Ohio Deer Hunting Season 2014-2015

Photo courtesy Jerry Keenan, license: CC BY 2.0

Buck, not photographed by me

Large mammals including deer and predators such as wolves and bear were wiped out in Ohio during the nineteenth century by hunting and deforestation. By 1904, there were no deer in Ohio. White-tailed deer were reintroduced to Ohio via a government stocking program in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Since their re-introduction to Ohio, deer have been very successful. They are found in every county in Ohio, both deep in the state forests, in local parks, and suburban fields and groves. Today, the deer population in Ohio exceeds 750,000.

Growth of the deer population has created problems and opportunities. Natural predators of deer have been eliminated from the state allowing deer populations to grow unchecked. Large deer herds in parks have demolished plants and small trees. Deer damage local farm crops and are involved in over 23,000 deer / car crashes each year. In 1943 a limited hunting program was established. Ohio hunters take over 200 thousand deer each year and generate more than $10 million in deer permit revenue for the state.

Deer hunting is permitted on certain public lands on limited dates with a proper permit. This includes parts of Wayne National Forest, most state forests, select parts of select state parks, most state wildlife areas, and select county parks.

The ODNR occasionally has limited hunts at state parks and nature preserves to control deer population – small numbers of permits are issued usually by lottery.

In our TrekOhio Guide to Parks & Preserves (see menu tabs on top of page), we have listed parks by county and we indicate which parks allow hunting. Please see the park web site for specific limitations. Hunters must comply with all state and local hunting regulations.




Here are the dates for Ohio 2014 / 2015 White-tailed Deer Season

  • Archery – Sept 27, 2014 – Feb 1, 2015
  • Muzzle-loader (antler-less deer only) – Oct 11-12, 2014
  • Youth Gun – Nov 22-23, 2014
  • Gun – Dec 1-7, 2014
  • Muzzle-loader – Jan 2-5, 2015

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset for all deer seasons.

Note: Lyme Disease

The tick that carries Lyme disease has become established in much of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources would like to get the word out that this tick continues to be active throughout the winter and poses a risk to hunters. For more information, check out our post entitled Bad tick-related news for Ohio.

Deer Season Information / Regulations

Hunter Education / Target Ranges

Additional Information

© Deborah Platt, Robert Platt and TrekOhio.com 2014

6 Responses to Ohio Deer Hunting Season 2014-2015

  1. Baylen adams says:

    Can I use me 25 pound Mathews genesis compound bow to hunt deer at 10-15 yards ?

  2. Mike c says:

    Im new to hunting and was just wondering were can i legally hunt thata close i live on Cleveland’s west side please help im really interested in this sport

  3. Sabrina says:

    I don’t like the fact that we have an early muzzleloader season in October before the rut. I also disagree with the bag limit . Six deer is to many ! The population has gone way down in the last few years , they need to drop it back down to 3 deer .

  4. mary says:

    Can we still hunt with our bow during youth weekend if we don’t have youths hunting with us?

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