Ohio hunters have eight new counties where they can pursue wild turkeys this season.
Ohio's Department of Natural Resources says hunters can now harvest turkeys in Butler, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Seneca and Warren. The state's wild turkey hunting season runs through Dec. 1 in 56 counties. Only one turkey of either sex can be taken over the fall period, and a turkey hunting permit is required. Hunters can use shotguns, as well as crossbows and longbows. But hunting turkeys over bait is banned.
State officials said hunters harvested more than 1,300 wild turkeys during last fall's season. The department says the fall period draws about 10,000 hunters, not including private landowners hunting on their property.
Officials estimate Ohio's wild turkey population to be 180,000 birds.