Annual pheasant releases in Ohio


COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife will release ring-necked pheasants at public hunting areas in late October and November. Releases will begin Oct. 22 during Ohio’s youth small game hunting season. 

Each fall, the division of wildlife releases male pheasants (roosters) at 25 public hunting areas throughout Ohio. More than 14,000 pheasants are scheduled to be released this fall. The division of wildlife will release pheasants for Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 24. 

Pheasants will be released in Delaware Wildlife Area, Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area, Resthaven Wildlife Area, Ringneck Ridge Wildlife Area (by permit only, find additional information from the Sandusky County Park District), Tiffin River Wildlife Area, and Wyandot Wildlife Area (no youth releases), Camp Belden Wildlife Area, Charlemont Metro Park, Berlin Wildlife Area, Grand River Wildlife Area, Highlandtown Wildlife Area (no youth releases), Spencer Wildlife Area, West Branch Wildlife Area (no youth releases), Zepernick Wildlife Area (no youth releases), Appalachian Hills Wildlife Area, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Area (no youth releases), Salt Fork Wildlife Area (no youth releases), Tri-Valley Wildlife Area, Caesar Creek Wildlife Area, Darke Wildlife Area, Fallsville Wildlife Area (no releases for Oct. 22-23, or Nov. 11), Indian Creek Wildlife Area (no youth releases), Rush Run Wildlife Area and Spring Valley Wildlife Area. 

Ohio’s ring-necked pheasant hunting season is open from Nov. 4, 2022, until Jan. 8, 2023. The daily harvest limit is two male birds; no hens (females) may be harvested. A valid Ohio hunting license is required to pursue pheasants and other game birds. 

For more information on getting started, explore the interactive Introduction to Upland Game Birds online learning module and related resources through the Wild Ohio Harvest Community. Additional details on Ohio’s fall pheasant releases can be found at, along with maps of public hunting areas, the current hunting and trapping regulations, and more.


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