Licenses & Fees

Hunting in Ohio is governed by a set of laws and regulations, both state and federal, to ensure the safety of hunters and the preservation of wildlife populations. Here are some important points to understand about licenses and fees:

  • Ohio hunting laws are summarized here, but the complete and up-to-date regulations can be found in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

  • These laws are subject to change, so it is the responsibility of every hunter to stay informed about the most current regulations when engaging in hunting activities.

  • In addition to complying with state laws, hunters may also need to adhere to federal regulations, especially when hunting migratory game birds.

  • It's essential to obtain the necessary hunting licenses and permits, including any endorsements or stamps, as required by Ohio law. Fees may apply, and they can vary depending on factors such as age, residency, and the type of hunting being pursued.

By staying informed and obtaining the appropriate licenses and permits, hunters can ensure that they are hunting legally and responsibly while contributing to the conservation and management of Ohio's wildlife resources.

License Requirements & Information

Obtaining Licenses and Permits

When it comes to hunting licenses and permits in Ohio, it's important to be aware of the following requirements and information:

License Year

Ohio's hunting license year begins on March 1 and ends on the last day of February of the following year.

Where to Obtain

Hunting licenses and permits can be acquired from authorized license sales agents and through online channels.

Costs

All costs for licenses and permits include a writing fee, and all sales are final with no refunds. The fees may vary depending on factors such as age, residency, and the type of license or permit being purchased.

Hunter Age and Residency

The availability of licenses is determined by the hunter's age and residency status. Different licenses are available based on these factors.

License Types

In Ohio, there are various types of licenses and permits tailored to specific hunting activities, seasons, and game. These may include:

Hunting Licenses

Required for all hunters, regardless of age, to hunt or trap game in Ohio.

Game-Specific Permits

Additional permits are needed for hunting specific species like deer, turkey, or waterfowl.

Hunter Education Requirement

To apply for a hunting license, except for an apprentice license, completion of a hunter education course is mandatory. Applicants can fulfill this requirement by:

  • Presenting a previously held hunting license.
  • Providing evidence of successfully completing a hunter education course from any state.
  • Swearing that they are 21 years of age or older and previously held a legal hunting license from any state.

Hunters 15 years of age and younger and those hunting with an apprentice license must be accompanied by an adult.

License Requirements

A permanent customer identification number is assigned to all applicants of hunting or fishing licenses. Every youth and adult applying for any license or permit is required to provide their Social Security Number (SSN) in compliance with Federal Statute 42. Applicants who do not have an SSN must affirm their status at the time of application and provide other personal information.

Ohio Residency Status

An Ohio resident is defined as a person who has resided in the state of Ohio for the past six consecutive months. All others are considered nonresidents and must purchase a nonresident license.

Duplicate Licenses and Permits

Lost, stolen, or destroyed licenses and permits may be re-issued at any license sales location or online. Reprints are free online and cost $4 at a license agent.

Electronic Licenses

Licenses and permits may also be purchased on a mobile device or through the Division of Wildlife's mobile application HuntFish OH. Hunters must carry their licenses and permits at all times while hunting, and must present their license upon request. Licenses and permits may be displayed on a mobile device.

Ohio's Wildlife Licensing System (Purchase Online)

For customers with internet access, Ohio offers the convenience of the Wildlife Licensing System, where you can manage various aspects of your hunting and wildlife-related activities with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Here's what you can do through this system:

Purchase Licenses and Permits

  • Obtain any required hunting or trapping licenses, permits, or duplicate licenses.
  • Ensure you have an active account and update your customer record before making a purchase.
  • Print licenses and permits as needed upon successful payment.

Complete Game Check

  • After tagging a harvested animal, hunters have the option to complete the game check process online.

Lottery Application

  • Purchase lottery applications for controlled deer hunts, waterfowl hunts, and fishing opportunities through the Ohio Wildlife Licensing System.
  • Available opportunities will be listed when applications are accepted.
  • Receive email notifications regarding lottery drawing results.

Wild Ohio Store

  • Visit the Wild Ohio Store to purchase non-license products offered by the Division of Wildlife.
  • Available products include Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamps, Wild Ohio Magazine memberships, gift certificates, and donation options.

Hunter and Trapper Education Classes

  • Hunters and trappers are required to complete an education course before purchasing hunting licenses or trapping permits (except for apprentice licenses).
  • Enroll in education classes and access information on previous certifications through the Manage Your Customer Account link in the Ohio's Wildlife Licensing System.

