2024-25 Ohio hunting, fishing licenses on sale now

Hunting and fishing licenses for 2024-25 are on sale now, according to a Feb. 29 news release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Licenses can be purchased at wildohio.gov, on the HuntFish OH mobile app, or at participating agents statewide.

License sales fund the Division of Wildlife’s projects and programs that benefit wildlife and people, according to the release. The Division of Wildlife manages or cooperatively manages more than 2 million acres of water and 750,000 acres of diverse wildlife areas. These habitats support popular game species, such as deer, turkey, and walleye, as well as key species, such as bald eagles and monarch butterflies.

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Ohio’s annual resident hunting licenses for the 2024-25 seasons are $19 for adults and $10 for youth. Hunting licenses are valid immediately after purchase through Feb. 28, 2025. All hunters, regardless of age, are required to carry a valid hunting license to hunt or trap in Ohio, according to the release.

Ohio’s resident fishing licenses are $25, valid for one year from the date of purchase. A fishing license is required to fish in Ohio public waters for anyone age 16 or older.

Multiyear hunting and fishing licenses are also available, with three-year, five-year, 10-year, and lifetime licenses on sale.
The Division of Wildlife also offers a free HuntFish OH mobile app for license purchases. Deer and turkey hunters can use the app to check their harvest, even without a cellphone signal. Anglers can find boat ramps, public waters, and wildlife areas on the map. App users can also purchase permits, report wildlife sightings, and read current regulations.

Funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, along with excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment, directly benefit wildlife management and habitat conservation efforts in Ohio, according to the release. Funds also support improvements to fishing access, shooting ranges, and wildlife areas. Visit wildohio.gov to learn more.

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