DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF OHIO?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Ohio hunting licenses visit the Ohio DNR Wildlife Division website.
WHAT ARE THE OHIO TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer and turkey. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Hunters who harvest deer or turkey within the state of Ohio must create their own game tags to properly tag their taken game animal. The state recommends that hunters protect the tag by placing it in a plastic bag or waterproof pouch before and after being attached to the game animal.
The animal must be tagged immediately after being taken. The tag must be marked with the hunter’s name, date, time, and county where the game was taken. The deer or turkey permit must also be marked with the date, time, and county of the kill.
Once the animal has been properly tagged, it can be transported out of the hunting area.
Game Check Requirements
Hunters must also report their deer and turkey harvest using Ohio’s Game Check system. Hunter’s may report their harvest online, by phone or by visiting any authorized license sales agent.
To access the Game Check System online visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife website. To report by phone call 1-877-824-4864. Deer that have been harvested must be reported by noon the day after the animal was taken. Turkey must be reported by 11:30 pm on the day of the kill.