Manage Your Customer Account

  • Access and update your customer information.
  • View hunter and trapper course registrations.
  • Print your customer ID card displaying your course certifications.
  • Review your licenses and game check information for the current year.
  • Check the status of lottery applications and results.
  • Monitor the status of your Wild Ohio Magazine membership and gift certificates.
  • Please note that only information for the current license year is available online. For previous license or game check information or to report errors, contact 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543).

License Exemptions

Certain categories of individuals are exempt from purchasing licenses, permits, and stamps for hunting and trapping activities in Ohio. Here are the exemptions:

  • Ohio Resident Landowners: Ohio resident landowners, their spouses, and their children are not required to have a hunting license, fur taker permit, either-sex deer permit, antlerless deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, or Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp when hunting or trapping on land they own.

  • Nonresident Landowners: Nonresident landowners, along with their spouses and children living with the landowner, may hunt on that property without a license, either-sex deer permit, antlerless deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, or fur taker permit if the nonresident's home state allows residents of Ohio owning property in the nonresident's home state, and the spouse and children living with the Ohio property owner, to hunt without a license, deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, wetlands habitat stamp, or fur taker permit.

  • Members of Limited Liability Companies or Partnerships: A member of a limited liability company or partnership is considered a landowner provided the member is an Ohio resident and the limited liability company or limited liability partnership consists of three or fewer individual members or partners, or the beneficiary or trustee of a trust that has three or fewer trustees or beneficiaries.

  • Tenant Landowners: Tenants and their children residing on land from which they derive more than 50 percent of their income from agricultural production are not required to have a hunting license, fur taker permit, either-sex deer permit, antlerless deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, or Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp when hunting or trapping on the land they reside on.

  • Landowners' Grandchildren: Ohio resident landowners' grandchildren who are under 18 years of age are exempt from needing a hunting license or an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp while hunting on their grandparents' land. However, all other licenses and permits are required.

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on Leave or Furlough: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty while on leave or furlough are not required to purchase a hunting license, Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, or fur taker permit. However, all other licenses and permits are still required.

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces Stationed in Ohio: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Ohio, who are not on leave or furlough, must purchase a resident Ohio hunting license and other applicable permits before hunting deer, turkey, or hunting and trapping furbearers. Additionally, they need an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp for hunting waterfowl.

Free License Eligibility

Certain individuals in Ohio are eligible for free licenses and permits for hunting and fishing. Here are the eligibility criteria:

  • Ohio Residents Born on or Before December 31, 1937: Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937, are eligible to receive the following for free:

    • Fishing license
    • Hunting license
    • Either-sex deer permit
    • Antlerless deer permit
    • Spring and fall turkey permits
    • Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp
    • Fur taker permit
  • Ohio Residents Age 66 and Older (Born on or After January 1, 1938): Ohio residents who are 66 years of age or older and were born on or after January 1, 1938, are eligible for reduced-cost licenses and permits.

  • Ohio Residents with Veteran's License Plate with Wheelchair Symbol: Ohio residents who have a veteran's license plate displaying the international wheelchair symbol must apply in writing for the following for free:

    • Hunting license
    • Fur taker permit
    • Either-sex deer permit
    • Spring or fall turkey permit
    • Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp endorsement Applications must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Permanently and Totally Disabled Veterans: Permanently and totally disabled veterans who receive pension or compensation due to their service-related injuries and who are Ohio residents must apply in writing for the following for free:

    • Hunting license
    • Fur taker permit
    • Either-sex deer permit
    • Turkey permit
    • Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Applications must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Former Prisoners of War: Ohio residents who are former prisoners of war must apply in writing for a free hunting license, fur taker permit, and Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp. All other licenses and permits are required to be purchased. Applications must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

State Park Discounts with Your License!

Enjoy discounts at eight Ohio State Park Lodges with your valid Ohio fishing, hunting, or trapping licenses, as well as the Ohio Wildlife Legacy stamp. Here are the details:

Lodges Offering Discounts:

  1. Burr Oak State Park Lodge
  2. Deer Creek State Park Lodge
  3. Hueston Woods State Park Lodge
  4. Maumee Bay State Park Lodge
  5. Mohican State Park Lodge
  6. Punderson Manor State Park Lodge
  7. Salt Fork State Park Lodge
  8. Shawnee State Park Lodge

Discount Details:

  • Holders of the Wildlife Legacy stamp receive a 25% discount.
  • Those with a valid fishing, hunting, or trapping license receive a 10% discount off their lodge room or cabin.

How to Redeem:

  • Present your valid licenses or stamps upon check-in.
  • The discount is available for both advance reservations and walk-ins.
  • Some blackout dates and restrictions may apply.

