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Ohio Hunting Season 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Ohio hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Ohio Hunting Seasons

Ohio Hunting Season Dates

OH-IO! There are many avid hunters in the state of Ohio. The bordering Ohio River is a unique habitat that makes it the optimal home for a great variety of animals. There is a plenty of variety of with small, big game and birds.

Ohio Deer Season 2023

Archery: September 25, 2023 - February 6, 2024

Youth Hunt: November 20, 2023 - November 22, 2023

Firearms: November 29, 2023 - December 5, 2023 and December 18, 2023 - December 19, 2023

Muzzleloader: January 8, 2024 - January 11, 2024

Ohio Wild Turkey Season 2023

Fall General Season: October 9, 2023 - November 28, 2024

Spring Youth Hunt: April 9, 2024- April 10, 2024

Spring General Season (Northeast Zone): April 30, 2024 - May 29, 2024

Spring General Season (South Zone): April 23, 2024 - May 22, 2024

Ohio Small Game Seasons 2023

Crow: June 4, 2023 - March 5, 2024

Squirrel: September 1, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Ruffed Grouse (Public Land): October 9, 2023 - November 28, 2023

Ruffed Grouse (Private Land): October 9, 2023 - January 1, 2024

Cottontail Rabbit: November 5, 2023 - February 28, 2024

Ring-necked Pheasant: November 5, 2023 - January 9, 2024

Chukar: November 5, 2023 - January 9, 2024

Bobwhite Quail: November 5, 2023 - November 28, 2023

Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel, Fox: November 10, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Ohio Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of Ohio's hunting zones:

Ohio Bag Limits 2023

There is a bag limit of 6 deer but you can't exceed county limits.

Ohio Hunting License 2023

Purchase a license at

Resident lifetime$480.00N/A
Resident lifetime - 10 years$180.44
Nonresident 3 day hunting license$40.56
Either Sex - Deer Permits$31.20$76.96
Deer Management$15.00$15.00
Fall Turkey$31.20$38.48
Spring Turkey$31.20$38.48
Shooting Range$24.00$24.00

Ohio Hunting Regulations 2023

All hunters (bow hunters too) must wear orange.

In Ohio the Department of Natural resources determines the state's hunting dates, but generally spring turkey runs from late April through late May, in the South zone. In North East the season runs through most of May, Full hunting season runs from mid- October, through late November.

The 2024 Turkey spring season opens on a Saturday instead of a Monday, the south zone opens Saturday April 23rd, 2024. The northeast opens Saturday April 30th, 2024- There will be no quail hunting on public land with the exception of the Tri valley wildlife area in the Crown city wildlife area.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

How much is a hunting license in Ohio?

If you're a resident of Ohio, an annual hunting license will set you back $19.

When is hunting season in Ohio?

Ohio's deer season opens September 25, 2023 for archery and goes as late as February 6, 2024.

Can you hunt in Ohio on Sunday?

Yes, hunting on Sundays in allowed in Ohio.

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