Ohio releasing more than 15,000 pheasants in hunting areas

Ringednecked Pheasant (photo courtesy ODNR)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio wildlife officials are releasing more than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants at 24 public hunting areas this fall to provide more hunting opportunities.

The Department of Natural Resources says its Division of Wildlife released pheasants on Oct. 21 with another release scheduled for Oct. 28, 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 the designated weekends of Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30.

Ohio’s small game hunting season begins Nov. 4 with more pheasant releases set for Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. The final release this year will be Nov. 23.

Pheasant hunting season in Ohio runs from Nov. 4, through Jan. 8 with a daily bag limit of two male birds.

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