Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ohio’s Wild Turkey Harvest Results Through Sunday, May 9

 Ohio’s Wild Turkey Harvest Results Through Sunday, May 9


Ohio’s wild turkey hunters have harvested 11,783 birds through Sunday, May 9, 2021. Ohio has two zones for 2021 spring wild turkey hunting: the south zone and the northeast zone. The total harvest represents 16 days of hunting in the south zone and nine days in the northeast zone, and includes the 1,473 wild turkeys taken during the 2021 youth season.


Hunters harvested 14,215 wild turkeys over the same time period during the 2020 spring hunting season.


Hunting in the south zone is open until Sunday, May 23, and the northeast zone (Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Trumbull counties) is open until Sunday, May 30. Find complete details in the 2020-2021 Hunting and Trapping Regulation Booklet.


The top 10 counties for wild turkey harvest during 2021 season: Columbiana (385), Meigs (372), Belmont (370), Monroe (359), Tuscarawas (348), Jefferson (339), Guernsey (333), Muskingum (327), Washington (325), and Adams (303).

Editor’s Note: A county list of all wild turkeys checked by hunters through Sunday, May 9, 2021 is shown below. Results from the south zone include 16 days of hunting, nine days in the northeast zone, and includes the youth hunting season. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest numbers for 2021, and the 2020 numbers through the corresponding season length are in parentheses. Harvest numbers below are raw data and subject to change.


Adams: 303 (346); Allen: 50 (67); Ashland: 120 (139); Ashtabula 241 (257); Athens: 263 (316); Auglaize: 20 (42); Belmont: 370 (433); Brown: 287 (351); Butler: 143 (188); Carroll: 244 (296); Champaign: 45 (85); Clark: 11 (13); Clermont: 202 (291); Clinton: 40 (75); Columbiana: 385 (320); Coshocton: 283 (354); Crawford: 25 (42); Cuyahoga 3 (3); Darke: 38 (53); Defiance: 129 (200); Delaware: 71 (108); Erie: 34 (32); Fairfield: 68 (93); Fayette: 7 (15); Franklin: 15 (16); Fulton: 81 (99); Gallia: 292 (326); Geauga 102 (123); Greene: 12 (16); Guernsey: 333 (420); Hamilton: 62 (116); Hancock: 22 (37); Hardin: 59 (79); Harrison: 292 (363); Henry: 40 (50); Highland: 251 (338); Hocking: 191 (223); Holmes: 138 (194); Huron: 73 (95); Jackson: 241 (287); Jefferson: 339 (331); Knox: 214 (254); Lake 40 (43); Lawrence: 154 (199); Licking: 226 (249); Logan: 70 (100); Lorain: 84 (111); Lucas: 41 (41); Madison: 4 (7); Mahoning: 139 (152); Marion: 23 (42); Medina: 73 (96); Meigs: 372 (420); Mercer: 9 (25); Miami: 15 (23); Monroe: 359 (432); Montgomery: 18 (23); Morgan: 218 (258); Morrow: 83 (125); Muskingum: 327 (380); Noble: 280 (332); Ottawa: 1 (1); Paulding: 56 (62); Perry: 202 (226); Pickaway: 12 (28); Pike: 151 (149); Portage: 140 (202); Preble: 62 (99); Putnam: 32 (51); Richland: 167 (166); Ross: 215 (267); Sandusky: 23 (21); Scioto: 208 (239); Seneca: 94 (91); Shelby: 34 (36); Stark: 198 (222); Summit: 53 (54); Trumbull 190 (222); Tuscarawas: 348 (426); Union: 25 (34); Van Wert: 7 (16); Vinton: 198 (238); Warren: 55 (90); Washington: 325 (375); Wayne: 86 (99); Williams: 149 (157); Wood: 17 (25); Wyandot: 61 (75).


2021 total: 11,783

2020 total: (14,215)


For more information, contact:

Brian Plasters, Division of Wildlife

(614) 601-3836


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Ohio Wildlife Council Receives Migratory Bird Hunting Season Proposals


For Immediate Release

January 14, 2021

Ohio Wildlife Council Receives Migratory Bird Hunting Season Proposals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Proposed migratory bird hunting seasons that begin in the fall of 2021 were presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Jan. 13, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
It was proposed Wednesday to increase the combined number of Canada geese and white-fronted geese that may be harvested daily during the waterfowl hunting season. The proposal would allow five geese to be harvested per day during open seasons across all waterfowl hunting zones. A limit of one brant was not proposed to change. The current waterfowl hunting season allows a combined limit of three Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant.
A change from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows for this increase throughout the Mississippi Flyway, which includes Ohio and other Midwest states. During Ohio’s goose hunting season, Canada geese are most commonly harvested, while white-fronted geese and brant are less common. This change is designed to allow additional harvest of abundant, resident Canada geese, and is based on research that shows limited impact to the migratory subspecies. Hunter preference surveys support the increased bag limit.
A notable update that was also proposed Wednesday would permit active military and veterans to hunt alongside a youth hunter during the special youth, active military, and veterans waterfowl hunting weekend. Previously, a youth hunter was required to hunt with a nonhunting adult, and this proposed change will allow eligible participants to hunt together.
A complete list of proposed hunting season dates for 2021-2022 are available at Proposals for Ohio’s white-tailed deer, wild turkey, furbearers, and small game hunting seasons will be presented at the next Ohio Wildlife Council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all Ohio Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Council meetings are held virtually and open to the public. Individuals interested in providing comments are asked to call 614-265-6304 at least two days prior to the meeting to register. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.
A statewide hearing on all proposed rules will be held virtually on Wednesday, March 18, 2021 at 9 a.m.
The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit to find out more.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. The visit the ODNR website at


Migratory bird hunting season proposals can be found here.

