What Areas Are Available for Public Hunting in Ohio?

The Ohio Division of Natural Resources: Division of Wildlife maintains a list of public hunting areas on the ODNR Division of Wildlife website, located at Wildlife.OhioDNR.gov. The website also provides a detailed map, driving directions, GPS coordinates, a physical description and prevalent game for each wildlife area.

Hunting and trapping are allowed on many tracts of state forest land and on some American Electric Power land. The AEP public hunting areas cover more than 75,000 acres, including the Avondale, Conesville and ReCreation lands.

Hunters and trappers must adhere to all current rules and regulations while hunting or trapping game on either public or private land in Ohio. Special rules apply to each different category of game, including deer, turkey, small game, wild boar, beaver, otter and waterfowl. Hunting season dates, bag limits and possession limits vary by species, weapon and county. Landowners may give sportsmen permission to hunt, trap or fish on private property, provided they complete and sign the required form.

Hunters and trappers can find a list of public shooting ranges, print required forms, purchase licenses and permits, check games and read current rules and regulations on the ODNR Division of Wildlife website. ODNR also publishes historical data, links to hunting associations and wildlife preservation tips.