Ohio Hunting Seasons 2023-2024

Ohio is one of the best places to hunt White- tailed deer, Turkeys and Furbearers. But before hunting you must be aware of Ohio hunting seasons, rules, and regulations in advance.

This article is all about hunting season and dates in Ohio for the hunters. You can check out the details mentioned below or visit the official website (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) for more information.

Let’s begin..

Ohio White-Tailed Deer Season

The White- tailed deer found in a very few states and Ohio is one of them. You can hunt White- tailed deer in this special State by following hunting rules and regulations declared by Department.

ArcherySept. 30, 2023Feb. 4, 2024Only one may be antlered. Statewide limit is six deer. Hunters may combine individual county harvests to reach
Youth GunNov. 18, 2023Nov. 19, 2023
GunNov. 27, 2023 Dec. 16, 2023Dec. 3, 2023 Dec. 17, 2023
MuzzleloaderJan. 6, 2024Jan. 9, 2024
DSA ArcherySept. 9, 2023Feb. 4, 2024  DSA Counties: Hardin, Marion, and Wyandot.
DSA Early GunOct. 7, 2023Oct. 9, 2023

Ohio Wild Turkey Seasons

Ohio is also very popular for wild turkeys and hunters like this season to hunt wild Turkeys. The seasons and dates for hunting Turkeys in Ohio are given below. Visit the official website to know more about it.

Fall Wild Turkey: Select CountiesOct. 14, 2023Nov. 12, 20231 (either sex)
Spring Wild TurkeyTo be announced

Ohio Small Game Seasons

Ohio small game seasons allows Hunting Coyotes, Ground Hog, Feral Swine, Squirrel, Cottontail Rabbit, Fox, Raccoon, and many more. Knowing the hunting seasons, dates, and daily limit for Small game is important. The Small game Seasons in Ohio is also called Furbearer Seasons.

Ohio Furbearer Seasons

Ohio Furbearer seasons and dates are given below, please read it carefully. You can also visit Official website (Ohio Department of natural Resources) for more information.

Squirrel (red, gray, black, fox)Sept. 1, 2023Jan. 31, 20246
Ruffed GrouseTo be announced
Cottontail RabbitNov. 3, 2023Feb. 29, 20244
Ring-necked Pheasant and Chukar Partridge  Nov. 3, 2023  Jan. 14, 20242 (males only for pheasant)
Bobwhite Quail: Select counties and wildlife areas  Nov. 3, 2023  Nov. 26, 2023  2
Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, WeaselNov. 10, 2023Jan. 31, 2024No Limit
Crow: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday onlyJune 2, 2023March 3, 2024No Limit
CoyoteNo closed seasonNo Limit
Feral Swine (wild boar)No closed seasonNo Limit
GroundhogNo closed seasonNo Limit
  Youth Small GameOct. 21, 2023 Oct. 28, 2023Oct. 22, 2023 Oct. 29, 2023Same as the regular season

Furbearer Trapping Seasons

Knowing about trapping seasons and dates of Furbearer animals is also important. Please go through the table given below.

Fox, Raccoon, Opossum, Skunk, WeaselNov. 10, 2023Jan. 31, 2024No limit
Mink, MuskratNov. 10, 2023Feb. 29, 2024No limit
Mink, Muskrat, Raccoon, Opossum, Skunk, Weasel: Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, & Lucas counties east of Maumee River  Nov. 10, 2023  March 15, 2024  No limit
BeaverDec. 26, 2023Feb. 29, 2024No limit
River OtterDec. 26, 2023Feb. 29, 2024See page 29

Ohio Waterfowl & Migratory Bird Seasons

Ohio Migratory Bird seasons or Waterfowl seasons runs from September to December. The seasons and dates are mentioned below.

  Dove (Mourning and Eurasian collared)Sept. 1, 2023 Dec. 9, 2023Nov. 5, 2023 Jan. 1, 2024  15
EARLY: Canada GooseSept. 2, 2023Sept. 10, 20235
EARLY: Teal (Blue-winged, Green-winged, & Cinnamon)  Sept. 2, 2023  Sept. 17, 2023  6
Rail (Virginia, Sora)Sept. 1, 2023Nov. 9, 202325
Common GallinulesSept. 1, 2023Nov. 9, 202315
  Wilson’s SnipeSept. 1, 2023 Dec. 9, 2023Nov. 22, 2023 Jan. 1, 2024  8
American WoodcockOct. 13, 2023Nov. 26, 20233

Waterfowl Seasons Zone- wise

The Zone wise Waterfowl season is mentioned below, Please read the dates carefully.

Youth Waterfowl SeasonSept. 30, 2023Oct. 1, 2023Same as the regular season
Military Waterfowl SeasonSept. 30, 2023Oct. 1, 2023Same as the regular season
 Oct. 14, 2023Oct. 29, 2023Geese 5 combined: Canada goose, white-fronted goose, and no more than 1 brant. 10 combined: snow goose, blue goose, Ross’s goose.   Ducks The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, which may include no more than 4 mallards (only 2 hens), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 2 black ducks, or 1 mottled duck. One scaup during the first 15 days of the season; two scaup during the next 45 days.   Coots 5 mergansers (only 2 hooded), and 15 coots.
LAKE ERIE MARSH ZONE: GeeseNov. 4, 2023 Dec. 31, 2023Dec. 17, 2023 Feb. 4, 2024
LAKE ERIE MARSH ZONE: Ducks, Coots, & MergansersOct. 14, 2023 Nov. 4, 2023Oct. 29, 2023 Dec. 17, 2023
NORTH ZONE: GeeseOct. 21, 2023 Nov. 11, 2023Oct. 29, 2023 Feb. 5, 2024
NORTH ZONE: Ducks, Coots, & MergansersOct. 21, 2023 Nov. 11, 2023Oct. 29, 2023 Dec. 31, 2023
SOUTH ZONE: GeeseOct. 21, 2023 Nov. 18, 2023Oct. 29, 2023 Feb. 12, 2024
SOUTH ZONE: Ducks, Coots, & MergansersOct. 21, 2023 Dec. 9, 2023Oct. 29, 2023 Jan. 28, 2024

Final Remarks

If you are a hunter and want to hunt in Ohio, Please read the seasons and dates very carefully. The seasons and dates are the part of rules and regulations set by Ohio Department of natural Resources.

If you have any doubts related to rules, regulations, seasons, and dates, it is recommended to visit the Official Website (Ohio Department of natural Resources).

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