Mary Alice Reporting – Ohio’s 2023 wild turkey hunting season has limited opening next weekend.

Saturday, April 15th and the 16th is dedicated for youth before the regular season starts on Saturday, April 22nd for the south zone. Those in the northeast zone can begin hunting on Saturday, April 29th.

The season limit is one bearded turkey and during last year’s season, hunters harvested 11,872 wild turkeys in Ohio. The top five counties in 2022 were Ashtabula (348 birds taken), Tuscarawas (338), Belmont (314), Guernsey (312), and Columbiana (309).

During the upcoming two-day youth hunting season, hunters ages 17 and under can participate with a valid youth hunting license ($10 for a one-year license) and youth turkey permit ($16). A non-hunting adult, 18 years of age or older, must accompany the minor. Hunting hours during the youth season are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.

In both the south and northeast zones, turkey hunting hours for the first nine days are from 30 minutes before sunrise until noon. For the remainder of the season, hours are extended until sunset.

The season ends in the south zone on Sunday, May 21, and in the northeast zone on Sunday, May 28.

Turkey hunters are required to have a valid hunting license and spring turkey permit, unless exempted. For additional details, visit

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