Ohio Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


Ohio’s hunting seasons feature a variety of game, including deer, turkey, wild boar and pheasant. Youth hunt days, archery, muzzleloader and regular firearms seasons are available, as well as some continuously open seasons.

Ohio offers a lottery for controlled hunts. Most selected individuals are able to receive two hunting licenses for personal or shared use.

Hunters can check-in bagged game online, as well as register for license lotteries, apply for new licenses and purchase memberships and other items. New hunters can find hunter education and course registration information online.

White-tailed Deer Seasons

Archery Sept. 30-Feb. 4
Youth Firearms Nov. 18-19
Firearms Nov. 27-Dec. 3
Dec. 16-17
Muzzleloader Jan. 6-9

Individual Ohio counties have bag limits; counties may have two, three or four deer limits. Be sure to visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for additional bagging information.

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey Oct. 8-Nov. 27*
Youth Spring Turkey Apr. 21-22
Spring Turkey, South Zone Apr. 23-May 6
Spring Turkey, Northeast Zone May 14-27

*Fall turkey hunting is only legal in some areas of Ohio. For more information about hunts in your area, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.

Small Game Seasons

American Crow June 2-Mar. 3
Squirrel Sept. 1-Jan. 31
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 14-Jan. 31
Cottontail Rabbit Nov. 3-Feb. 28
Ringneck Pheasant Nov. 3-Jan. 14
Chukar Nov. 3-Jan. 14
Bobwhite Quail Nov. 3-26*
Red and Grey Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel Nov. 10-Jan. 31
Coyote Open Season
Feral Swine Open Season
Groundhog Open season; closed for deer firearms season only

*Quail hunting is only legal in some areas of Ohio. For more information about hunts in your area, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.

Ohio hunting seasons and bagging totals often vary by region. For area and licensing information, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website. The website also provides maps for public hunting and trapping locations, as well as recipes for game bagged in the region.