How to Reserve:

  • For advance reservations, call 1-800-282-7275 or book online using promo codes LICENSE or LEGACY.

Make the most of your outdoor adventures and explore Ohio's State Park Lodges with these fantastic discounts! For additional information, visit the Discounts on Camping & Lodging page and the Great Ohio Lodges page.

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

Ohio participates in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact (IWVC), an agreement between states aimed at ensuring the enforcement of hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations. Under this compact, if an individual loses their hunting, trapping, or fishing privileges in one member state, they may also lose those privileges in all member states. Here's what you need to know:

  • Reciprocity: If you lose your right to hunt, trap, or fish in Ohio due to violations of wildlife regulations, it is your responsibility to check with any other state where you plan to hunt, trap, or fish. You must ensure that you have not lost your hunting, trapping, or fishing privileges in that state as well.

This compact enhances the enforcement of wildlife regulations across state lines, promoting responsible and lawful hunting, trapping, and fishing practices. It underscores the importance of abiding by the rules and regulations of each state when participating in outdoor activities.

Stay informed and comply with the wildlife regulations of all states to enjoy your outdoor pursuits legally and responsibly.

License and Permit Options for Hunting and Trapping in Ohio

Ohio offers a variety of hunting and trapping license and permit options to cater to different categories of hunters. Here is an overview of these options along with their prices:

Youth Licenses:

  • Resident & Nonresident Youth 1-Year Hunting License: $10.00
  • Resident & Nonresident Youth 1-Year Apprentice License: $10.00
  • Resident Youth 3-Year Hunting License: $27.04
  • Resident Youth 5-Year Hunting License: $45.07
  • Resident Youth 10-Year Hunting License: $90.14
  • Resident Youth Lifetime Hunting License: $430.56

Adult Licenses:

  • Resident 1-Year Hunting License: $19.00
  • Resident 1-Year Apprentice License: $19.00
  • Resident 3-Year Hunting License: $54.08
  • Resident 5-Year Hunting License: $90.14
  • Resident 10-Year Hunting License: $180.27
  • Resident Lifetime Hunting License: $449.28
  • Nonresident 1-Year Hunting License: $180.96
  • Nonresident (Tourist) 3-Day Hunting License: $40.56 (Not valid for deer, turkey, or furbearers)
  • Nonresident 1-Year Apprentice Hunting License: $180.96

Senior Licenses (Residents Only):

  • Resident Senior 1-Year Hunting License: $10.00
  • Resident Senior 1-Year Apprentice License: $10.00
  • Resident Senior 3-Year Hunting License: $27.04
  • Resident Senior 5-Year Hunting License: $45.07
  • Resident Senior Lifetime Hunting License: $84.24
  • Resident Free Senior Hunting License: Free

Either-Sex Deer Permits:

  • Adult Permit: Resident: $31.20
  • Adult Permit: Nonresident: $76.96
  • Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $16.00
  • Senior Permit: Resident Only: $12.00
  • Free Senior Permit: Resident Only: FREE

Deer Management Permits:

  • Adult and Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $15.00
  • Senior Permit: Resident Only: $15.00
  • Free Senior Permit: Resident Only: FREE

Fall Turkey Permits:

  • Adult Permit: Resident: $31.20
  • Adult Permit: Nonresident: $38.48
  • Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $16.00
  • Senior Permit: Resident Only: $12.00
  • Free Senior Permit: Resident Only: FREE

Spring Turkey Permits:

  • Adult Permit: Resident: $31.20
  • Adult Permit: Nonresident: $38.48
  • Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $16.00
  • Senior Permit: Resident Only: $12.00
  • Free Senior Permit: Resident Only: FREE

Migratory Bird & Waterfowl Stamps:

  • Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp: $25.00
  • Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp: Resident & Nonresident: $15.00
  • Free Senior Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp: Resident Only: FREE

Fur Taker Permits:

  • Adult Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $15.00
  • Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $8.00
  • Senior Permit: Resident Only: $8.00
  • Free Senior Permit: Resident Only: FREE
  • Apprentice Adult Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $15.00
  • Apprentice Senior Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $8.00
  • Apprentice Youth Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $8.00

Shooting Range Permits:

  • Annual Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $24.00
  • One-Day Permit: Resident & Nonresident: $5.00
  • Annual Permit and Hunting License Combo: Resident: $29.12
  • Annual Permit and Apprentice Hunting License Combo: $29.12

About Licenses & Permits:

  • Multiyear Hunting Licenses (Ohio Residents Only): These licenses can be purchased for 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years, allowing residents to lock-in rates and avoid transaction fees. Permits and stamps must still be purchased annually.

