COLUMBUS Ohio's youth hunters now have several added opportunities to learn and practice their hunting skills this fall. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife is offering expanded ways for families to hunt together and to create lasting traditions in the state's outdoors.
SMALL GAME: Hunters age 17 and younger may hunt for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, Oct. 20 to 21 and Oct. 27 to 28 statewide. Quail may also be taken in open counties.
Pheasant releases for young hunters will occur prior to these dates on the following state wildlife areas: Resthaven, Oxbow, Berlin, Killdeer Plains, Camp Belden, Grand River, Spencer, Wellington, Delaware, Dillon, East Fork, Caesar Creek, Rush Run, Fallsville and Darke - and at the Charlemont Metropark in Lorain County.
WHITE-TAILED DEER: A youth deer-gun season will be open statewide, Nov. 17 to 18. Young hunters age 17 and younger who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult may take one deer of either sex during this season, in accordance with existing bag and deer zone limits.