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Annual Wild Turkey Hunts Offer Outdoor Experience for Hunters with Disabilities


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Pike State Forest and Blue Rock State Forest recently played host to two special hunts designed to provide hunters with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while pursuing wild turkey. Organized by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry, these hunts took place in Pike and Muskingum counties, offering participants a chance to immerse themselves in nature and partake in the thrill of the hunt.

The Thunder in the Hills wild turkey hunt, now in its seventh year, unfolded amid the scenic landscapes of Pike State Forest. Fifteen hunters took part in the event, with four turkeys harvested during the hunt. Spearheaded by the Division of Forestry in collaboration with the Clinton County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and other ODNR divisions, this event received support from approximately 50 organizations through donations and volunteer efforts.

Meanwhile, the 17th annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen hunt for wild turkey unfolded at Blue Rock State Forest, sponsored by the NWTF Wheelin’ Sportsmen program. Coordinated by the ODNR Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife in partnership with local NWTF chapters like the Y-Bridge Longbeards, this event saw contributions from numerous individuals and businesses within the community. Twenty-three hunters participated, with two turkeys harvested during the hunt, supported by over 60 guides who lent their expertise to the event.

Participants in both hunts provided their own shotguns and ammunition, along with the necessary licenses and permits, while dedicated guides were on hand to assist each hunter throughout the experience.

Reflecting on the success of these hunts, ODNR Division of Forestry Chief Dan Balser expressed gratitude for the opportunity to host such meaningful events in Ohio’s sustainably managed forests. He praised the hunters and volunteers for their commitment to conservation and habitat diversity, citing their participation as a source of inspiration for all involved.

These annual hunts not only provide hunters with disabilities the chance to engage in their passion for the outdoors but also serve as a testament to the inclusive spirit and conservation ethos embraced by Ohio’s outdoor community.