Renew your Ohio hunting and fishing license today

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Carry a copy or photo of your current fishing license with you at all times. Believe it or not, anyone can ask to see it. (Mike Tontimonia photo)

COLUMBUS — Hunting and fishing licenses for 2023-24 are on sale now, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. 

Spring weather is here, and with it comes plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities. Licenses can be purchased at, on the HuntFish OH mobile app or at participating agents statewide. 

License sales fund the division of wildlife’s projects and programs that benefit wildlife and people. The division of wildlife manages or cooperatively manages more than 2 million acres of water and 750,000 acres of diverse wildlife areas. These habitats support popular game species such as deer, turkey, and walleye as well as key species such as bald eagles and monarch butterflies. 

Ohio’s resident fishing licenses are $25, are valid for one year from the date of purchase, and can be purchased up to 30 days prior to the expiration date. A fishing license is required to fish in Ohio public waters for anyone 16 and older. 

Ohio’s annual resident hunting licenses for the 2023-24 seasons are $19 for adults ($10 for youth) and are available now. Hunting licenses are valid immediately after purchase through Feb. 29, 2024. 

All hunters, regardless of age, are required to carry a valid hunting license to hunt or trap in Ohio. 

Customers also have the option of choosing automatic renewal when purchasing a license online or when using a smartphone. The selected license renews automatically once the previous year expires. Multiyear hunting and fishing licenses are also available, with three-year, five-year, 10-year and lifetime licenses on sale. Download the free HuntFish OH mobile app to buy your license.  

App users can also purchase permits, report wildlife sightings and read current regulations. 

Funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, along with excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, directly benefit wildlife management and habitat conservation efforts here in Ohio. Funds also support improvements to fishing access, shooting ranges, and wildlife areas. 

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