  • Lifetime Hunting Licenses (Ohio Residents Only): A lifetime license provides a lifetime of outdoors enjoyment, regardless of future residence. It offers savings and convenience while supporting conservation programs.

  • Apprentice Hunting License & Fur Taker Permit: Available to both residents and nonresidents, these permits allow individuals to hunt or trap under the mentorship of a licensed adult without completing a hunter or fur taker education course. Apprentice license holders must be accompanied by a licensed hunter or fur taker.

Ensure you select the right license or permit based on your age, residency, and hunting or trapping preferences. For a complete list and more details, refer to the current Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

Waterfowl Stamps & HIP Survey Requirements for Hunting Migratory Birds in Ohio

To hunt migratory birds in Ohio, there are specific requirements you need to meet:

General Requirements:

  1. A valid Ohio hunting license.
  2. Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification.

Additional Requirements for Waterfowl Hunting:

In addition to the general requirements mentioned above, if you plan to hunt waterfowl in Ohio, you must also have the following:

  1. A printed Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp endorsement: This is required for all individuals aged 18 or older.
  2. A signed federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (Duck Stamp): This is required for all individuals aged 16 and older.

HIP Survey:

Hunters who intend to hunt migratory game birds, including mourning doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, rails, coots, and snipe, must have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification number on their hunting license. Here's how to obtain it:

  • Migratory game bird hunters must call 1-877-HIP-OHIO (1-877-447-6446) and complete a short survey.
  • Once the phone survey is completed, a certification number will be provided to the hunter.
  • This certification number must be written on the hunting license and carried while hunting migratory birds.
  • If you're using the HuntFish OH app, you can find your HIP confirmation number under current licenses. It can also be displayed in the app by going to Menu > Manage Account > View Your Licenses and Permits.

Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp:

By purchasing the $15 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, you contribute to wetland and waterfowl conservation. This stamp has generated more than $10 million for wetland conservation, land acquisition, and the preservation of waterfowl areas within the U.S. and Canada. Here's how to purchase it:

  • Visit the Ohio Wildlife Licensing System online or any license vendor to purchase the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp.
  • Your hunting license will indicate your purchase of the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp.

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (Duck Stamp):

Hunters aged 16 and older are required to purchase the Federal Duck Stamp to hunt ducks, geese, and brant. Here's how to obtain it:

  • Federal Duck Stamps are available at many U.S. post office branches, usps.com, or duckstamp.com.
  • Internet orders may take up to 14 days for delivery.
  • There is no indication of your Federal Duck Stamp purchase on your hunting license, so you must carry the printed Federal Duck Stamp with you.
  • If you bought an E-Stamp, you must carry your 45-day receipt while hunting. Once it expires, you must carry your current, signed Federal Duck Stamp. If you purchased your E-Stamp at a retail store, you must carry the E-Stamp/45-day receipt. Your purchase/credit card receipt from the store is not valid as a Duck Stamp.

Migratory Bird & Waterfowl Stamps Prices:

  • Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp: $25.00
  • Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp (Resident & Nonresident): $15.00
  • Free Senior Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp (Resident Only): FREE

Ensure you meet these requirements and carry the necessary stamps and certifications while hunting migratory birds, especially if you plan to hunt waterfowl.

Shooting Range Permits for Ohio

If you're planning to use Class A, B, and C ranges operated by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and you are 18 years of age or older, you are required to have a shooting range permit. However, individuals aged 17 and under do not need to purchase a permit but must be accompanied by and directly supervised by an adult aged 18 years or older who holds a valid shooting range permit.

Types of Shooting Range Permits:

  1. Annual Permit (Resident & Nonresident): $24.00

    • This permit allows you access to the shooting ranges for one year.
  2. One-Day Permit (Resident & Nonresident): $5.00

    • This permit provides access to the shooting ranges for a single day.

Combo Permits:

There are also combo permits available that include both a shooting range permit and a hunting license:

  1. Annual Permit and Hunting License Combo (Resident): $29.12

    • This combo includes an annual shooting range permit and a hunting license for residents.
  2. Annual Permit and Apprentice Hunting License Combo: $29.12

    • This combo includes an annual shooting range permit and an apprentice hunting license.

Ensure you have the appropriate shooting range permit when using the designated ranges in Ohio, and select the permit type that best suits your needs, whether it's an annual permit, a one-day permit, or one of the combo options.

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