The Ohio migratory bird hunting season begins on the first day of September with hunters being able to target multiple species.
Ohio bird hunters will be able to hit the field after their favorite migratory bird species starting on September 1. The species that will be able to be hunted on the first day of the Ohio migratory bird hunting season include mourning dove, Canada geese, rail, moorhen, and snipe.
An additional 20 days were added to dove season in Ohio in 2014 and that extended season will continue this year. The 2015 dove hunting seasons will run from September 1-November 8 and then again from December 12-January 1, 2016.
The daily bag limit is 15 birds with hunters being able to possess a maximum of 45 birds following the second day of the season.
According to the Ohio Wildlife Council and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the rest of the Ohio migratory bird hunting seasons are as follows:
- Special early season Canada goose: Sept. 1-15. Daily limit of five; possession limit of 15 after the second day.
- Early teal: Sept. 5-20. Daily limit of six; possession limit of 18 after the second day.
- Sora rail and Virginia rail: Sept. 1-Nov. 9. Daily limit of 25; possession limit of 75 after the second day.
- Common moorhen: Sept. 1-Nov. 9. Daily limit of 15; possession limit of 45 after the second day.
- Common snipe: Sept. 1-Nov. 29 and Dec. 19-Jan. 4, 2016. Daily limit of eight; possession limit of 24 after the second day.
- American woodcock: Oct. 10-Nov. 23. Daily limit of three; possession limit of nine after the second day.
In order to legally participate in the Ohio migratory bird hunting season, hunters must have a valid hunting license as well as an Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement, a federal duck stamp and a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. HIP certification must be obtained every year. Simply call 877-HIP-OHIO (447-6446) to get a new HIP certification.
All necessary licenses, stamps, and permits are available online through the Ohio Wildlife Customer Care Center.
For more information on the Ohio migratory bird hunting season, as well as other hunting and trapping regulations for 2015-16, visit wildohio.gov.