Ohio Hunting News

Ohio Deer and Turkey Hunters Have a New Process for Reporting Harvests

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

While successful deer and turkey hunters must still report their harvests, they are no longer required to take their game to a check station for physical inspection and tagging, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

Pheasants to be Released at 28 Public Hunting Areas Statewide in Ohio

Statewide season begins November 4; October dates set for Youth Hunting only.

More than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released on 28 public hunting areas across the state this fall as part of a seasonal effort by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife to enhance hunting opportunities for this popular game bird.

Ohio's Fall Turkey Hunting Season Opens October 8

Fall wild turkey hunting opens in 48 Ohio counties on Saturday, October 8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The season continues through Sunday, November 27.

Changes to Public Hunting Access in Southeast Ohio

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.

Controlled Trapping Opportunities for Beaver and River Otter on Publicly Managed Lands in Ohio

Application period will be open from September 15 through October 15.

Beaver and river otter trapping on public land will still require a special permit. Similar to last year, controlled beaver and/or river otter trapping opportunities on 86 wildlife areas, state parks, and other publicly managed lands statewide will be awarded through a system of random drawings. However, applications and fees will not be accepted online this year.

Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo to Receive Grizzly Bear Cubs from Wyoming

Two Cody area grizzly bear cubs are on a journey to the Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The male and female cubs of the year, were orphaned after their mother was euthanized when she became a chronic problem bear to residents living in the Lower South Fork Shoshone River valley. 

Ohio Offers Special Archery Hunts on 9 Nature Preserves

In a continuing effort to protect native plant communities from the increasing population of white tailed deer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves has scheduled special archery deer hunts at nine state nature preserves across the state.

Ohio Wildlife Officer Charged With Lacey Act Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today obtained a four-count indictment from a federal grand jury in Cincinnati charging Allan Wright, a state wildlife officer in southwest Ohio, with trafficking in and making false records for illegally harvested white-tailed deer in violation of federal law.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and its Division of Wildlife willingly cooperated in the investigation, providing documents and other information as it was requested by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the DOJ.

Ohio Outfitter Pleads Guilty for False Accusations Against Officer

Logan County resident and owner of True Trophy Outfitters of Ohio, Aaron L. Shields, recently pleaded guilty on three state wildlife violations and one charge of falsification in the Bellefontaine Municipal Court, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Judge Orders Cleveland to Stop Enforcing Local Gun Laws

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan has ordered Cleveland to stop any enforcement of 19 separate local gun control ordinances, effective immediately.

Buckeye Firearms Foundation is the lead Plaintiff in the case, which was filed in early 2009.