Hunting Licenses

2018-2019 Changes

  • White-tailed deer hunting on public land has new regulations. See page 7.
  • Duck bag limits have changed for some species. See page 22.
  • Fall wild turkey hunting has expanded in three new counties. See page 14.
  • A permit is required to shoot at Class B and Class C firearm target ranges. See page 40.

Quick Links

Game Check

Hunters now have several options for automated game check. They may check their deer or turkey:

  1. On the Internet at
  2. By telephone at 1-877-TAG-ITOH (1-877-824-4864) - This option is only available to those who are required to purchase a deer or turkey permit to hunt deer or turkeys. Hunters checking their harvest as a landowner cannot use the telephone option.

Your Purchasing Options


We offer a safe and secure Web site for purchasing with your credit card. All license buyers (resident and non-resident) may purchase license and permits online.

Purchase Online


If you wish to purchase a 1- or 3-day fishing license, you may now do so by telephone with the following two options:

  1. Dial 1-866-703-1928 to talk to a live operator who will walk you through the transaction. An additional $5.50 convenience fee will apply.
  2. Dial 1-855-764-3474 to use an interactive voice response (IVR) system to complete the transaction. A $3.25 convenience fee will apply. To use this option, you must have and provide your customer ID number.

In both cases, you will be issued a license number and must carry it along with picture ID as proof that you are properly licensed. No printed license is provided.

License Requirements

Resident Adult Licenses - For Ohio residents age 18-65 at the time of purchase.

Youth Licenses - For Ohio residents & non-residents younger than age 18 at the time of purchase.

Non-Resident Licenses - For non-residents age 18 and older at the time of purchase.

Resident Reduced-Cost Senior Licenses - for Ohio residents age 66 and older, and who were born on or after January 1, 1938.

Resident Free Senior Licenses - for Ohio residents born on or before December 31, 1937.

Shooting Range Permits - required of shooters age 18 or older for admission to Class-A ranges operated by the Division of Wildlife.

Duplicate Licenses and Permits - Lost, stolen, or destroyed licenses and/or permits may be re-issued at any license sales location. The cost is $4.00 for each duplicate license and/or permit.