Ohio Hunting News

Ohio Pickerel Creek Will Hold Youth Muzzleloader Deer Hunts

Post card applications must be postmarked by December 8

A lottery card drawing will be held for youth muzzleloader deer hunts on January 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2012 in portions of the State Wildlife Refuge on the Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. 

Ohio's Popular Deer-Gun Season Opens November 28

Donation of extra venison - at no cost to the hunter - is encouraged for Ohioans in need.

Ohio's Youth Deer-Gun Hunting Season Set for November 19-20

Ohio's youth deer-gun hunting season will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The youth deer-gun season is open statewide to hunters 17 years old and younger. Plugged shotguns using slugs, muzzleloaders .38 caliber and larger, handguns .357 caliber or larger, and bows are legal. All participants must wear hunter orange, possess a valid Ohio hunting license and a $12 youth-deer permit, and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult in the field.

Hunting and Trapping Seasons for Ohio Furbearers Opens November 10

Ohio hunters and trappers preparing to pursue furbearers will find good populations of these animals during the 2011-2012 season. The season begins for most furbearing species on November 10, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

"Food sources and habitat conditions for furbearers remain good this year across Ohio," said Division of Wildlife biologist Suzie Prange. "Fur takers can expect another good season for most species."

Young Ohio Archers are Named World Champions

The Logan Hocking Middle School (Hocking County) archery team and Cody Bush of Philo Junior High School took first place at the third National Archery in the Schools (NASP) World Tournament held in Orlando, Florida October 6-8 according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

One thousand seventy-one student archers participated in the tournament with representatives from 28 states and the countries of Canada, South Africa, and New Zealand.

85% of Ohio's Deer Hunters Choose the Phone or Internet for Checking Game

Deer must be checked in by 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest

More than 24,000 white-tailed deer have been checked through Ohio’s new automated game check system, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Hunters must still report their deer harvest, but they are no longer required to take their deer to a check station for physical inspection. Instead, hunters have three options to complete the new automated game check:

Ohio Upland Game Hunting Season Begins November 4

The season for three of Ohio's most popular game species—ring-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit, and bobwhite quail—begins Friday, November 4, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
 
"The state's cottontail population has been very good for the last several years, and this year should provide some excellent opportunities for sportsmen," said Nathan Stricker, project leader with the division's Olentangy Wildlife Research Station. “Statewide, rabbit numbers have increased over last year.”
 

Ohio's Fall Wild Turkey Hunting Season Underway

Hunters harvested 362 wild turkeys during the first week of Ohio's fall wild turkey hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The fall wild turkey season opened on October 8 and will run through November 27. Hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. The bag limit is one turkey of either sex per hunter for the fall season. A fall turkey permit is required in addition to a current Ohio hunting license.

Ohio Hunters and Other Outdoors Enthusiasts Need to be Aware of New Pest

Blacklegged tick populations found in Ashtabula and Coshocton counties.

Two tick species of public health importance are becoming more common and expanding their range in Ohio – the blacklegged tick and the lone star tick, according to the Ohio Department of Health, Zoonotic Disease Program.

AEP, Ohio Division of Wildlife Cracking Down on Hunting Without Permission

American Electric Power (AEP) is a long-standing partner in the effort to provide hunters with more access to lands on which they can pursue their pastime. While approximately 90,000 acres of land are currently open to sportsmen and women, not all AEP properties are open to the public, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.