When Is Raccoon Season In Ohio
- 0.1 Ohio Hunting
- 0.2 DURING The DEER Seasons
- 0.3 Coyote Hunting and TRAPPING
- 0.4 Groundhog Hunting
- 0.5 Squirrel Hunting
- 0.6 Quail Hunting
- 0.7 Pheasant Hunting
- 0.8 FOX, RACCOON, SKUNK,
- 0.9 Rabbit Hunting
- 0.10 GROUSE Hunting
- 0.11 Feral swine (wild boar)
- 1 Seasons & Hours
- 2 Raccoon
- 2.1 Raccoon
- 2.2 Small Game Hunting Permit
- 2.3 Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit
- 2.4 Resident Trapping Permit
- 2.5 Nonresident Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit
- 2.6 Military Reduced Cost Permit
- 2.7 Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit (residents only)
- 2.8 Lifetime Conservation Partner (Hunting and Fishing) Permit (residents only)
- 2.9 Archer’s Hunting Permit
- 2.10 Allowed Methods
- 3 Helping Wildlife – Raccoons
|Species||Opening Date||Closing Date||daily Limit|
|Squirrel (red, gray, fox, black)||Sept. 1, 2017||Jan. 31, 2018||6|
|Ruffed Grouse||Oct. 14, 2017||Jan. 31, 2018||2|
|Cottontail Rabbit||Nov. 3, 2017||Feb. 28, 2018||4|
|Ring-necked Pheasant||Nov. 3, 2017||Jan. 14, 2018||2 (males only)|
|Chukar||Nov. 3, 2017||Jan. 14, 2018||2|
|Bobwhite Quail: Select counties||Nov. 3, 2017||Nov. 26, 2017||4|
|Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel||Nov. 10, 2017||Jan. 31, 2018||No Limit|
|Crow: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday Only||June 2, 2017||March 3, 2018||No Limit|
|June 1, 2018||March 2, 2019|
|Coyote||No closed season||No Limit|
|Feral Swine (wild boar)||No closed season||No Limit|
|Groundhog||Closed for deer gun season only||No Limit|
|Youth Small Game||Oct. 21, 2017||Oct. 22, 2017||Same as the regular season|
|Oct. 28, 2017||Oct. 29, 2017|
HUNTING OTHER GAME
DURING The DEER Seasons
It is unlawful to hunt any wild animal except deer, coyote, waterfowl, or feral swine (wild boar) during the seven-day deer gun season, Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2017, between 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. However, you cannot hunt coyote or feral swine (wild boar) between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise during any of the deer gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.
Coyote Hunting and TRAPPING
If hunted during the deer gun season, hours and legal hunting devices are the same as for deer gun season.
Rifles and night vision scopes are legal for coyote hunting; however, rifles and night hunting between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise are prohibited during any deer gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.
No restriction on hours. Closed only during the seven-day deer gun season, Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2017.
Red, gray, fox, and black squirrels are legal game. Hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Closed during the seven-day deer gun season, Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2017.
Hours are sunrise to sunset in open counties.
Hours are sunrise to sunset. Only male pheasants may be killed. Closed during the seven-day deer gun season, Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2017.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife will release pheasants for the youth small game weekends, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. Additional releases will occur for Nov. 3, Nov. 10, and Nov. 23. The number of pheasants released will depend upon numbers available.
Releases will take place at the Ringneck Ridge Wildlife Area (by permit only, find additional information at sanduskycountyparks.com), Charlemont Metro Park (Lorain County), and the following wildlife areas during pheasant hunting season: Berlin, Caesar Creek, Camp Belden, Darke, Delaware, Fallsville, Grand River, Highlandtown, Indian Creek, Killdeer Plains, Oxbow Lake, Pleasant Valley, Resthaven, Rush Run, Salt Fork, Spencer, Spring Valley, Tiffin River, Tri-Valley, West Branch, Wyandot, and Zepernick.
