2013-2014 hunting and trapping seasons:
archery: Sept. 28 - Feb. 2, 2014
Antlerless deer muzzleloader: Oct. 12-13
deer: Nov. 23-24
gun: Dec. 2-8
muzzleloader: Jan. 4-7, 2014
(gray, red and fox): Sept. 1 - Jan. 31, 2014
grouse: Oct. 12 - Jan. 31, 2014
wild turkey: Oct. 14 - Dec. 1
upland game: Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27
Cottontail rabbit: Nov. 1 -Feb. 28, 2014
Ring-necked pheasant: Nov. 1 - Jan. 5, 2014
quail: Nov. 1 - Dec. 1
raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel: Nov. 10 - Jan. 31,
muskrat: Nov. 10 - Feb. 28, 2014
muskrat, raccoon, opossum, skunk and weasel (Erie,
Ottawa and Sandusky counties, and Lucas County east of
the Maumee River):
Nov. 10 - March 15, 2014
Dec. 26 - Feb. 28, 2014
otter: Dec. 26 - Feb. 28, 2014
June 7 - March 8, 2014; June 6, 2014 - March 7, 2015
(Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
spring wild turkey: April 19-20, 2014
wild turkey: April 21, 2014 - May 18, 2014
and feral swine (wild boar): No closed season
Groundhog: Closed only during deer gun season
Deer bag limits are now determined by county.
Deer bag limits, by county:
One either-sex permit, one antlerless permit (eight
counties): Darke, Erie, Fayette, Hancock,
Madison, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood.
Two either-sex permits, one antlerless permit
Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Gallia,
Harrison, Henry, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence,
Logan, Meigs, Mercer, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry,
Preble, Ross, Shelby, Van Wert and Washington.
Three either-sex permits, one antlerless
permit (57 counties):
Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens,
Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana,
Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Delaware,
Fairfield, Franklin, Fulton, Geauga, Greene, Guernsey,
Hamilton, Hardin, Highland, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Lake,
Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Morgan,
Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Pickaway, Pike, Portage,
Putnam, Richland, Scioto, Seneca, Stark, Summit, Trumbull,
Tuscarawas, Union, Vinton, Warren, Wayne, Williams and
Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before
sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset for all deer seasons.
Antlerless permits will be valid until Dec. 1, the Sunday
before the deer-gun season.
Hunters may harvest only one buck in Ohio,
regardless of method of take or location. The statewide bag
limit is nine deer, but a hunter cannot exceed a county bag
limit. Additional controlled hunting opportunities do not
count against the statewide bag limit.
The antlerless deer muzzleloader season was
added in October. The December bonus gun weekend, the early
muzzleloader season at three public hunting areas (Salt Fork
Wildlife Area, Shawnee State Forest and Wildcat Hollow), and
urban hunting zones are discontinued.
The fall wild turkey season begins on Oct.
14, the Monday following the antlerless deer muzzleloader
season. Butler, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hamilton,
Huron, Seneca and Warren counties are added to the list of
counties open for fall turkey hunting.
Deer and fall turkey permits will go on sale
Cottontail rabbit hunting restrictions are
removed in the snowshoe hare protected area in Geauga and
Ashtabula counties. Remaining snowshoe hares are still
protected as a state-endangered species, and it remains
illegal to kill them in Ohio.
Season dates and bag limits for migratory
birds, including mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen,
snipe, woodcock and waterfowl will be set in August in
compliance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and
protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all.
Visit the ODNR website at