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Ohio and federal hunting laws are presented in a summarized form. Ohio laws in their entirety can be found by consulting the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) or the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). These laws are subject to change. It is the responsibility of the hunter to be aware of the most current laws when hunting.

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All Licenses and Permits

Annual Hunting Licenses

License Cost
Resident Annual Hunting License $19
Resident and Non-resident Youth Annual Hunting License $10
Non-resident Annual Hunting License $146.12
Resident Reduced-Cost Senior Hunting License $10
Resident Free Senior Hunting License (Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937) Free
Non-Resident (Tourist) 3-day Hunting License (Not valid for deer, turkey or furbearers) $40.56
Duplicate License Card $4.00
Apprentice Resident Annual Hunting License $19
Apprentice Resident and Non-resident Youth Annual Hunting License $10
Apprentice Nonresident Annual Hunting License $146.12
Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp: Resident and Nonresident $15
Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp: Resident Reduced-Cost Senior License $15
Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp: Resident Free Senior Free
Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (Duck Stamp): Age 16 and older $25

Multiyear Hunting Licenses (Ohio Residents Only)

A multiyear license allows an Ohio resident the opportunity to lock-in rates and avoid transaction fees for the length of the license. These licenses can be purchased for 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years. Permits and stamps must be purchased annually.

License Cost
Senior 3-year hunting or fishing $28.60
Senior 5-year hunting or fishing $47.58
Youth 3-year hunting or fishing $28.60
Youth 5-year hunting or fishing $47.58
Youth 10-year hunting or fishing $95.16
Adult 3-year hunting or fishing $54.08
Adult 5-year hunting or fishing $90.22
Adult 10-year hunting or fishing $180.44

Multiyear license customers may pay additional fee for hard plastic license (Ohio Conservation Card) if desired.

Lifetime Hunting Licenses (Ohio Residents Only)

A lifetime license creates an Ohio tradition that lasts a lifetime! A lifetime license, purchased for yourself or as a gift, provides a lifetime of outdoors enjoyment, regardless of where they live in the future. The cost of the license offers considerable savings and convenience to the holder and supports conservation programs. Revenue generated by lifetime licenses provide long-term financial support for Ohio’s fish and wildlife.

License Cost
Youth lifetime hunting or fishing $430.56
Adult lifetime hunting or fishing $468.00
Senior lifetime hunting or fishing $84.24

All Lifetime license holders will be mailed a plastic card (Ohio Conservation Card) to serve as their license.

Hunting License Categories
Resident Adult For Ohio residents age 18-65 at the time of purchase.
Resident Youth For Ohio residents and nonresidents 17 years old and younger at the time of purchase.
Nonresident For youth and adult nonresidents.
Apprentice For residents and nonresidents who are accompanied by a licensed hunter.
Reduced-Cost Senior For Ohio residents age 66 and older, and who were born on or after January 1, 1938.
Free Senior For Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937.
Multiyear License For Ohio residents. Can be purchased for 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years. Permits and stamps must be purchased annually.
Lifetime License For Ohio residents, can be purchased for yourself or as a gift.

Permits

Either-Sex Deer Permits
Adult Permit: Resident $24
Youth Permit: Resident $12
Adult and Youth: Nonresident $41.60
Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident only $12
Free Senior Permit: Resident only Free

Antlerless Deer Permits
Adult Permit: Resident and Nonresident $15
Youth Permit: Resident and Nonresident $15
Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident only $15
Free Senior Permit: Resident only Free

Fur Taker Permits
Adult Permit: Resident and Nonresident $15
Youth Permit: Resident and Nonresident $8
Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident only $8
Free Senior Permit: Resident only Free

Spring Turkey Permits
Adult Permit: Resident $24
Youth Permit: Resident $12
Nonresident Permit $29.12
Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident only $12
Free Senior Permit: Resident only Free