FOX, RACCOON, SKUNK,
OPOSSUM, AND WEASEL
No restrictions on hours except during the seven-day deer gun season, Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2017. These species may not be hunted between 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset during the seven-day deer gun season. Hunters must purchase a hunting license and a fur taker permit to hunt these species.
Hours are sunrise to sunset. Closed during the seven-day deer gun season, Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2017. Snowshoe hares are a protected species and not legal game.
Hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Closed during the seven-day deer gun season, Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2017.
Feral swine (wild boar)
Feral swine are a non-native, invasive species. Feral swine are also known as wild boar, feral hogs, and feral pigs. Hunters are encouraged to report all sightings to the ODNR Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543), or [email protected]
You must possess a valid hunting license to hunt feral swine. If hunted during the deer gun season, hours and legal hunting devices are the same as for deer gun season. Rifles and night vision scopes are legal for feral swine hunting; however, rifles and night hunting between 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise are prohibited during any deer gun and deer muzzleloader seasons.
It is illegal to transport a trapped feral swine in Ohio. It is legal to live trap feral swine at any time, provided the feral swine are immediately euthanized at the trap location. It is illegal to use a foothold trap or snare for feral swine.
Legal small game & Furbearer Hunting Equipment
Squirrel, Grouse, Rabbit, Pheasant, Chukar, Quail, Fox, Raccoon, Skunk, Opossum, Weasel, Crow, Coyote, Feral Swine, Groundhog
Longbow or Bow: This includes compound bows and recurve bows.
Seasons & Hours
Nov 15 2020 to Jan 31 2021
Daily limit: Any number
Possession limit: Any number
During any portion of the firearms deer season, furbearer hunters must also possess an unfilled firearms deer hunting permit.
Small Game Hunting Permit
Limits are set for each species’ hunting or trapping season. Check the species and season listings for information about limits.
Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit
Limits are set for each species and hunting or trapping season. Check the species and season listings for information about limits.
Resident Trapping Permit
Nonresident Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit
Limits vary by species and season.
Military Reduced Cost Permit
Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit (residents only)
Lifetime Conservation Partner (Hunting and Fishing) Permit (residents only)
Archer’s Hunting Permit
Deer: Two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer may be taken before November 16.
Turkeys: Two turkeys of either sex.
Furbearers: See Seasons for prescribed limits. Hunters may sell furbearers harvested under this permit. Nonresidents may not harvest furbearers with this permit.
Small game: See Seasons for prescribed limits.
- Pistols, revolvers, and rifles propelling a single projectile at one discharge
- Firearms powered by spring, air, or compressed gas
- Shotguns not larger than 10 gauge with magazine cut off or plugged to reduce the capacity to no more than three shells.
- Bows, including longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows.
- Dogs may be used
- Artificial lights are allowed if raccoons are treed with the aid of dogs.
- Electronic calls or electronically activated calls may be used.
During fall deer season, hunters must have an unfilled firearms deer hunting permit and a permit to hunt small game.
- Traps must have smooth or rubber jaws only
- Foot-hold trap
- Conibear or other killing-type trap
- Foot-enclosing trap
- Cage-type trap
- Colony traps with openings no greater than 6 inches in height and 6 inches wide
- Cable restraint devices
- Snare set underwater
Within communities having 10,000 or more inhabitants, only cage-type or foot-enclosing traps, may be set within 150 feet of any residence or occupied building.
- Arrows containing any drug, poison, chemical, or explosive
- Poisons, tranquilizing drugs, chemicals, or explosives
- Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive, or molest wildlife
- Artificial lights to search for, harass, or disturb wildlife
- You may not take wildlife from or across a public roadway with a firearm, bow, or crossbow
- Snares set on land
- Traps may not be set in paths made or used by people or domestic animals
- Killing-type traps may not be set along public roadways.
You may not possess night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.
