Hunting

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

Deer Hunting

Ohio whitetail deer hunting is enjoyed by over 300,000 hunters each from late September to early February. It is a time-honored tradition among family and friends to hunt the fall woods of Ohio looking for deer.

WaterFowl

Waterfowl hunting includes ducks and geese and can be hunted from Lake Erie to the Ohio River and many places in between.

Small Game Hunting

Many young children have spent time in the woods with parents or grandparents learning the way of the woods hunting squirrels and rabbits on a fall day.
Experienced hunters take dogs to the woods looking for pheasant, grouse, and
quail.

Varmint hunting

New to some in Ohio to pursue varmints and old hat for others. Calling these crafty critters like coyotes or foxes in for a shot can be the ultimate hunting challenge.

Invasive Species

Wild boar has spread to 21 counties in Ohio and threatens domestic farm animals with diseases and negatively impacts the environment for native wildlife wherever they are found.

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

Equipment

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Hunter Education

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Hunting License

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Knowledge of the game you are hunting

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A plan for when you are leaving, check-in times, where everyone will be hunting, and when expected back.

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Hunting implement (bow, crossbow, shotgun, pistol, rifle)

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Legal hunting ammo for your hunting implement

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Clothes appropriate for weather and terrain

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First aid kit

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Communication device (radio or cell phone if you have coverage)

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Note: different types of hunting may require additional equipment and planning. i.e. duck hunting on the water or deer hunting in the snow.

2022-2023 Hunting Seasons Set

The 2022-2023 Hunting Season dates have been set with changes in turkey bag limits, deer back limits, and CWD surveillance zones To read the ODNR news release click on this link:...

2021/2022 Deer Hunting Season Results

The 2021/2022 Deer season results are in and it was the largest number of deer taken since 2013. Read the entire report here from the ODNR. https://ohiodnr.gov/discover-and-learn/safety-conservation/about-ODNR/news/2020-21-deer-season-concludes  

2021/2022 Muzzleloader Season Results

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio hunters completed the 2022 muzzleloader season with 12,141 deer checked from Saturday, Jan. 8 to Tuesday, Jan. 11, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the past three years, an average of 11,501...

Frequently Asked Questions

What events does ORPA put on each year for hunting?

Presently ORPA is assisting member clubs in putting on hunting activities. If you have an idea for a hunting activity, feel free to contact us.

How can I find a location for Hunter Education?

Hunter education locations can be found at WildOhio.com and you can complete it either completely online or in an in-person class

Do I need to complete Hunter Education to hunt in Ohio?

No, you can purchase an Apprentice License and hunt with another hunter. Hunter Education is highly recommended as it teaches you how to safely hunt in the woods.

Is there an age limit to hunt in Ohio?

No, but you must have a valid license and any necessary tags to hunt. Check out the Ohio DNR website for more information.

Does Ohio honor Hunter Education from another state?

Yes, it’s recommended to carry proof with you while you are hunting in case you are asked for it.

Do other states honor Ohio’s Hunter Education?

Yes, all 50 states and Canadian provinces honor Ohio’s Hunter Education. It is recommended to print you card and carry it with when you are outside of Ohio. 

Where can I find more information out about becoming an Ohio Hunter Education instructor?

Contact the Ohio DNR or check out WildOhio.com for scheduled classes.

Does Ohio have youth only hunting days?

Yes, check out the current Ohio Regulation booklet for times and locations.