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New hunter in Ohio asking where to hunt (public or private?)

Hello everyone:

This will be my 1st year out and I'm not sure how to find places to hunt. I know there is public land and there is private if you get in through hunt clubs. Is private always better? Is public unsafe having so many guns in an area? Which clubs are worth joining?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Big smile

mr_guglie

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New hunter in Ohio asking where to hunt (public or private?)

I have hunted a few public lands east and south east of Cleveland. Mostly for squirrel but they have been nice peices of land in most cases. I rarely see people even when hunting public land, I think the only time it might get a little crazy would be hunting during deer gun season. I usually hunt private land for deer.

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ok. Thanks for the reply. It is deer that I'm going out for though. That was my guess too that deer season might get a little crazy. I'm doing my best to talk to people at the local gun shops trying to make a connection for hunting private property. Good luck if you're going out this season .

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New hunter in Ohio asking where to hunt (public or private?)

mr_guglie,
Of course, I'm biased, but if you could make it down to SE Ohio for hunting some good public lands, I would suggest it. Wayne Nat. Forest is a hotbed for good deer. Don't get me wrong, ya'll up north have got some great deer and some great land too, but, again, i'm partial to my redneck roots down here. Anyhow, wherever you end up this year, best of luck!

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New hunter in Ohio asking where to hunt (public or private?)

Buckeyehuntr:

I'm willing to go just about anywhere in Ohio. I will look up Wayne Nat. Forest on the map and consider it. Is the entire forest legal hunting grounds? Big thanks on the info.

mr_guglie

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Hey, no problem on the information. Wayne National Forest is a huge area, so, a lot of it is privately owned, and there are some other limitations. But the number for the Wayne National Forest headquarters is (740) 753-0101. They'll have any info you need, and I know you can get maps there to help. Another area to look at if you plan on making a trip down here is Zaleski State Forest, which is Ohio's biggest state owned forest.. Both are amazing (Wayne Nat. Forest ranked 2nd in the nation by Field and Stream for public turkey hunting land) for turkey hunting! The number for Zaleski is (740) 596-5781! Good luck with all that! If you need more info, the Ohio DNR site should have a lot of the info, but if ya can't find something, let me know...maybe I can find the answer through the grapevine. God bless!

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Wow, Is it Christmas already:-)) You're a huge help! Finding a place to hunt has been especially important to me because my stepbrother is coming in from PA to take me out hunting (since it's my first time.) And as I'm sure you already know out-of-state hunters pay some $$ for a license. I don't feel as much pressure now. You're quite a chum. Thanks again and good luck this season if you get out.

Mark
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New hunter in Ohio asking where to hunt (public or private?)

Hello Mr. Guglie from a fellow Buckeye,
I am from Northwest Ohio, just outside Toledo.
We have the Maumee State Forest over here. It is planted pines mixed with tracks of brush and oaks... (catered especially for deer) Great place to bow hunt, very little pressure, but gun hunting gets just a bit crowded. Not too bad though. My advice to you, though, is to get online (Ohio DNR), grab some hunter permission slips and go for a nice saturday or sunday drive and ask your local rural landowners for permission to hunt. You would be surprized how many will let you hunt when you introduce yourself and ask for permission in advance. Be aware, also, that it's single ball or slug, shotgun only.

Good Luck,
Faybian

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faybian:

Thanks. Great advice. I'm very impressed with the helpfulness and friendliness of hunters. As I mentioned before, I am new to this and everyone is helping me get off to a great start. I have been thinking about knocking on doors. I just wasn't confident that anyone would give permission. But I will give it a go. Thanks again. And by the sounds of it, I think I should learn to shoot a bow. Seems like common advice for a season with less pressure on the deer. Good luck!

mr_guglie

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New hunter in Ohio asking where to hunt (public or private?)

You guys have been giving some great advice, thank you so much!!!!

I am in the same boat that Mr. Guglie is, except it will be my father and myself hunting together & we will be coming from North Carolina. We have never been to the area, but we both love whitetail hunting. What is the best way to find permission to hunt - checking local country stores or just going up to farmers houses? Also - is there a form that is required to hunt on private land?
Or do you suggest just going to public lands?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Hello Jeb,
It's good to see some out of state hunters coming to Ohio for the Whitetail hunt.

As far as going to country stores I don't believe they can help you out at all. As for hunting on private land you will need written permission, I think the Ohio DNR website has forms you can present to private landowners for hunting private property. It might be difficult (time consuming) for you to find the right land (good for deer), with a landowner wiling to allow hunting, and then hunt all in the same trip.

I would suggest being prepared to hunt public land and then if you see some good private land have the forms ready to ask permission.

I assume you'll be hunting southern Ohio and I haven't hunted the southern part of the state but I'm sure others can give you info about public land down there. Check this thread.

Be sure to check out the Ohio DNR website for rules and regulations as well as the forms.

good luck and have fun,
Faybian

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