Nick McWilliams reporting – During the opening part of the spring turkey hunting season, over 12,750 birds were harvested in Ohio.

Through Sunday, May 7th, nearly 1,000 more birds were taken in 2023 than were harvested last year at this point.

Muskingum came in at the top with 368 birds, followed by Gallia at 365. Tuscarawas was a close third with 356 turkey.

Coshocton accounted for 323 during the first 16 days of the season, while Guernsey was in the top 10 with 308 turkey.

Over 48,000 permits were distributed by the Division of Wildlife this year.

Turkey hunting will remain open through May 21th, except for the northeast zone, which will stay open until May 28th.

During the spring season, a valid hunting license is needed along with a permit, unless otherwise exempted.

Full rules and regulations are online at

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