Ohio's wild turkey harvest down slightly from 2011

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- State officials say Ohio hunters bagged fewer wild turkeys this season compared with last year.

Ohio's Department of Natural Resources says hunters harvested 1,338 wild turkeys this fall. That's a 2.5 percent drop from 2011, when hunters bagged 1,372 wild turkeys. The 2010 harvest total was 1,425.

Wild turkey hunting occurred this fall in 48 counties. State officials said Ashtabula (ash-tuh-BYOO'-luh) County was the leader with a top harvest of 61 birds.

The department says the season drew more than 17,000 hunters, not including private landowners who hunted on their own property. Hunters could pursue a wild turkey using a shotgun, muzzle-loading shotgun, bow or crossbow.

Prior to the fall hunting season, Ohio's wild turkey population was about 180,000.

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