Fall Turkey Permits
Adult Permit: Resident $24
Youth Permit: Resident $12
Adult and Youth Nonresident Permit $29.12
Reduced-Cost Senior Permit: Resident only $12
Free Senior Permit: Resident only Free

Apprentice Fur Taker Permits
Adult Permit: Resident and Nonresident $15
Youth Permit: Resident and Nonresident $8

Shooting Range Permits
Annual Permit: Resident and Nonresident $24
One-Day Permit: Resident and Nonresident $5
Ohio Wetlands Stamp

Make your contribution to wetland and waterfowl conservation by purchasing your $15 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp. More than 1 million stamps have been sold since its beginning in 1982, and it has generated more than $10 million for wetland conservation, land acquisition, development, and preservation of waterfowl areas within the U.S. and on waterfowl breeding grounds in Canada.

The Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp can be purchased online by visiting the Ohio Wildlife Licensing System, or at any license vendor.

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (Duck Stamp)

Hunters 16 years of age and older are required to purchase this stamp to hunt ducks, geese, and brant. These 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.

HIP Survey

Hunters who plan 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. Migratory game bird hunters must call 1-877-HIP-OHIO (1-877-447-6446) and take a short survey. A certification number will be provided to the hunter once the phone survey has been completed. This number can be written on the hunting license and must be carried while hunting migratory birds.

Shooting Range Permits

Permits are required of shooters age 18 or older for admission to Class A ranges operated by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Shooters age 17 and under are not required to purchase a permit, but must be accompanied by and directly monitored by an adult (age 18 years or older) holding a valid shooting range permit.

NEW! Multiyear and Lifetime Licenses

Multiyear and Lifetime Licenses (Ohio Residents Only)

Multiyear License Prices

A multiyear license allows an Ohio resident the opportunity to lock-in rates and avoid transaction fees for the length of the license. These licenses can be purchased for 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years. Permits and stamps must be purchased annually.

Type License Price Writing Fee Total Cost
Senior 3-year hunting or fishing $27.50 $1.10 $28.60
Senior 5-year hunting or fishing $45.75 $1.83 $47.58
Youth 3-year hunting or fishing $27.50 $1.10 $28.60
Youth 5-year hunting or fishing $45.75 $1.83 $47.58
Youth 10-year hunting or fishing $91.50 $3.66 $95.16
Adult 3-year hunting or fishing $52.00 $2.08 $54.08
Adult 5-year hunting or fishing $86.75 $3.47 $90.22
Adult 10-year hunting or fishing $173.50 $6.94 $180.44

Multiyear license customers may pay additional fee for hard plastic license (Ohio Conservation Card) if desired.

Lifetime License Prices

A lifetime license creates an Ohio tradition that lasts a lifetime! A lifetime license, purchased for yourself or as a gift, provides a lifetime of outdoors enjoyment, regardless of where they live in the future. The cost of the license offers considerable savings and convenience to the holder and supports conservation programs. Revenue generated by lifetime licenses provide long-term financial support for Ohio’s fish and wildlife.

Type License Price Writing Fee Total Cost
Youth lifetime hunting or fishing $414.00 $16.56 $430.56
Adult lifetime hunting or fishing $450.00 $18.00 $468.00
Senior lifetime hunting or fishing $81.00 $3.24 $84.24

All Lifetime license holders will be mailed a plastic card (Ohio Conservation Card) to serve as their license.

Your hunter education status is identified on your license
HC Hunter Education Certified:
You have completed a hunter education course. If you have completed hunter education and don’t see this image, please call 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543).
HA Hunter Education Attest:
You are over 21 years of age and have attested to previously completing a hunter education course, or have obtained a hunting license in another state.
AP Apprentice Hunter:
In order to hunt, you must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 21 years old or older. Learn how to complete hunter education certification.
Purchasing Multiyear and Lifetime Licenses

Lifetime licenses and multiyear licenses can be purchased online if an Ohio driver license or state identification is associated with the customer’s account. If not, license buyers can visit an ODNR Division of Wildlife office or submit a paper application. Proof of age and residency are required at time of purchase.

