Changes to Public Hunting Access in Southeast Ohio

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Hunters encouraged to check their locations before heading out.

Access to some popular public hunting lands in southeast Ohio has changed, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

April 14, 2011 marked the end of a five-year agreement between the Southern Ohio Scioto Land Company and the ODNR Division of Wildlife to provide hunters almost 40,000 acres of public access in southeast Ohio.

“During the last several years, the Department of Natural Resources actively acquired a large segment of those lands, most of which are now open to public hunting,” said Mark Hemming, district manager for Wildlife District 4 in southeast Ohio.

In 2007, the Division of Wildlife purchased 4,879 acres in Jackson and Ross counties. Broken ARO Wildlife Area in eastern Jackson County provides 3,007 acres of excellent habitat for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and other forest wildlife species. Coalton Wildlife Area in northern Jackson County provides 1,729 acres of good habitat for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and squirrels. Because of select timbering, the area should provide good ruffed grouse habitat in upcoming years. The 143-acre Kinnikinnik Wildlife Area on the northern edge of Ross County provides excellent fishing in the Scioto River as well as good hunting opportunities. Several species of spring wildflowers can be found on the area, and the corridor has excellent potential for observing bald eagles and other migratory bird species.

Additionally, ODNR finalized in 2010 the purchase of 15,494 acres in Vinton County, now known as the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest and the Vinton Furnace Wildlife Area. This land, formerly known as the Raccoon Ecological Management Area, remains permanently open for public hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife observation, and is managed in partnership by the divisions of Wildlife and Forestry.

Information on these and other wildlife areas can be found at or by calling the Wildlife District 4 Office in southeastern Ohio at 740-589-9930.

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at


Retired2hunt's picture

  So what has been purchased


So what has been purchased by the ODNR has not replaced the 40,000 acres it has lost - bottom line.  Yes, a large amount of property lost to Ohio hunters.  Not good.  A pick up of about 75% of the lost hunting area is good but not equitable... and it should have been picked up in addition to the origanl 40,000 acreas.  Wake up Ohio.  If they are asking too much for acreage reimbursement then publish it to ensure all of Ohio knows that Southern Ohio Scioto Land Company is trying to take advantage of the state and the hunters.  If this is not the case then we need to ensure discussions take place to resecure this land for Ohio hunters.


GooseHunter Jr's picture

Wow they are losing alot of

Wow they are losing alot of ground in s0ome areas and that could plan ahuge part of how some people get out into the woods.  While it is her say but I have heard that Ohio does not have alot of public ground so to be losing a 40,000 acre section is huge.  Atleast it does sound that they are trying to acquire some more land in other places.