Ohio Hunting Seasons Information and Regulations

*All information listed below is disclosed based on research we have conducted. We do our best to ensure that all information is up to date and accurate. However, rules and regulations are changing every day. Please make sure to verify your state-specific regulations prior to your hunt.

Hunting season is a popular time in Ohio, with hunting opportunities for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl and other game species. The hunting season usually begins at the end of September and runs through the end of December. During this time, hunters are allowed to hunt for certain species of animals by setting hunting stands or blinds and hunting from the ground. Depending on the species, hunting regulations may require hunters to wear blaze orange clothing for safety reasons. In addition, weapons such as firearms are required by law for hunting certain game species. For waterfowl hunting, decoys and duck calls are also used. Ohio’s hunting season is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to experience hunting and to test their hunting skills. It is also a great way to support wildlife conservation efforts by hunting responsibly and making sure that hunting regulations are followed. Ohio’s hunting season provides an exciting opportunity for hunters of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and experience hunting first-hand. So, if you’re looking for a unique outdoor experience during hunting season in Ohio, be sure to check local hunting regulations and get out into the field for an unforgettable experience.

Ohio Deer Seasons

Deer Archery SeasonSept. 24 – Feb. 5
Deer Youth Hunt SeasonNov. 19 – 20
Deer Firearm SeasonNov. 28 – Dec. 4
Dec. 17 – 18
Deer Muzzleloader SeasonJan. 7 – 10

*Dates for the season vary by zone. Visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website to learn more about specific season start and end dates in your area.

Ohio Wild Turkey Seasons

Wild Turkey Fall 2022 General SeasonOct. 8 – Nov. 13
Wild Turkey Spring 2023 Youth HuntApr. 15 – 16
Wild Turkey Spring 2023 General SeasonNortheast Zone: Apr. 29 – May 28
South Zone: Apr. 21 – May 21

*Make sure to check the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website to know more information.

The hunting hours for wild turkeys in the South Zone from May 1 to May 21, 2023 are from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. In the Northeast Zone, hunting hours for wild turkeys from April 29 to May 7, 2023 are from 30 minutes before sunrise until noon. However, from May 8 to May 28, 2023, hunting hours in the Northeast Zone for wild turkeys are from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.

Ohio Small Game Seasons

CrowJune 3 – March 5
SquirrelSept. 1 – Jan. 31
Ruffed GrousePublic Land: Oct. 8 – Nov. 27
Private Land: Oct. 8 – Jan. 1
Cottontail RabbitNov. 4 – Feb. 28
Ring-necked PheasantNov. 4 – Jan. 8
ChukarNov. 5 – Jan. 9
Bobwhite QuailNov. 4 – Nov. 27
Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel, FoxNov. 10 – Jan. 31

*Make sure to check the official site Ohio Department of Natural Resources website for the updated information.

Ohio Crossbow Regulations

Crossbow Specific Regulations: Expandable and mechanical broadheads are allowed for use in hunting with a crossbow, as long as the crossbow has a minimum draw weight of 75 pounds and the arrow tip has at least two cutting edges, which can be exposed or unexposed, and a minimum width of 3/4 inches.

Ohio Hunting License

Many states currently require individuals to complete a hunting education course before obtaining a hunting license. This is to ensure that hunters are aware of and comply with state laws and regulations. Depending on your age, you may need to have a Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally purchase a hunting license or permit. If you need more information, you can check the Ohio Hunting Laws and Regulations page.

If you want to check out the next state on our list, click here to see Oklahoma

Or, you can check out the last state on our list, North Dakota.

About Al Parsons

Al Parsons is originally from Alabama, but has had the pleasure of hunting all over the United States. Al is an expert on crossbow hunting, as well as traditional rifle hunting. His favorite time of year is the start of Archery Deer season in Alabama, so usually in October.