); Columbiana: 250 (325); Coshocton: 220 (360); Crawford: 37 (38); Cuyahoga 2 (3); Darke: 50 (48); Defiance: 118 (160); Delaware: 60 (89); Erie: 20 (35); Fairfield: 64 (86); Fayette: 3 (11); Franklin: 5 (15); Fulton: 65 (86); Gallia: 234 (318); Geauga 83 (125); Greene: 19 (16); Guernsey: 261 (400); Hamilton: 62 (86); Hancock: 23 (28); Hardin: 61 (71); Harrison: 244 (344); Henry: 29 (47); Highland: 193 (297); Hocking: 144 (217); Holmes: 138 (184); Huron: 52 (87); Jackson: 154 (285); Jefferson: 239 (338); Knox: 163 (247); Lake 28 (42); Lawrence: 129 (186); Licking: 172 (255); Logan: 95 (86); Lorain: 67 (101); Lucas: 40 (45); Madison: 4 (6); Mahoning: 111 (144); Marion: 22 (30); Medina: 73 (94); Meigs: 223 (418); Mercer: 16 (17); Miami: 24 (19); Monroe: 229 (436); Montgomery: 14 (22); Morgan: 165 (271); Morrow: 100 (105); Muskingum: 253 (392); Noble: 201 (335); Ottawa: 0 (2); Paulding: 47 (58); Perry: 158 (228); Pickaway: 4 (19); Pike: 118 (164); Portage: 138 (184); Preble: 90 (90); Putnam: 20 (44); Richland: 129 (190); Ross: 182 (240); Sandusky: 15 (20); Scioto: 111 (226); Seneca: 77 (101); Shelby: 27 (33); Stark: 176 (215); Summit: 43 (55); Trumbull 170 (223); Tuscarawas: 264 (401); Union: 46 (36); Van Wert: 18 (14); Vinton: 143 (231); Warren: 53 (78); Washington: 205 (390); Wayne: 79 (92); Williams: 141 (160); Wood: 16 (19); and Wyandot: 56 (67).

2022 Total: 9,353
Three-Year Average:
(13,664)