By Dan Armitage, the Buckeye Sportsman
For thousands of Ohio hunters — and I’m one of ‘em — fall doesn’t really begin until the season opens on ring-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit and bobwhite quail. This year, that all begins on Friday, Nov. 4, when rabbits, pheasants and quail may be hunted from sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limits for all three species remain unchanged from the 2011 season at four rabbits, two pheasants (roosters only) and four quail per hunter.
Cottontail rabbit hunting continues through Feb. 29, and ring-necked pheasant hunting is open through Jan. 8, 2012. Both seasons are closed only during the statewide 2011 deer-gun hunting season, Nov. 28 through Dec. 4, and Dec. 17 and 18.
The Division of Wildlife releases pheasants on selected public hunting areas throughout the state on opening day of the pheasant season, the second and third Saturdays of the season, and Thanksgiving Day. Go to www.wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE for locations of specific release sites.
Bobwhite quail hunting is limited to 16 counties in southern Ohio: Adams, Athens, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Jackson, Meigs, Montgomery, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Warren. The season continues through Nov. 27.
Additional hunting information is contained in the 2011-2012 Ohio Hunting Regulations brochure, which is available where hunting licenses are sold, on the Internet at ohiodnr.com/wildlife, www.wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE. For more from Armitage, see the November issue of Ohio’s Country Journal.