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BEST VIEWING & HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES
• Woodbury Wildlife Area, Coshocton County
• Salt Fork Wildlife Area, Guernsey County
• Grand River Wildlife Area, Trumbull County
• Crown City Wildlife Area, Lawrence and Gallia County
• Lake La Su An Wildlife Area, Williams County
This highly prized game bird is found in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Highest densities occur in counties in portions of Northeast and East-central Ohio with an optimal mixture of forests, pasture, and agricultural fields. Reintroduced populations in western Ohio counties have been successful. Ohio’s statewide wild turkey population was estimated to be 180,000 turkeys in 2013. Reproductive success in 2013 (2.6 poults:hen) was similar to 2012 and better than during the past few years (2009 – 2011). Wildlife enthusiasts and hunters should expect higher populations of wild turkeys during the 2014 spring turkey season with another good crop of jakes and more 2-year-old gobblers.
Survey details and historical data can be found in the Forest Wildlife Overview section of the Wildlife Population Status and Hunting Forecast.