For more information, contact:
Brian Plasters, Division of Wildlife
(614) 601-3836

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2020 Guernsey County SWCD Cooperator of the Year


2020 Guernsey County SWCD Cooperator of the Year

            A lot of things have been different this year, but one thing that has not been canceled is conservation. Conservation is something that needs to happen everyday no matter what is going on the world. The 2020 Cooperator of the year has been continually active in soil conservation and proactive in stopping soil erosion and preventing nitrogen and phosphorus run off. In the last 6 years Wilbur Galbraith has prevented an estimated 14,208 pounds of nitrogen and 2,592 pounds of phosphorus from finding its way into the Wills Creek Watershed. Wilbur has done so by participating and signing up for the Muskingum Watershed Conservation District’s Cover crop program. By planting a fall cover crop after harvesting his beans and corn. Wilbur provides a root system to help hold the soil in place during the fall rains, winter weather and wind. Without the root system the soil would soon find itself out of the field and possibly into the Wills Creek watershed.  Galbraith farms has been a staple to the northeastern end of the county for over 50 years. Wilbur and his family raise corn, soybeans, and have a cow- calf operation, with a feed lot where he finishes out fat steers. If you happen to see Wilbur out and about be sure to congratulate him on all the effort, he has put towards conservation in Guernsey County.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

2021 Tree Sale!

The 2021 Tree Sale seedling sale is here! Please print a copy of the sale flyer, fill out your order form and contact information, and mail back to us with payment. We will contact you with pick up dates for when your tree seedlings arrive. If you have any questions, please call the office at 740-489-5276. Order deadline is March 19th 2021.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Ohio NRCS Announces New EQIP Application Deadline


Michiko Riley

Public Affairs


Ohio NRCS Announces New EQIP Application Deadline

Application Deadline is January15, 2021

COLUMBUS, OH, Dec.7, 2020The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)announced Friday, January15, 2021, as the deadline to submit applications for Ohio’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 

EQIP is a voluntary conservation program which helps producers make conservation work for them. NRCS provides agricultural producers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement conservation practices, and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you.Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations. 

Financial assistance is now available in a variety of agricultural categories such as cropland, pasture operations, and organic.  Several special projects are also available which address water quality, forestry management, improving pollinator populations and wildlife habitat, pasture improvements and many more. 

Applicants should be farmers, or farm or forest landowners and meet eligibility criteria. To participate in USDA conservation programs, contactyourlocal NRCS conservationist as soon as possible.  Be sure to check the status of your Service Center when you reach out to us. For offices with restrictions on in-person appointments, we are still available by phone, email, and through other digital tools. Your Service Center’s status is available at



Applications signed and submitted to NRCS by the January 15 deadline will be evaluated for fiscal year 2021 funding. Visit Ohio NRCS website under “EQIP Funding Categories” for more details.To learn more about EQIP or other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCSor contact your local USDA Service Center at 1300 Clark St. Unit 10, Cambridge, OH 43725, or by phone at 740-421-3370.


Thursday, October 8, 2020

New Board of Supervisor Election Procedures & Candidates

 After much thought and deliberation, our staff along with our board of supervisors have made the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Meeting for the year 2020. In the past, in-person voting was held during the meeting. We will still be holding in-person voting, but instead it will be held at our office. 

The voting window will be open starting Saturday, October 17th to Monday, November 30th. During this time Guernsey County Residents may request an absentee ballot by phone, mail, electronically or in person during office hours, M-F. If the ballot information is incomplete or inaccurate, the vote will be considered invalid. 

The following candidates are up for election:

John Enos, Ken Ford, Arthur (Art) Tripp and Gary Lanoux. 

Please see our newsletter for more information about the candidates or stop by our office for a copy.


- Guernsey SWCD Staff 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Livestock Depredation Seminar

Having issues with losing livestock due to predators? Do you want to know some proactive steps to take to reduce your losses and improve your operation? This is a great seminar to get those questions answered. Eric Householder from USDA Wildlife Services will present with his years of experience dealing with this issue and how people can improve their operations. Experts from FSA will also be there to answer any questions regarding their indemnity program regarding animals lost due to Black Vultures. For more information and to register for this, please call the office at 740-489-5276.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

77th Annual Meeting and Election

The Guernsey SWCD will be hosting their annual meeting and election on Thursday October 24th from 6 PM until 8 PM. Voting for supervisors will begin at 6 PM until 7PM with dinner and a program to follow. Dinner will include a meal from Shirley Goodpaster. There will also be a presentation on NRCS' available programs and how they can help landowners. Cost for this event is $10 and tickets may be purchased ahead of time at the Guernsey SWCD office or from any Guernsey SWCD board member.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Supervisor Candidates

The Guernsey SWCD is seeking candidates to run for the board of supervisors. For more information please contact the district at 740-489-5276 or by email at

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

34th Annual Conservation Day Camp: BUGS R LIFE

Join us @ our 34th Annual Conservation Day Camp on Wednesday, July 31st & Thursday, August 1st from 9 a.m - 2 p.m. Registration deadline is Friday, July 19th by 4:30 p.m. The cost is $10 & is due with the registration form that is pictured below. Feel free to stop in and fill one out! Camp is for ages 8-11. Lunch will be provided both days. More details can be found in the camp brochure below.