Hunting

ORPA and ORPA-affiliated clubs offer a few different programs for both novices and experienced hunters.

Deer Hunting

Three-position, Four stages: slow fire standing or offhand, sitting rapid-fire, prone rapid-fire, and prone slow fire, in the following format: 200 yard Offhand, 200 yard Rapid Sitting, 300 yard Rapid Prone and 600 yard Slow Prone. 

Midrange

Mid Range matches are shot from 300-600 yards. The shooter will have a prep period, two slow fire sighters (unlimited at 300 yards), and 20 rounds for record in a 2 shooter block time of 50 minutes. 

Long Range

Long Range matches are shot at 800-1000 yards.  There will be a 2 shooter block time of 50 minutes for prep, fighters, and record shots. Long Range formats include: 3×1000, 2×1000, and 15 shots 800, 900, and 1000 yards

F-Class - T/R

F-T/R (target rifle) class, only rifles chambered for unmodified .223 Rem. or .308 Win. cases are permitted, along with a bipod and rear sandbag for support and a maximum total gun weight of 18.18 pounds.

F-Class - Open

F-Open rifles can be chambered for any cartridge up to .35 caliber, weigh no more than 22 pounds, have a maximum fore-end width of 3 inches, and can be shot using a front tripod rest and separate rear sandbag.

Overview

Ohioans enjoy a long history of hunting.  Whether that is spending time in a duck blind with your friends, taking your first whitetail deer on a crisp November morning, or enjoying spending time with your children and/or grandchildren as they enjoy the outdoors through hunting. ORPA wants to support our member clubs in their hunting activities as well as the goal of supporting the tradition of hunting through the three R’s.  Retain, Recruit, and Reactivate hunters in Ohio. The way we will do that is by reaching potential hunters through activities and education.
If your club is planning a hunting-related activity please let us know so we can help support it by spreading the word and potentially with volunteers.
If you are interested in Ohio Hunter Education check out courses available at www.WildOhio.com

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Benefits of Hunting

Harvest Your Own Natural Food
Hunting is a source of natural, free-range, and inexpensive food. Not to mention the meat is lean and healthy!

The Challenge
On a hunt, your senses are sharpened. Awareness of your surroundings is heightened. This is more than observing the environment – it’s active engagement. Hunting challenges the mind and the body. It demands skill, knowledge, and patience. 

Experiencing Nature
Hunting brings us closer to nature and understanding our natural environment.

Conservation
Hunting in the United States is highly regulated, which helps make it a safe, sustainable, and highly popular activity. The sale of hunting licenses, permits, and stamps provides much-needed funds to wildlife research and management programs. Ethical hunters care about the environment. Without proper conservation, our wild spaces could be lost.

Ecological Balance
The Division of Wildlife manages healthy animal populations by implementing regulations, which are directly related to the need to manage species’ numbers. Without hunters, the carrying capacity, or the number of animals that the habitat can support all year, may be unsustainable, which would lead to damage for the wildlife or the habitat.

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