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Licenses & Permits

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Resident Adult

For Ohio residents age 18-65 at the time of purchase.

Youth

For residents and nonresidents 17 years old and younger at the time of purchase.

Nonresident

For nonresidents age 18 and older at the time of purchase.

Apprentice

For residents and nonresidents who are accompanied by a licensed hunter.

Reduced-Cost Senior

For Ohio residents age 66 and older born on or after January 1, 1938.

Free Senior

For Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937.

Licenses

Cost

Hunting

LICENSES

Resident Annual License $19
Youth Annual License: Resident and Nonresident $10
Nonresident Annual License $125
Resident Reduced-Cost Senior License $10
Resident Free Senior License: Ohio residents born on or before Dec. 31, 1937 Free
Nonresident (Tourist) 3-day License: Not valid for deer, turkey, or furbearers $40
Apprentice

LICENSES

Resident Annual License $19
Youth Annual License: Resident and Nonresident $10
Nonresident Annual License $125
Waterfowl

STAMPS

Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp: Resident and Nonresident $15
Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp: Resident Reduced-Cost Senior License $15
Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp: Resident Free Senior Free
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (Duck Stamp): Age 16 and older $25

Permits

Spring Turkey Permit

Cost

FALL Turkey Permit

Cost

Adult Permit: Resident & Nonresident $24 Adult Permit: Resident & Nonresident $24
Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident $12 Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident $12
Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident Only $12 Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident Only $12
Free Senior Permit: Resident Only FREE Free Senior Permit: Resident Only FREE
Antlerless Deer Permit

Cost

Either-Sex Deer Permit

Cost

Adult Permit: Resident & Nonresident $15 Adult Permit: Resident & Nonresident $24
Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident $15 Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident $12
Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident Only $15 Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident Only $12
Free Senior Permit: Resident Only FREE Free Senior Permit: Resident Only FREE
Fur Taker Permit

Cost

Apprentice Fur Taker Permit

Cost

Adult Permit: Resident & Nonresident $15 Adult Permit: Resident & Nonresident $15
Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident $8 Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident $8
Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident Only $8
Free Senior Permit: Resident Only FREE
Shooting Range Permit

Cost

Annual Permit: Resident & Nonresident $24
One-Day Permit: Resident & Nonresident $5

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

A permanent customer identification number will be assigned to all applicants of hunting or fishing licenses.

Every customer who applies for a license or permit is required to provide their Social Security Number (SSN). Federal Statute 42 requires the SSN of any individual to whom the state issues a recreational hunting or fishing license. Applicants who do not have an active SSN must affirm their status at the time of application. Applicants must also declare their residency and provide their full name, date of birth, gender, mailing address, height, weight, hair color, and eye color. Once provided and recorded in the licensing system, applicants will only be required to update their information on file if it changes.

OHIO RESIDENCY STATUS

An Ohio resident is a person who has resided in the state of Ohio for the past six consecutive months. All others are considered nonresidents and must purchase a nonresident license.

Duplicate Licenses & Permits

Lost, stolen, or destroyed licenses and permits may be re-issued at any license sales location or at wildohio.gov. Reprints are free at wildohio.gov and cost $4 at a license agent.

Electronic licenses

Licenses and permits can also be purchased on a mobile device. Hunters must carry their licenses and permits at all times while hunting, and must present their license upon request. Licenses can be displayed on a mobile device. However, deer and turkey permits are only valid when printed and carried by the hunter.

purchase a hunting license

Visit an authorized agent or wildohio.gov to purchase a license or permit. Authorized agents are located in every county in Ohio. Visit wildohio.gov or call 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543) to find an agent.

HUNTING LICENSES

Ohio’s license year begins March 1 and ends the last day of February. All costs include a $1.00 writing fee. All sales are final. No refunds.

All hunters, regardless of age, must carry a valid hunting license to hunt or trap game in Ohio. Hunting deer, turkey, waterfowl, or hunting or trapping of furbearers requires the hunter to possess an additional game-specific permit.

Licenses and permits purchased at retail outlets or at home will be printed on plain white paper. The paper can be trimmed and folded down. It is highly recommended to protect your licenses and permits from the elements. Customers must be present to purchase a license or permit.

INTERSTATE WILDLIFE

VIOLATOR COMPACT

Ohio is a member of the agreement between states that if a person loses their hunting, trapping, or fishing privileges in one of those states, they may lose those privileges in all of the member states. If you lose your right to hunt, trap, or fish in Ohio, it is your responsibility to check with any other state before you hunt, trap, or fish there to ensure you have not lost your privileges in that state as well.

Hunter and Trapper Education

All first-time hunting license buyers, except apprentice license buyers, must successfully complete a hunter education course before purchasing a hunting license. The hunting course is designed to instill a code of ethics and responsibility, as well as provide instruction on guns and how they work, types of ammunition, gun handling, field care of game, wildlife identification, wildlife management, hunting regulations, and other topics. Statistics show that hunter education has helped reduce the number of hunting related injuries and incidents.

