Friday, October 23, 2015
ODNR to release pheasants for hunting
The ODNR Division of Wildlife will be releasing pheasants this Friday and Oct. 30, 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. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
Ohio’s small game hunting season begins Nov. 6, with pheasant releases to take place Nov. 5, and Nov. 13.
A final release of the year is scheduled to provide improved pheasant hunting opportunities throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and will take place Nov. 25.
A map showing release areas on the Tri-Valley Wildlife Area for the youth releases is available at: bit.ly/pheasantrelease.
Youth and regular pheasant hunting within the Ringneck Ridge Area in Sandusky County requires a free permit from the Sandusky County Park District.
For more information regarding the issuance of these free hunting permits, contact the Sandusky County Park District Office at 419-334-4495.
A table of scheduled release numbers and locations may be found at bit.ly/pheasantlocations.
Pheasant hunting season opens Nov. 6 and remains open through Jan. 10, with a daily bag limit of two rooster (male) birds.
No hens (females) can be killed.
Females are all brown while the males have a green head, a red and brown body and long tail feathers.
Statewide pheasant hunting hours are sunrise to sunset.