Ohio 2022-23 Hunting Season Dates Announced

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife has announced the dates for the 2022-23 deer hunting season.

Wildlife officials say white-tailed deer are Ohio’s most popular game animal and the 2022-23 deer hunting dates are similar to last season.

As in years past, only one antlered deer may be harvested, regardless of where or how it is taken, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.

The deer hunting season dates for 2022-23 include:

Deer archery: Sept. 24, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023.
Youth deer gun: Nov. 19-20, 2022.
Deer gun: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2022; Dec. 17-18, 2022.
Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 7-10, 2023.

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

Bag limits will increase in 18 counties.

Three counties will increase to two deer (from one deer): Clinton, Fayette, and Pickaway.

Fifteen counties will increase to three deer (from two deer): Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Preble, Putnam, Shelby, Van Wert, and Washington.

Deer bag limit increases are designed to slow herd growth and provide additional hunting opportunities.

Hancock County and all bordering counties are three deer counties.

Get more on Ohio’s 2022-23 hunting seasons by clicking here.