Ohio harvest numbers are in for 2002

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June 3, 2002

Hunters checked in 22,173 bearded wild turkeys during Ohio's four-week, statewide spring turkey hunting season that opened April 22 and ended May 19. This season's total represents a 15.2 percent decrease from last year's record-breaking 26,156 gobblers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

"With the addition of a fourth week to the season, our biologists expected another record year. But unseasonably cold and rainy weather restricted turkey movement," said Mike Budzik, chief of ODNR's Division of Wildlife. "On a more positive note, we are happy to see that success rates actually increased in more than half the state."

Counties where the highest numbers of wild turkeys were taken during the spring season and their comparative figures from 2001 (in parenthesis) include Ashtabula - 1,037 (1,263); Guernsey - 903 (1,105); Coshocton - 800 (1,003); Jackson - 727 (751); and Harrison - 711 (889). All figures are preliminary.

Coming in to the spring season, state wildlife biologists estimated the wild turkey population in Ohio to be about 260,000, approximately 30 percent higher than last spring.

"With the turkey population growing consistently, we felt it was time to give hunters an extra week of opportunity," said Budzik.

This was the third year that turkey hunting was open in every Ohio county during the spring season. Only 57 of the state's 88 counties were open to spring turkey hunting in 1999.

Once all but extinct in the state, wild turkeys were reintroduced to Ohio in the mid-1950s by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The first spring turkey hunting season was opened in 1966. Ohio now has more than 200,000 wild turkeys and they are present in all 88 counties.

Preliminary Turkey Season Results For 2002 Followed by (2001) Final Totals
Adams - 433 (526); Allen - 7 (1); Ashland - 487 (376); Ashtabula - 1,037 (1,263); Athens - 640 (791); Auglaize - 19 (5); Belmont - 556 (855); Brown 476 - (475); Butler - 37 (30); Carroll - 478 (632); Champaign - 72 (83); Clark - 27 (8); Clermont - 497 (364); Clinton - 51 (25); Columbiana - 363 (400); Coshocton - 800 (1,003); Crawford - 52 (54); Cuyahoga - 8 (0); Darke -16 (0); Defiance - 97 (101); Delaware - 68 (24); Erie - 8 (11); Fairfield - 199 (180); Fayette - 22 (1); Franklin - 7 (3); Fulton - 19 (18); Gallia - 493 (681); Geauga - 458 (352); Greene - 14 (17); Guernsey - 903 (1,105); Hamilton - 53 (52); Hancock - 10 (10); Hardin - 37 (39); Harrison - 711 (889); Henry - 12 (20); Highland - 259 (215); Hocking - 528 (902); Holmes - 442 (557); Huron - 127 (143); Jackson - 727 (751); Jefferson - 505 (690); Knox - 402 (634); Lake - 214 (87); Lawrence - 314 (269); Licking - 554 (489); Logan - 111 (100); Lorain - 74 (65); Lucas - 10 (6); Madison - 1 (4); Mahoning - 179 (82); Marion - 30 (13); Medina - 101 (57); Meigs - 612 (762); Mercer - 0 (0); Miami - 11 (3); Monroe - 625 (941); Montgomery - 4 (3); Morgan - 521 (725); Morrow - 168 (169); Muskingum - 691 (1,200); Noble - 371 (802); Ottawa - 4 (0); Paulding - 60 (1); Perry - 493 (715); Pickaway - 55 (7); Pike - 260 (358); Portage - 138 (112); Preble - 41 (58); Putnam - 16 (5); Richland - 487 (490); Ross - 481 (556); Sandusky - 12 (2); Scioto - 388 (279); Seneca - 111 (54); Shelby - 19 (34); Stark - 258 (129); Summit - 27 (13); Trumbull - 579 (520); Tuscarawas - 580 (872); Union - 13 (4); Van Wert - 2 (0); Vinton - 379 (775); Warren - 70 (55); Washington - 626 (723); Wayne - 142 (126); Williams - 130 (154); Wood - 6 (9); Wyandot - 48 (42) Totals: 22,173 (26,156).

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Hey!  One of those birds was mine!!!  20 lb, 11.5" beard and a pair of 1.250 spurs from Belmont County!  Glad to contibute to the cause!  TommyCaller
 

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Cool! now if we can only identify the other 22,172 we'll be in business. How can you not love turkey hunting?!?!
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I can id 4 more. 2 were mine and 2 were Saw's. All from Athens County. Both of Saw's were taken by bow. Mine were gunned down.
 

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Hey Tommycaller,  what kind of gun do you use to shoot from Oklahoma and reach out to kill a bird in Belmont County, Ohio? I gotta have one of those!
 
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 Hey Two of them Birds came from the hills of southern ohio ,My Dauther got her first bird the fourth day of the seasonc 18lb 10 1/2in beard,and I got my bird the Next day 20lb 9 1/2in beard,It was a bad season,After the first week here where I live it went down hill,They gobble a few times first light then they shut up.There always next year.
 

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Give your daughter some congrats from me on her first bird, good work!
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