Hunting Ohio’s Wild Pheasants

This year I’m not going out of state to hunt, so I have decided the dog and I will focus on native Ohio pheasants. I know there are a few wild ones around and I’ll give it my best shot, but I m not overly optimistic. I’ll report back what I find. Have a good season.
 

Matt D

Active member
Best of luck. I think your expectations are where they should be but there are some out there. Hope you find some.
 

Jake300win

Member
I used to see some wild ones around Deer Creek . We had access to some private ground close to the lake in CRP. Good luck I know it's had to find wild birds in Ohio.
I don't live in Ohio any more but still go to the opener for the released birds on the WMA's
 

FLDBRED

Well-known member
There are still wild pheasants in Ohio and we know that first hand .Good luck and enjoy!
 

remy3424

Well-known member
Maybe the state should release hens through out the year and encouraging some CRP programs to create habitat...works in Iowa (not the bird release part), when there is hatibat there are birds...Pheasants Forever am a sure has been try to get that push through. It must not be important to the people in power that make these decisions. PF is strong in Iowa. Support your local chapters, attend their banquits, drop some money on the auctions and raffles there. These are the funds raising events that fund the chapters and allows them to lobby, provide assistant to create habitat and conduct youth events amount other things.
 

huntsem

Member
This year I’m not going out of state to hunt, so I have decided the dog and I will focus on native Ohio pheasants. I know there are a few wild ones around and I’ll give it my best shot, but I m not overly optimistic. I’ll report back what I find. Have a good season.
So what were your results now that the season is over?????
 
Saw zero birds. I avoided Deercreek because Everyone goes there. Also any areas they do pheasant releases. My over all opinion is the ODNR habitat looks like what deer hunters think pheasants would like. In complete honesty my dog did suffer a non-hunting related cut to her paw so I had a few weeks off. i tried back to out of state hunting next year.
 

Jake300win

Member
The releases aren't bad, opening day and thanksgiving are usually busy on the WMA's. I still always find space and don't have many encounters with other hunter, especially if you go alone or one other person. I used to Kill plenty of birds during the week day when I worked third shift I would just go in the morning after work and wouldn't hardly see any other hunters.
 
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