A common problem for Ohio’s sporting dog owners and hunters is finding a place to pursue their sport. The Division of Wildlife addresses this problem in two ways:
- Encouraging continued hunting on private land with owner’s permission.
- Acquiring and developing lands for wildlife where the primary recreational use is hunting. Other wildlife-related recreational activities are encouraged to the degree compatible.
Field trials are allied to the sport of hunting. They make a contribution to maintaining breeds of dogs which add not only to the sport of hunting, but also the conservation of our wildlife resources by facilitating more efficient game harvest. Field trials specifically involve dogs or raptors, horses and game birds in an organized and judged event.
Field Trial Season:
- Private Land: September 1 - April 30
- Public Land: September 1 - October 31; March 1 - April 30
Note: Specific dates for field trials may be restricted at times on public lands because of conflict with the primary purpose of the area. Other compatible uses of the wildlife area are permitted in the field trail areas during the field trial seasons. Field trial events may not close or block any public access roads to wildlife areas.
Dog Training Areas:
- Berlin Wildlife Area - 117 acres
- Caesar Creek Wildlife Area - 75 acres
- Delaware Wildlife Area - 168 acres
- East Fork Wildlife Area - 100 acres
- Fallsville Wildlife Area - 50 acres
- Indian Creek Wildlife Area - 95 acres
- Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area - 156 acres
- Lake LaSuAn Wildlife Area - 15 acres
- Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area - 15 acres
- Resthaven Wildlife Area - 105 acres
- Rush Run Wildlife Area - 40 acres
- Spencer Wildlife Area - 103 acres
- Tri-Valley Wildlife Area - 250 acres
- Kokosing Wildlife Area - 7 acres
Field Trial Areas:
- Delaware Wildlife Area - 68 acres
- Grand River Wildlife Area - 337 acres
- Rush Run Wildlife Area - 170 acres
- Tri-Valley Wildlife Area - 2,523 acres
- Woodbury Wildlife Area - 437 acres
For complete details regarding field trials, please view the Guidelines for Field Trials For Sporting Dogs.