If an Ohio driver license or state identification is associated with the customer’s account, a multiyear license can also be purchased at an agent location.

Hunting and Fishing License Online* Division of Wildlife Office Paper Application** Agent*
Lifetime
Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System Wildlife District Offices Mail application and check or money order to:

ODNR Division of Wildlife Conservation Card
2045 Morse Rd.,
Columbus, OH 43229.

N/A
Multiyear
Agent Locations

* Ohio driver license or state identification is associated with the customer’s account.
** Must be notarized to validate age and residency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can purchase a lifetime or multiyear fishing license or hunting license?

Ohio residents. Any lifetime license or multiyear license purchased for yourself or as a gift allows the bearer to participate in hunting or fishing for the term of the license, regardless of future residence.

What do I need to prove residency and age?

Adult and senior licenses

  • Valid Ohio driver license or state identification, or
  • If no driver license or state identification, verify residency by presenting two of the following documents in the applicant’s name:
  • Home utility bill
  • Rent or mortgage receipt
  • Notarized statement from employer on business letterhead
  • Current voter registration card
  • Income source (pay stub, Social Security check)
  • State income tax (full-time resident)
  • Motor vehicle registration
  • Vehicle or home insurance

Youth License

  • Present a valid Ohio driver license or state identification, or
  • If no driver license or state identification:
  • Verify residency of parent or guardian (see above options) and
  • A certified birth certificate with parent or guardian listed on residency documents.

Can I buy a lifetime or multiyear hunting license if I haven’t taken a hunter education course?

What privileges does a lifetime or multiyear fishing license or hunting license allow?

Is my lifetime or multiyear license still valid if I move out of Ohio?

How can I purchase a lifetime or multiyear license as a gift?

If I receive a lifetime license or multiyear license as a gift, can I return it for reimbursement?

Can I transfer my lifetime or multiyear license to someone else or for another license type?

If I buy a youth lifetime or multiyear license, how long can I participate in youth hunts?

I purchased a lifetime or multiyear hunting license that indicates I am an apprentice hunter (AP). How do I get an Ohio Conservation Card that indicates I am hunter-education certified (HC)?

How do I replace my lost or stolen Ohio Conservation Card?

If I purchase an Ohio Conservation Card for hunting and fishing, will I receive two cards or will both licenses be on the same card?

How many apprentice licenses may I purchase?

License Sales System

License and Permit Purchase Process

Hunting licenses and permits are available at all authorized license sales agents and online.

Ohio’s license year begins March 1 and ends the last day of February. All costs include a $1 writing fee. All sales are final. No refunds.

Customer age and residency determine which licenses are available for purchase.

All hunters, regardless of age, must carry a valid hunting license to hunt or trap game in Ohio. Hunting deer, turkey, waterfowl, or hunting or trapping of furbearers requires the hunter to possess an additional game-specific permit.

Licenses and permits purchased at retail outlets or at home will be printed on plain white paper. The paper can be trimmed and folded down. It is highly recommended to protect your licenses and permits from the elements. Customers must be present to purchase a license or permit.

Visit an authorized agent or wildohio.gov to purchase a license or permit. Authorized agents are located in every county in Ohio. Visit wildohio.gov or call 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543) to find an agent.

Option 1: Purchase Online

The Ohio Division of Wildlife offers a safe and secure Web site for purchasing with your credit card. All license buyers (resident and non-resident) may purchase license and permits online.

Option 2: Purchase from a Participating Agent

There are License Agents in every county in Ohio.

Option 3: Mail-Order License Form

  • Call 1-800-WILDLIFE or 614-265-6300 to request a Mail-Order License Application Form.

A permanent customer identification number will be assigned to all applicants of hunting or fishing licenses.