Dogs may not be used during daylight hours from Nov. 1 through the end of the November portion statewide and antlerless portion in open counties.
Helping Wildlife – Raccoons
Raccoons (Procyon lotor) can, and do, live almost anywhere with access to food, water and shelter. Considered one of the most adaptable mammals in Ohio, these opportunistic animals will eat everything from berries and acorns to frogs and your trash. Raccoons are nocturnal, sleeping during the day and being active at night.
Raccoons can breed after one year of age, and generally have one litter annually with an average of four babies. Raccoons are excellent mothers, and will retrieve offspring when they fall or wander from the nest. They also have alternate nest sites if the primary nest is destroyed. Give mother raccoons plenty of time to find and rescue their young. Raccoon babies will open their eyes around 19 days and be weaned by seven weeks. Even after being weaned, juvenile raccoons stay with their mother into fall, sometimes through their first winter.
Just because a raccoon is out in the day does not mean it is ill; it may have been displaced from its resting location or it could be malnourished and needs to spend more time searching for food. However, if raccoons are sitting in vulnerable, visible locations for long periods of time or appearing ill or injured they should be brought to Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital.
Rabies is currently “migrating” west from Pennsylvania and it has been found in Ohio raccoons in the northeastern counties. So far, however, it has not been documented in the central Ohio counties. Ohio Wildlife Center accepts adult raccoons from all counties, however raccoons admitted from the following northeastern “hot” counties (where rabies has been confirmed) must be euthanized upon intake: Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, Monroe, Portage, Summit, and Trumbull
If the raccoon is showing signs of lethargy, disorientation, seizures and approaching humans, there is a chance the animal may be showing signs of the Canine Distemper Virus (CDV). Ohio Wildlife Center receives many positively identified CDV raccoons annually, and unfortunately there is no treatment currently available for this disease. Raccoons that are admitted to Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital with suspected CDV will be observed carefully with supportive care before confirming or refuting the presence of CDV. CDV is not transmissible to humans; however, the virus is the same virus found in dogs and has the potential to infect unvaccinated pets. If a questionable raccoon is in the vicinity, bring all pets indoors. Properly vaccinated dogs are not at risk of contracting CDV.
As raccoons like to den, they can be easy to lure into crates, boxes, garbage cans, etc. Food can also be used to help lure them in the container. If unable to lure easily, a broom or shovel can be used to help coax animal into the container. Alternatively, SCRAM! Wildlife Control, a service of Ohio wildlife Center, will pick up injured or ill raccoons for a fee that directly supports Ohio Wildlife Center’s nonprofit mission. Contact SCRAM! At 614-763-0696 or fill out an online request form.
In Ohio it is illegal to relocate any animal at high potential risk for rabies (skunk, opossum, raccoon, coyote, fox, beaver). Additionally, it is illegal to “relocate” an animal in a Metro Park, State Park or on any other public land without permission. All trapped animals must be released on the premises within 24 hours or euthanized according with the law (see section 1501:31-15-03 (E)(3) of the Ohio Administrative Code).
In addition to being illegal, studies have shown that relocated animals have a very poor chance of survival in new surroundings. Many people like to take wild animals adapted to urban environments and dump them in parks or near farms that are completely foreign to them. This relocated animal not only has to defend itself against resident animals who know the territory, but it must learn to forage in a completely new environment. The stress placed upon the individual will likely lead to its demise.
If you have already trapped and relocated (or shot and killed) the adult and you hear babies crying hours or days later, they cannot be admitted to Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital. When any adult raccoon, coyote, fox, opossum, skunk, or beaver is trapped and relocated or disposed of, the babies left behind are considered “nuisance” progeny and cannot be legally rehabilitated. If a pest control company was involved with the adult exclusion, alert the company involved to return to complete their job. Otherwise the animals must be admitted to Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital for euthanasia only. If the location of the mother is known, attempt reuniting at all costs.
