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Turkey season so far…

A jake gobbler in full strut in Adams County.  Photo by Tom Cross.
A jake gobbler in full strut in Adams County. Photo by Tom Cross.

By Tom Cross – People’s Defender

By the numbers the 2016 edition of Ohio’s turkey season seems to be looking up. The past few seasons were pretty dismal as weather and other factors of past wet springs across Ohio have limited the turkey hatch. If the pleasant weather southern Ohio is enjoying now any harbinger of future turkey seasons, they should be great.

The statewide turkey season take thus far is up almost six percent through the first week of season. Ohio hunters have tagged in 8,629 gobblers during that first week.

Locally Adams County has had a nearly 20 percent increase in the take over last season. 56 gobblers were harvested opening day in Adams County and so far Adams County turkey hunters have bagged 220 gobblers through the first week of season. Brown County hunters have bagged 167 gobblers the first week and Highland hunters took 163 gobblers. Pike County checked in with 132 gobblers, and Scioto County turkey hunters have checked 129 bearded birds through the first week. Ohio’s spring turkey season opened April 18 and will continue through May 15.

Ohio’s recent youth season, April 16-17, concluded with 1,564 birds being taken statewide. In Adams County young hunters, ages 17 or younger, bagged 34 gobblers that weekend of youth season.

Just in from the Edge of Appalachia Preserve, spring turkey hunting is now being permitted on approximately 1,500 acres of preserve property located just north of Cedar Mills. The hunting is by permit only and must be applied for in person at the Eulett Center located at 4274 Waggoner Riffle Rd., West Union, from between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The permits are free and only a limited number of permits are issued for a limited length of time and that is to maintain the quality of the hunt and for safety reasons. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Fifty percent of the permits are reserved for Adams County residents. Proof of residency such as a driver license is required.

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