Every youth and adult who applies for any license or permit is required to provide their Social Security Number (SSN). Federal Statute 42 requires the SSN of any individual to whom the state issues a recreational hunting or fishing license. Applicants must also declare their residency and provide their full name, date of birth, gender, mailing address, height, weight, hair color, and eye color. Once provided and recorded in the licensing system, applicants will only be required to update their information on file if it changes.

If applicants do not have an active SSN, they must submit written verification on form DNR 9151, available online or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543). Upon receipt of this form, the Ohio Division of Wildlife will issue an official customer identification number for use in obtaining hunting and fishing licenses or completing landowner game check.

Non-U.S. citizens who are also nonresidents of Ohio will be asked for an alternative form of identification as a substitute for the SSN.

An Ohio resident is 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.

Social Security Requirement

Due to federal law, the license purchasing system requires all customers to provide their Social Security Number (SSN) in order to obtain hunting licenses, fishing licenses and associated permits. SSNs are required to be collected to receive a recreational license, regardless of age, for the purpose of child support collection enforcement under Federal Statute 42 and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

As a recreational license provider, the Division of Wildlife is obligated to comply with these laws, and cannot issue a license or permit without the SSN of the customer. The Division has a proper security system in place to protect SSNs and any databases that contain them.

  • Each license buyer must have a Social Security Number recorded in the system. Sportsmen and women who have purchased licenses in the past and who provided an Ohio Driver’s License or state ID card will most likely be unaffected.
  • Youth hunters and those hunters that have never had a driver’s license or state ID swiped during the license buying process must provide their SSN.
  • In the rare instance that a U.S. resident does not have a Social Security Number, they are asked to fill out a form that no SSN exists. An application for SSN exemption is available at wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE. This form needs to be mailed to the Ohio Division of Wildlife prior to purchasing a license and will take a few weeks to process.
  • The Division will collect a customer’s SSN only once (the first time he or she purchases a license or permit). This primarily affects those who have never used a driver’s license to purchase a license and/or permit to fish, hunt or trap.
  • The customer will then receive a Customer Account Number that will be used for any future transactions. The number will be printed on the license and/or permit.
  • Using this number, customers will have the ability to manage their own account online using secured access.

License Basics

  • Ohio’s license year begins March 1 and ends the last day of February. All costs include a $1.00 writing fee. All sales are final. No refunds are given.
  • Hunter age and residency determine which licenses are available for purchase.
  • All hunters, regardless of age, must carry a valid hunting license to hunt or trap game in Ohio. Hunting deer, turkey, waterfowl or hunting or trapping of furbearers requires the hunter to possess an additional, game-specific permit.
  • Licenses and permits purchased at retail outlets will be printed on plain white paper. The paper can be trimmed and folded down. It is highly recommended you protect you licenses and permits from the elements. Customers must be present to purchase a license or permit.

Hunter Education Requirement

Anyone applying for a hunting license, except an apprentice license, is required to successfully complete a hunter education course. Applicants must do one of the following:

  • Present a previously held hunting license.
  • Present evidence of having successfully completed a hunter education course (from any state).
  • Swear he or she is 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 of any age hunting with an apprentice license must be accompanied by an adult.

License Requirements

A permanent customer identification number will be assigned to all applicants of hunting or fishing licenses.

Every youth and adult who applies for any license or permit is required to provide their Social Security Number (SSN). Federal Statute 42 requires the SSN of any individual to whom the state issues a recreational hunting or fishing license. Applicants must also declare their residency and provide their full name, date of birth, gender, mailing address, height, weight, hair color, and eye color. Once provided and recorded in the licensing system, applicants will only be required to update their information on file if it changes.

If applicants do not have an active SSN, they must submit written verification on form DNR 9151, available at wildohio.gov or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800 945- 3543). Upon receipt of this form, the Ohio Division of Wildlife will issue an official customer identification number for use in obtaining hunting and fishing licenses or completing landowner game check.

