The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 24, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Let’s talk some turkey!

(Continued)

Hunting grounds

The first thing a turkey hunter needs to be able to hunt turkey is a place to do it. It’s one of the greatest challenges facing every hunter. No, it’s not calling in that longbeard or figuring out how to get the tightest pattern out of your shotgun. It’s finding a good place to hunt.

While a small handful of hunters own their own land and even more are able to join hunt clubs and leases, many others search every year for that perfect spot. And for a lot of these hunters, it means finding good public land. For those of you who don’t have access to any or much private land you might want to investigate public hunting grounds are a viable alternative.

First choice

The first step in every hunter’s search for good public hunting lands should begin with the ODNR. They are responsible for managing much of the land available for public hunting, such as wildlife management areas or state forests. The ODNR can usually provide complete information on areas close to your home and those areas with the best opportunity for tagging a wild turkey or whatever game it is you seek.

Check out ODNR

To log on to the ODNR’s website, simply go to www.dnr.state.oh.us/wildlife. Here, you can find license requirements, costs and additional fees that may need to be paid to hunt these areas, along with maps and info on access roads, parking and even local camping or lodging.

It will also have legal hunting hours, bag limits as well as any rules and regulations regarding turkey hunting. Also it will have any particular stipulations in regards to any special regulations you may need to know. It is important to make sure you understand the rules of hunting each individual public hunting area.

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