Pheasants to Be Released at 30 Public Hunting Areas

Pheasants to Be Released at 30 Public Hunting Areas Statewide

Ohio Department Natural Resources
Ohio Department Natural Resources

COLUMBUS, OH –-( More than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released on 30 public hunting areas across the state this fall, as part of a seasonal effort by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife to enhance hunting opportunities for this popular game bird.

Ring-necked pheasants will be released on the evenings (after shooting hours) of October 23 and 30 in anticipation of the weekends’ small-game season for youth hunters. Releases will also take place on the evenings of November 5 and 13.The final release of the fall is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, November 25 to increase pheasant hunting opportunities during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Two new areas not listed in the hunting regulations have been added to this year’s list of release sites: Tiffin River Wildlife Area in Fulton County and Ringneck Ridge in Sandusky County. Ringneck Ridge is owned and operated by the Sandusky County Park District and will require a free permit to hunt.

For more information regarding the issuance of these free hunting permits, contact the Sandusky County Park Office at 419-334-4495 or the Sandusky County Park District Ranger Office at 419-637-2900. These areas will provide larger, high quality areas for hunters to use.

This will be the last year for pheasant releases at Maumee State Forest and North Turkeyfoot State Park. Both Maumee State Forest and North Turkeyfoot State Park have seen dramatic declines in the amount and quality of grassland habitat available for sportsman to use over the past decade.

Pheasant hunting season opens Friday, November 6 and remains open through January 10, 2010, with a daily bag limit of two rooster (male) birds. Statewide hunting hours are sunrise to sunset.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at

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Iam trying to find info about delaware gamelands. I would like to know info about: pheasant release-maps for fields, least pressured, the most stocked,and a map to get to these areas from Westerville,Oh. I have an inexperienced german shorthaired pointer so this info is vital to me. I would also like to know the total tally of pheasants shot since the release of birds from the october youth hunts to present. Supposed to have stocked (1150) birds since then. I think that licenced hunters should be able to access this info from the millions of dollars spent every year for… Read more »