Non-U.S. citizens who are also nonresidents of Ohio will be asked for an alternative form of identification as a substitute for the SSN.

Ohio Residency Status

An Ohio resident is 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 at wildohio.gov. Reprints are free at wildohio.gov and cost $4 at a license agent.

Electronic Licenses

Licenses and permits can also be purchased on a mobile device. Hunters must carry their licenses and permits at all times while hunting, and must present their license upon request. Licenses can be displayed on a mobile device. However, deer and turkey permits are only valid when printed and carried by the hunter.

Purchase a Hunting License

Visit an authorized agent or wildohio.gov to purchase a license or permit. Authorized agents are located in every county in Ohio. Visit wildohio.gov or call 1-800-WILDLIFE to find an agent.

License Exemptions

Certain categories of persons are exempted from buying licenses, permits, and stamps:

  • Ohio resident landowners, 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.
  • A nonresident landowner, and the spouse 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.
  • A member of a limited liability company or partnership is 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.
  • Tenants and their children on land on which they reside and from which they derive the majority (more than 50 percent) of their income from agricultural production on that land 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 they are hunting or trapping on land where they reside.
  • Ohio resident landowners’ grandchildren who are under 18 years of age are not required to have a hunting license or an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp while hunting on their grandparents’ land. All other licenses and permits are required.
  • 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. All other licenses and permits are required.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Ohio, but NOT on leave or furlough are required to purchase a resident Ohio hunting license and other applicable permits before hunting deer, turkey, or hunting and trapping furbearers, and an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp for hunting waterfowl.

Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System

Customers with internet access can visit wildohio.gov to obtain products, enroll in hunter or trapper education courses, or manage their customer account with the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Purchase Licenses and Permits

Any license, permit, or a duplicate license can be obtained through the Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System. Customers are required to have an account and update their customer record prior to making a purchase. Licenses and permits can be printed as required when payment is made.

Complete Game Check

Once the harvested animal is tagged, hunters have the option to complete the game check process online.

Lottery Application

Lottery applications for controlled deer hunts, waterfowl hunts, and fishing opportunities can be purchased through the Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System. Available opportunities will be listed on the license selection page when applications are accepted. Applicants will receive an email after lottery drawings have been completed.

Wild Ohio Store

The Wild Ohio Store is where customers can purchase non-license products from the Division of Wildlife. Available products include Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamps, Wild Ohio Magazine memberships, gift certificates, and donations.

Hunter and Trapper Education Classes

All hunters and trappers must complete an education course prior to purchasing any hunting license or trapping permit, except an apprentice license. Customers can view classes offered in each county and enroll in a class online. Enrollment information and previous certiciations can be viewed using the Manage Your Customer Account link in Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System.

Manage Your Customer Account

Customers have access to view and update their customer information by viewing the Manage Your Customer Account link in the Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System. Customers can also view their hunter and trapper course registrations, print their customer ID card which indicates their course certifications, view their licenses and game check for the current year, view their lottery applications and results, and view the status of their Wild Ohio Magazine membership and gift certificates. Please note only the current license year information is available. Please call 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543) if previous license or game check information is required or errors are identified.

Apprentice Hunting License & Fur Taker Permit

Ohio residents and nonresidents may purchase an apprentice hunting license or apprentice fur taker permit without having taken a hunter or fur taker education course.

Apprentice hunting licenses and apprentice fur taker permits allow new hunters and trappers, both adults and youth, to sample the experience of hunting and trapping under the mentorship of a licensed adult prior to completing a hunter or trapper education course.

To hunt or trap, apprentice license and permit holders must be accompanied by a licensed hunter or trapper 21 years old or older. The licensed hunter may not accompany more than two (2) apprentice license holders at the same time.

Accompany means to go along with another person while staying within a distance from the person that enables uninterrupted, unaided visual and auditory communications.

