Experience the thrill and tradition of this great sport. The Ohio Division of Wildlife offers everything you need to know to get started.
Ask any hunter this question, and you’ll get a different answer every time. We do it to bond with our family and friends. We do it for the intensity of the pursuit. We do it to feel closer to past generations. And we do it because when it’s on, there’s nothing like it in the world.
Hunting gets you out of your home or office and into the wilderness. It bridges generations. Take away the GPS, the digital camo, and other modern gear, and you’ve got an experience remarkably like those of your grandfather’s father. These days, that’s hard to find.
A challenge like no other
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.
An important part of 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. Hunters care about the environment — we know that without proper conservation, our wild spaces could be lost.
A role in ecological balance
Ohio hunters play a critical role in the control of deer and other animal populations, which are carefully studied by the Division of Wildlife. The length of hunting seasons and other regulations are directly related to the need to thin or extend species numbers in the state. Without the help of Ohio hunters, uncontrolled deer populations could devastate crops and create hazards to drivers on roads and highways throughout the state, to name just a few risks.
Why hunt in Ohio?
That’s an easy one. Ohio offers dense woods, sweeping grassy plains, miles of wetlands – and healthy populations of deer, birds, and other game that live within them. Hunters love it here because they’re often so successful.