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Hunting Regulations Icon Ohio Hunting

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White-tailed

Deer

HUNTING

Deer Archery Sept. 30, 2017 Feb. 4, 2018 7
Deer Youth Gun Nov. 18, 2017 Nov. 19, 2017 7
Deer Gun Nov. 27, 2017 Dec. 3, 2017 7
Dec. 16, 2017 Dec. 17, 2017
Deer Muzzleloader Jan. 6, 2018 Jan. 9, 2018 7
Wild Turkey

HUNTING

Fall Turkey: Select counties Oct. 14, 2017 Nov. 26, 2017 14
Youth Spring Turkey April 21, 2018 April 22, 2018 14
Spring Turkey: South Zone

(except for Lake La Su An)

April 23, 2018 May 20, 2018 14
Spring Turkey: Northeast Zone April 30, 2018 May 27, 2018 14
Small Game

& Furbearer

HUNTING

American Crow (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only) June 2, 2017 March 3, 2018 24
June 1, 2018 March 2, 2019
Squirrel (red, gray, black, and fox) Sept. 1, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018 24
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 14, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018 24
Cottontail Rabbit Nov. 3, 2017 Feb. 28, 2018 24
Ring-necked Pheasant Nov. 3, 2017 Jan. 14, 2018 24
Chukar Nov. 3, 2017 Jan. 14, 2018 24
Bobwhite Quail: Select counties Nov. 3, 2017 Nov. 26, 2017 24
Fox (red and gray), Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, and Weasel Nov. 10, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018 24
Coyote No closed season 24
Feral Swine (wild boar) No closed season 24
Groundhog Closed during deer gun season only 24

Youth Small Game

Oct. 21, 2017

Oct. 22, 2017

24

Oct. 28, 2017

Oct. 29, 2017

Furbearer

TRAPPING

Fox (red and gray), Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, and Weasel Nov. 10, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018 26
Mink, Muskrat Nov. 10, 2017 Feb. 28, 2018 26
Mink, Muskrat, Raccoon, Opossum, Skunk, Weasel: Select counties Nov. 10, 2017 March 15, 2018 26
Beaver Dec. 26, 2017 Feb. 28, 2018 26
River Otter: Select counties Dec. 26, 2017 Feb. 28, 2018 26
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Early

Waterfowl

HUNTING

Canada Geese Sept. 2, 2017
Sept. 10, 2017
17
Teal (Blue-winged, Green-winged, and Cinnamon) Sept. 2, 2017 Sept. 17, 2017 17
Youth Waterfowl

HUNTING

Youth season Oct. 7, 2017 Oct. 8, 2017 16
Lake Erie

Marsh Zone Waterfowl

HUNTING

Geese (Canada, White-fronted, Snow, Blue, Ross’s), Brant Oct. 14, 2017 Oct. 29, 2017 16
Nov. 11, 2017 Dec. 24, 2017
Jan. 6, 2018 Feb. 10, 2018
Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers Oct. 14, 2017 Oct. 29, 2017 16
Nov. 11, 2017 Dec. 24, 2017
North Zone Waterfowl

HUNTING

Geese (Canada, White-fronted, Snow, Blue, Ross’s), Brant Oct. 21, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017 16
Nov. 18, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
Jan. 6, 2018 Feb. 10, 2018 *
Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers Oct. 21, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017 16
Nov. 18, 2017 Dec. 31, 2017
South Zone Waterfowl

HUNTING

Geese (Canada, White-fronted, Snow, Blue, Ross’s), Brant Oct. 21, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017 16
Nov. 23, 2017 Feb. 10, 2018
Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers Oct. 21, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017 16
Dec. 16, 2017 Jan. 28, 2018
Migratory Bird

HUNTING

Dove

(Mourning and Eurasian-collared)

Sept. 1, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017 17
Dec. 16, 2017 Jan. 8, 2018
Rail (Virginia, Sora) Sept. 1, 2017 Nov. 9, 2017 17
Common Moorhen (Gallinule) Sept. 1, 2017 Nov. 9, 2017 17
Common Snipe Sept. 1, 2017 Nov. 26, 2017 17
Dec. 16, 2017 Jan. 4, 2018
American Woodcock Oct. 13, 2017 Nov. 26, 2017 17

Waterfowl and migratory bird hunting regulations

A recent change in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s process allows the proposal of waterfowl regulations to the Ohio Wildlife Council in January. The Ohio Wildlife Council approved the 2017-2018 hunting seasons in April 2017.

* Goose hunting closes Jan. 28, 2018 at Pymatuning Lake.

 

Hunter Orange Required

Hunting any wild animal (except waterfowl) from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset during the youth deer gun season, deer gun season, and the deer muzzleloader season is unlawful unless the hunter is visibly wearing a vest, coat, jacket, or coveralls that are either solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange. This requirement applies statewide on both public and private land.