Anyone applying for a hunting license is required to successfully complete a hunter education course. Applicants must do one of the following:

Present a previously held hunting license.

Present evidence of having successfully completed a hunter education course (from any state).

Attest he or she is 21 years of age or older and previously held a legal hunting license (from any state).

Obtain an apprentice license.

The trapper education course, taken after successful completion of a hunter education course, covers trap set making, trapping equipment, pelt preparation, furbearer life history, identification, and management. These courses provide an opportunity for adults to introduce a young person to hunting and trapping and to share the excitement that goes with it. To obtain a fur taker permit for trapping, applicants must do one of the following:

Present a previously held trapping license (from any state).

Attest he or she is 21 years of age or older and has held a previous trapping license (from any state).

Present evidence of having successfully completed a trapper education course.

Obtain an apprentice permit.

Apprentice License Program

Ohio residents and nonresidents may purchase an apprentice hunting license or apprentice fur taker permit without having taken a hunter or fur taker education course.

Apprentice hunting licenses and apprentice fur taker permits allow new hunters and trappers, both adults and youth, to sample the experience of hunting and trapping under the mentorship of a licensed adult prior to completing a hunter or trapper education course.

To hunt or trap, apprentice license and permit holders must be accompanied by a licensed hunter or trapper 21 years old or older. The licensed hunter may not accompany more than two apprentice license holders at the same time.

Accompany means to go along with another person while staying within a distance from the person that enables uninterrupted, unaided visual and auditory communications.

No one may purchase more than three apprentice hunting licenses (adult or youth) or apprentice fur taker permits in his or her lifetime.

Having previously held an apprentice license does not qualify the holder to purchase a regular hunting license or fur taker permit. To obtain a regular hunting license, a hunter education course must be successfully completed. To obtain a regular fur taker permit, a hunter education course and trapper education course must be successfully completed. Apprentice licenses and fur taker permits are available to both Ohio residents and nonresidents, youth and adults.

FREE HUNTING LICENSE ELIGIBILITY

Free licenses can be obtained from a license agent and must be carried while hunting. License applications are available at wildohio.gov or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543).

1. Ohio residents born on or before Dec. 31, 1937 will receive a free fishing license, hunting license, either-sex deer permit, antlerless deer permit, spring and fall turkey permits, Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, and fur taker permit. Ohio residents age 66 and older who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1938 are eligible for reduced-cost licenses and permits.

2. Ohio residents who are holders of a veteran’s license plate displaying the international wheelchair symbol must apply in writing for a free hunting license, fur taker permit, either-sex deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, and an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp endorsement. Applications must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

3. Permanently and totally disabled veterans who receive pension or compensation due to their service-related injuries and who are Ohio residents must apply in writing for a free hunting license, fur taker permit, either-sex deer permit, turkey permit, and Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp. Applications must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

4. Ohio residents who are former prisoners of war must apply in writing for a free hunting license, fur taker permit, and Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp. All other licenses and permits are required to be purchased. Applications must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

LICENSE EXEMPTIONS

Certain categories of persons are exempted from buying licenses, permits, and stamps.

1. Ohio resident landowners, spouses, and their children are not required to have a hunting license, fur taker permit, either-sex deer permit, antlerless deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, or Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp when hunting or trapping on land they own.

2. A nonresident landowner, and the spouse and children living with the landowner, may hunt on that property without a license, either-sex deer permit, antlerless deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, or fur taker permit if the nonresident’s home state allows residents of Ohio owning property in the nonresident’s home state, and the spouse and children living with the Ohio property owner, to hunt without a license, deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, wetlands habitat stamp, or fur taker permit.

3. A member of a limited liability company or partnership is a landowner provided the member is an Ohio resident and the limited liability company or limited liability partnership consists of three or fewer individual members or partners, or the beneficiary or trustee of a trust that has three or fewer trustees or beneficiaries.

4. Tenants and their children on land on which they reside and from which they derive the majority (more than 50 percent) of their income from agricultural production on that land are not required to have a hunting license, fur taker permit, either-sex deer permit, antlerless deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, or Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp when they are hunting or trapping on land where they reside.

5. Ohio resident landowners’ grandchildren who are under 18 years of age are not required to have a hunting license or an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp while hunting on their grandparents’ land. All other licenses and permits are required.

6. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty while on leave or furlough are not required to purchase a hunting license, Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, or fur taker permit. All other licenses and permits are required.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Ohio, but NOT on leave or furlough are required to purchase a resident Ohio hunting license and other applicable permits before hunting deer, turkey, or hunting and trapping furbearers, and an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp for hunting waterfowl.