COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recently hosted two special hunts organized for disabled hunters to enjoy the outdoors while hunting for wild turkey. The second annual Thunder in the Hills wild turkey hunt at Pike State Forest and the 12th annual Wheelin’ Sportsmen hunt for wild turkeys at Blue Rock State Forest were recently held in Pike and Muskingum counties.
The Thunder in the Hills wild turkey hunt at Pike State Forest was coordinated by the South Central and the Clinton County chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), and the ODNR divisions of Forestry and Wildlife. More than a dozen organizations assisted with donations and volunteers. Eleven people participated, and three turkeys were taken during the event.
The Wheelin’ Sportsmen hunt for wild turkey at Blue Rock State Forest was sponsored by the NWTF’s Wheelin’ Sportsmen program. The ODNR divisions of Forestry and Wildlife worked with the Y-Bridge Longbeards and other chapters of the NWTF to coordinate the event with donations and volunteer efforts from many local individuals and businesses. Nineteen people participated, and eight turkeys were taken during the event.
Hunters at both events provided their own shotguns and ammunition, as well as the necessary licenses and permits. Guides were provided for each hunter. The participating hunters were from various parts of Ohio. Some of the hunters were in wheelchairs while others walked with the assistance of canes or braces. Several of these hunters were disabled veterans.
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov.