Ohio’s 2016 Fall Hunting Seasons Just Around the Corner


COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio hunters are invited to enjoy early waterfowl seasons for Canada goose and teal that begin on Saturday, Sept. 3, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Hunters are reminded to check regulations for changes to rules, season dates and bag limits as the 2016 fall seasons begin. A summary of Ohio’s hunting and trapping regulations is available where licenses are sold, at ODNR Division of Wildlife offices and at wildohio.gov.

This year, squirrel, dove, rail, snipe and gallinule seasons open up the 2016 fall hunting season, which all begin Thursday, Sept. 1. Doves may be hunted sunrise to sunset, except for areas posted otherwise, from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 6. The daily bag limit is 15 doves, with a possession limit of 45 after the second day.

One notable change this year includes a modification to the opening date of the early waterfowl seasons. The early Canada goose and teal seasons begin Saturday, Sept. 3. Canada geese may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 3-11 with a daily bag limit of five birds. Teal may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 3-18 with a daily bag limit of six birds. Possession limits after the second day for both teal and Canada geese are three times the daily bag limits.

Ohio’s popular archery season for deer begins later in the month on Saturday, Sept. 24, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Bag limits are determined by county. The statewide bag limit is six deer, and only one deer may be antlered regardless of location or method of take. Deer bag limits are determined by county, and hunters cannot exceed a county bag limit. Additional details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2016-2017 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife is responsible for protecting and managing Ohio’s fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of all Ohioans.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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