Ohio Wildlife Council Hears 2010-11 Hunting Regulations Proposals

Ohio Wildlife Council Hears 2010-11 Hunting Regulations Proposals

Regulations on white-tailed deer to be heard at February 3 meeting

Ohio Department Natural Resources
Ohio Department Natural Resources

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio sportsmen may notice a few changes in next year’s hunting and trapping regulations, based on proposals presented January 6 to the Ohio Wildlife Council by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

September 1 is again proposed as the kick-off date for the state’s fall hunting seasons–with the opening of squirrel and dove hunting. Other proposed hunting and trapping rules and season dates will be similar to those now in effect, with only slight changes to fall and spring hunting dates.

Young hunters age 17 and under should again be able to hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, October 16 -17 and 23 – 24. Spring youth turkey season is proposed for April 16 – 17, 2011.

The remainder of the proposals concerning Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunting will be heard during a separate Wildlife Council meeting on February 3.

A statewide hearing on all the proposed rules will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 4 at the wildlife division’s District One Office, located at 1500 Dublin Road in Columbus.

Open houses will be held on Saturday, March 6 in each of the state’s five wildlife districts to provide the public an opportunity to view and discuss proposed hunting and trapping regulations with state wildlife officials. Directions to the open houses can be obtained by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE or visiting wildohio.com on the Internet.

After considering public input, the Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its April 7 meeting.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The proposed hunting and trapping seasons table is included. Those species in the table identified with an * are subject to federal guidelines that will not be available until the summer of 2010. The dates and bag limits listed should be considered the most likely option, but not a final proposal.


Species Opening date Closing date Bag Limit
Squirrel September 1 January 31

6 daily

Mourning dove * September 1 * To Be Announced

15 daily *

Ruffed grouse October 9 January 31

2 daily

American woodcock * October 9 * November 22 *

3 daily *

Wild turkey

fall season

October 9 November 28


Youth upland season for cottontail rabbit, ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail

October 16 and 17 and

October 23 and 24

Cottontail rabbit November 5 February 28

4 daily

Ring-necked pheasant, Chukar November 5 January 9

2 daily

Bobwhite quail November 5 November 28

4 daily

Fox, raccoon, skunk

opossum, weasel hunting & trapping

November 10 January 31
Mink & muskrat trapping November 10 February 28
Lake Erie Marsh area – mink, muskrat, skunk, raccoon, opossum, & weasel trapping November 10 March 15
Beaver trapping December 26 February 28
River otter trapping December 26 February 28

1 in Zone B

3 in Zone C

Wild turkey

youth season

April 16 and 17, 2011

Wild turkey

spring season

April 18, 2011 May 15, 2011


Crow – Fri, Sat, Sun only June 4, 2010

June 3, 2011

March 13, 2011

March 12, 2012


No Closed Season


No Closed Season

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 www.ohiodnr.com.