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Upland Game Season

Discussion in 'Upland Game and Hunting Dogs' started by Big Daddy, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. Here it comes fellas. Shoot straight!!!


    COLUMBUS, OH -- For thousands of Ohio hunters, fall doesn’t really begin until the season opens on ring-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit and bobwhite quail, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

    "Sportsmen can expect good rabbit hunting opportunities this year especially in southwest, central and north central Ohio," said Scott Hull, project leader with the Olentangy Wildlife Research Station. "In addition, hunters can look forward to good hunting for pheasants, especially in northwest and central Ohio, and quail in the southwest region of the state."

    Rabbits, pheasants, and quail may be hunted from sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limits for all three species remain unchanged from the 2003 season at four rabbits, two pheasants (roosters only), and four quail per hunter.

    Cottontail rabbit hunting continues through February 28, 2005. Ring-necked pheasant hunting is open through January 2, 2005. Both seasons are closed only during the statewide 2004 deer-gun hunting season, November 29 through December 5.

    Hunters are reminded that snowshoe hares are not legal game in Ohio and may not be taken. Recently reintroduced to northeastern Ohio after nearly a century of absence, snowshoe hares are brown early in the season, resembling cottontail rabbits. To avoid confusion between cottontail rabbits and snowshoe hares, portions of Geauga and Ashtabula counties will be closed to all rabbit hunting from November 5 through December 6. The coats of most hares will have turned white by early December, allowing for proper distinction. The designated area is bordered by U.S. Route 6 to the north, U.S. Route 322 to the south, Kile Road to the west, and State Route 534 to the east.

    The ODNR Division of Wildlife releases pheasants on selected public hunting areas throughout the state on opening day of the pheasant season, the second and third Saturdays of the season, and Thanksgiving Day. Hunters may call 1-800-WILDLIFE for locations of specific release sites.

    Bobwhite quail hunting is limited to 16 counties in southern Ohio: Adams, Athens, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Jackson, Meigs, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, and Warren. The season continues through November 28.

    Additional hunting information is contained in the 2004-2005 Ohio Hunting Regulations brochure, which is available where hunting licenses are sold, on the Internet at or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE.