Ohio hunters should experience good opportunities for success as they take to the field in search of waterfowl throughout the hunting seasons, according to the ODNR. Waterfowl seasons stretch from October through January, allowing sportsmen and women to pursue many popular waterfowl species.
This positive outlook is based on findings by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) biologists and detailed in the USFWS Status Report and Adaptive Harvest Management Report. The reports provide information from continental surveys and are available on the ODNR Division of Wildlife Waterfowl Hunting Resources page at www.wildohio.com.
Canada geese are the most harvested waterfowl in Ohio. The 78-day Canada goose season beginning in October allows hunters to harvest three geese daily. Ohio’s spring breeding population estimate was 147,500 geese, near the record high for the 20-plus years the survey has been conducted. Migrant interior goose populations (Canada’s Southern James Bay and the Mississippi Valley) had above normal gosling production, suggesting the Canada goose migration into Ohio this year could be above normal.
- n Goose hunting in the Lake Erie Canada Goose Zone is Oct. 12-27 and Nov. 9-Jan. 9, 2014.
- n Goose hunting in the North Zone is Oct. 19-Nov. 3 and Nov. 30-Jan. 30, 2014.
- n Goose hunting in the South Zone is Oct. 19-Nov. 3 and Nov. 30-Jan. 30, 2014.
- Ohio waterfowl hunters will also enjoy a 60-day duck hunting season beginning in October. The daily bag limit for ducks is six, which may not include more than four mallards (no more than one may be female), three wood ducks, one black duck, two redheads, three scaup, two canvasbacks, two pintails and one mottled duck. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, of which no more than two may be hooded mergansers. The daily bag limit for coots is 15.
- n Duck hunting season in the Lake Erie Marsh Zone is Oct. 12-27 and Nov. 9-Dec. 22.
- n Duck hunting season in the North Zone is Oct. 19-Nov. 3 and Nov. 30-Jan. 12, 2014.
- n Duck hunting season in the South Zone is Oct. 19-Nov. 3 and Dec. 14-Jan. 26, 2014.