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

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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.

Youth-only hunts will be held October 22, 23, 29 and 30 prior to the statewide season, which kicks off on November 4.

Ring-necked pheasants will be released after shooting hours on the evenings of Friday, October 21 and Friday, October 28 in anticipation of the weekends' small-game season for youth hunters. Hunters age 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, October 22-23 and October 29-30.

Ohio's small game hunting season begins on November 4, with pheasant releases to take place on the evenings of Friday, November 3 and Thursday, November 10. Hunters should take note that no pheasants will be released on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day. The final release of the fall is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, November 23 to increase pheasant hunting opportunities during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Hunting the Ringneck Ridge Area in Sandusky County, for both the youth and regular pheasant hunting seasons, requires a free permit from the Sandusky County Park District. For more information regarding the issuance of these free hunting permits, contact the Sandusky County Park Office at 419-334-4495 or the Sandusky County Park District Ranger Office at 419-637-2900. 

Pheasant hunting season opens Friday, November 4 and remains open through January 8, 2012, with a daily bag limit of two rooster (male) birds. Statewide hunting hours are sunrise to sunset.

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


Retired2hunt's picture

  This is a great program for


This is a great program for the youth of Ohio and the people responsible for getting them to participate.  I participated in this youth pheasant hunt 34 and 35 years ago - yes it was in place that long ago!  Fantastic opportunity for a Dad or Mom to get their son or daughter into the field and harvest some birds!  Definitely a great opportunity and I applaud Ohio and all other states that offer this advanced season for pheasants and all other species for theirr youth hunters!


numbnutz's picture

This is a very nice thing

This is a very nice thing they are doing for the youth in Ohio and for the hunters in Ohio. Oregon has a very similair program. They will raise and release phesants on both public land and private land that will allow public access for bird hunting. In some cases they keep the pins on the landowners property and when the hatchlings are old enough they will release the birds just in time for hunting season. I read an article on the prgram and how the birds will for the most part stay with a couple hundered yards for where they were released. I like to see and read how state make youth hunting better for the kids and give them every possible advantage to be successful.  Good job to Ohio for this program and to the other states who are making a differencee in youth hunting oppertunities.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

It's great to see them doing

It's great to see them doing this for the hunters in Ohio, and especially the youth.  We have a similar program out here in California.  They have hunts at a local ranch where they plant birds.  They do 4 or 5 of these hunts each year, and it's either a youth hunt, a women's hunt, or a family hunt.  It gives the kids and family a chance to get out and be introduced to hunting without the pressure of all the other hunters on opening day.

And, as a benefit, at the end of the day, they have a "clean-up" hunt for the general public, to go out and see if they can pick off the stragglers. I got my first pheasant that way a few years ago.

Looks like the hunters in Ohio have a nice, 2 month season to go out and bag a few roosters.  Plus, I like the sounds of the "free" permit, that's always good.