There is no limit to the number of apprentice licenses that can be purchased.

Having previously held an apprentice license does not qualify the holder to purchase a regular hunting license or fur taker permit. To obtain a regular hunting license, a hunter education course must be successfully completed. To obtain a regular fur taker permit, a hunter education course and trapper education course must be successfully completed. Apprentice licenses and fur taker permits are available to both Ohio residents and nonresidents, youth and adults.

Apprentice Hunting License or Fur Taker Permit holders MUST be accompanied by a licensed hunter or fur taker age 21 or older. Accompany means to go along with another person while staying within a distance from the person that enables uninterrupted, unaided visual and auditory communication.

Use the table below to understand Ohio’s laws regarding accompanying an apprentice license or permit holder.

Type of Hunter Must be Accompanied When… Must be Accompanied By… Can the Accompanying Adult Hunt? Must the Accompanying Adult be a Licensed Hunter? Law Reference
Apprentice hunting license holder, regardless of age Hunting at all times Licensed hunter age 21 or older Yes, if properly licensed, except during any season desginated as a Youth Season Yes ORC 1533.102

Free License Eligibility

Free licenses can be obtained from a license agent and must be carried while hunting. License applications are available at wildohio.gov or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543).

  • Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937 will receive a free fishing license, hunting license, either-sex deer permit, antlerless deer permit, spring and fall turkey permits, Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, and fur taker permit. Ohio residents age 66 and older who were born on or after January 1, 1938 are eligible for reduced-cost licenses and permits.
  • Ohio residents who are holders of a veteran’s license plate displaying the international wheelchair symbol must apply in writing for a free hunting license, fur taker permit, either-sex deer permit, spring or fall turkey permit, and an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp endorsement. Applications must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • 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 a free hunting license, fur taker permit, either-sex deer permit, turkey permit, and Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp. Applications must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • 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.
  • Free Hunting and Fishing License Application: Disabled Veterans & Former POWs
  • Free Fishing License Application: Mobility Impaired & Residents of Institution

Hunter and Trapper Education

All first-time hunting license buyers, except apprentice license buyers, must successfully complete a hunter education course before purchasing a hunting license. The hunting course is designed to instill a code of ethics and responsibility, as well as provide instruction on guns and how they work, types of ammunition, gun handling, field care of game, wildlife identification, wildlife management, hunting regulations, and other topics. Statistics show that hunter education has helped reduce the number of hunting related injuries and incidents.

The trapper education course, taken after successful completion of a hunter education course, covers trap set making, trapping equipment, pelt preparation, furbearer life history, identification, and management. These courses provide an opportunity for adults to introduce a young person to hunting and trapping and to share the excitement that goes with it.

Anyone applying for a hunting license is required to successfully complete a hunter education course. Applicants must do one of the following:

  • Present a previously held hunting license.
  • Present evidence of having successfully completed a hunter education course (from any state).
  • Swear he or she is 21 years of age or older and previously held a legal hunting license (from any state).
  • Obtain an Apprentice License.

To obtain a fur taker permit, applicants must do one of the following:

  • Present a previously held hunting license (from any state).
  • Present evidence of having successfully completed a trapper education course.
  • Swear he or she is 21 years of age or older and previously held a legal hunting license (from any state).
  • Obtain an Apprentice Permit.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife offers both traditional instructor-led hunter and trapper education courses along with a home-study option. The home-study hunter education course requires a four hour hands-on training component. Persons interested in taking a hunter, trapper or advanced hunting course can find information online or call the Ohio Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE.

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

Ohio is a member of the agreement between states that if a person loses their hunting, trapping, or fishing privileges in one of those states, they may lost those privileges in all of the member states. If you lose your right to hunt, trap, or fish in Ohio, it is your responsibility to check with any other state before you hunt, trap, or fish there to ensure you have not lost your privileges in that state as well.

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