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Pheasant Releases

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife will be releasing ring-necked pheasants this fall at 24 of Ohio’s public hunting areas. More than 14,000 pheasants are scheduled to be released to provide additional hunting opportunities across the state.

“Releasing pheasants provides an opportunity for Ohio hunters to continue a rich tradition,” said Kendra Wecker, Chief of the Division of Wildlife. “Ohio has a dedicated base of pheasant hunters and we appreciate their support and contributions to wildlife conservation efforts here in Ohio. I encourage all hunters to ask a friend to tag along this season and experience a great time outdoors.”

However, once again there will be no local release of pheasants as the state has determined stocking birds at the Shreve Wildlife Area is not a good use of Division of Wildlife funds. The closest area release site is Spencer Wildlife Area in Medina County, where 440 pheasants will be released over five separate stockings (Oct. 19 and 26 for youth hunts, and Nov. 1, 9 and 28).

An Ohio apprentice hunting license is available to people who want to try hunting and must be accompanied by a licensed hunter who is at least 21 years old. The apprentice hunting license is a great way to introduce someone to hunting and provide a positive experience in the field.

The Division of Wildlife will release pheasants prior to the small-game weekends for youth hunters. Youth ages 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27.

Ohio’s small game hunting season begins on Friday, Nov. 1. Pheasants will be released for opening day, and prior to the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends.