Public lands are important for wildlife habitat and populations, but they are also important for public recreation. Some of the best hunting and trapping opportunities in Ohio can be found on Ohio's wildlife areas. Hunting is a great way to spend time with friends and family, reconnect with nature, and an inexpensive and ethical way to fill your freezer with natural, free-range meat.
Hunting plays a critical role in the management of deer and other animal populations, which are carefully studied by the Division of Wildlife. The length of hunting seasons and other regulations are directly related to the need to thin or extend species numbers in the state. Without the help of Ohio hunters, a few of the risks include uncontrolled deer populations devastating crops and creating hazards for drivers on roads and highways throughout the state.