CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Hunters checked more than 16,500 wild turkeys during Ohio's four-week wild turkey season.
Ashtabula County led the state with 615 checked birds. Tuscarawas County ranked second with 493, and Coshocton County came in third with 484. Hunters in Guernsey County bagged 466 birds. There were 444 birds checked in Belmont County, with 292 in Noble County.
The spring hunting season ran from April 21 through May 18.
This year's totals were down significantly from 2013, when hunters bagged more than 18,000 wild turkeys.
Ohio's first modern day wild turkey season opened in 1966 in nine counties. Statewide turkey hunting began in 2000.
For more information about wild turkey hunting, visit www.wildohio.gov.