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ODNR to release ring-necked pheasants at 25 locations for upcoming hunting season

Posted at 2:58 PM, Oct 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-14 14:58:00-04

CLEVELAND — Beginning Oct. 23 through the start of November, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will release ring-necked pheasants at 25 public hunting areas, providing hunters with multiple opportunities to pursue the special game bird.

More than 14,000 ring-necked pheasants are scheduled to be released in Ohio, starting with the first youth weekend on Oct. 23-24.

Other scheduled release dates include:

  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31 (second youth weekend).
  • Friday, Nov. 5 (opening day).
  • Saturday, Nov. 13
  • Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Day)

The releases will take place in the following locations:

  • Central Ohio: Delaware Wildlife Area.
  • Northwest Ohio: Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area; Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area; Resthaven Wildlife Area; Ringneck Ridge Wildlife Area (by permit only, find additional information from the Sandusky County Park District []); Tiffin River Wildlife Area; and Wyandot Wildlife Area (no youth releases).
  • Northeast Ohio: Camp Belden Wildlife Area; Charlemont Metro Park; Berlin Wildlife Area; Grand River Wildlife Area; Highlandtown Wildlife Area (no youth releases); Spencer Wildlife Area; West Branch Wildlife Area (no youth releases); and Zepernick Wildlife Area (no youth releases).
  • Southeast Ohio: Appalachian Hills Wildlife Area; Pleasant Valley Wildlife Area (no youth releases); Salt Fork Wildlife Area (no youth releases); and Tri-Valley Wildlife Area.
  • Southwest Ohio: Caesar Creek Wildlife Area; Darke Wildlife Area; Fallsville Wildlife Area (no releases for Oct. 23-24 or Nov. 13); Indian Creek Wildlife Area (no youth releases); Rush Run Wildlife Area; and Spring Valley Wildlife Area.

A valid Ohio hunting license is required to hunt pheasant and other game birds.
Ohio’s pheasant hunting season opens Friday, Nov. 5 to Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, with a daily harvest limit of two birds (males only). No hens are allowed to be harvested.

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