The State of Ohio considers raccoons to be nuisance animals. By law, Ohio Wildlife Center is not permitted to raise infant raccoons if you have purposely trapped and relocated or fatally injured an adult mother raccoon. In accordance with State law, you may bring the babies to Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital for euthanasia only (see section 1501:31-15-03 (E)(3) of the Ohio Administrative Code). If you worked with a professional trapping company, you must contact the company to have them return and take responsibility for the offspring as well. If you relocated the parents, please make every attempt to reunite the babies before bringing them to our hospital for euthanasia.
As dusk nears when the mother is out foraging, place the infants in an open box outside of the shed and seal up the entrance to the shed. When she returns and discovers the entrance is sealed, she will likely transport the babies to an alternate den site. This can also be done with babies in a chimney. Grab them from above the flue; place them in a box either securely on the roof if accessible or alongside the house where the chimney is located. Place a chimney cap to prevent raccoons from returning. If one or more infants are left behind, pick up the infant and gently pinch the skin to elicit a cry response, and then place it back in the box. This will hopefully attract the nearby mother and she will come retrieve her infant. As raccoons are nocturnal, make sure you leave the box out overnight to give the mother raccoon plenty of time to retrieve the infants.
Ohio Wildlife Center does not accept tame, hand-raised raccoons for rehabilitation or placement. Many people find babies in the spring when they are young and will raise them at home without the proper permits or training. We usually start getting phone calls in the fall when the people can no longer handle the “tame” raccoons that are tearing up their homes or they are too busy to care for them because they are going back to school, etc. Please contact the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Ohio Wildlife Center only accepts infant raccoons from Franklin and Delaware counties for rehabilitation ONLY after there has been an attempt made to reunite them with their mother for at least one night. Put towels or dry leaves in a box and cut a hole in the side for the mother to come in and get her babies out, and provide a heat source (hot water bottle or white rice in an old sock and heat in the microwave – both reheated every two to three hours). Place the box near the location where you found the babies. The raccoons must be left out overnight, as this is when the adults are most active and will be searching for their young.
We can take them from other counties for euthanasia only due to constrained resources with this species. We also only rehabilitate infants with their eyes open as they have a greater chance of survival. We do accept adults from all counties, although raccoons from the “hot” counties (Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, Monroe, Portage, Summit, and Trumbull) will be admitted for euthanasia only. If you have an infant raccoon outside of these counties, please contact a nearby licensed wildlife rehabilitator and use Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital only as a last resort.
DO NOT offer any type of milk or formula or attempt to hand rear the infant yourself. The impromptu introduction of a strange milk or formula nearly always results in lethal digestive problems. Because young wild animals do not have obvious methods of exhibiting fear, such as biting and flight attempts, people often do not realize the amount of stress an animal endures when it is handled by a human. Consequently, many infant and juvenile animals are killed by kindness.
It is unlikely that multiple young should be wandering around without an adult present. Adults rarely leave their offspring vulnerable to predators. It is likely that the young are orphans. Monitor the young for a 24-hour period. If no adults are seen after that period, collect and bring them to Ohio Wildlife Center’s Hospital or contact the nearest licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Raccoons may wonder into garages when the door is left open. First, remove access to food, such as bird seed or trash. Open the garage door before dusk and sprinkle an 8-inch band of white flour under it and watch for exiting footprints. Close the door once the animal is gone.
If this problem occurs in spring or summer, and the garage has been open for a long period, it is most likely a mother with babies. She is likely to be in the rafters or on a high shelf with her cubs, and you don’t want to separate her from her babies. In this case, follow these steps:
- Let them stay until they leave on their own (kindest option)
- Try to evict them by placing vinegar-soaked rags and a blaring radio in the garage near the den site.
- Typically moms will move their young in response to harassment, but she may be resistant to leaving right away.
- SCRAM! Wildlife Control can be called (for a fee) to evict the family unit outside of the garage without trapping, killing or relocating.