Coshocton leads state in opening day of wild turkey season

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Coshocton leads state in opening day of wild turkey season

Ohio hunters had an excellent opening day of the 2018 wild turkey season.

They harvested 3,315 toms and jakes, up modestly from last year’s opening day kill of 3,127. Top counties for hunter success were Coshocton with 149 birds down, Tuscarawas – 147, Guernsey – 136, Harrison – 1323, and Belmont – 128. There’s still plenty of time to bag a bird since the season in the south zone lasts until May 20 and the northeast zone is open through Sunday, May 27.

Young hunters got first try at bagging a wild turkey during their two day early season on April 21 – 22, and did well also. They killed 1,860 birds during the special hunt. All participants were required to possess a valid Ohio youth hunting license, a spring turkey permit, and be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.

Some fine wild turkeys were bagged during the first of the regular season, but one young woman was particularly thrilled with her kill. She e-mailed to say “My first year ever hunting turkeys! 22 pounds, an 11 inch beard, and one inch spurs. Got it done today, rain and all! Took it to a taxidermist for a full mount.” Congratulations, Robyn!


Originally posted by Dick Martin at the Telegraph Forum at 10:37 a.m. on May 2, 2018. Dick Martin is a retired biology teacher who has been writing outdoor columns for 30 years. You can reach him at