It’s a pheasant weekend for young hunters

More than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants are to be released at 27 Ohio public hunting areas this fall to provide hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Pheasants are to be released today and Oct. 25, prior to the small-game weekends for youth hunters. Hunters ages 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season this weekend and Oct. 26-27.

Ohio’s small game-hunting season begins Nov. 1 with pheasant releases to take place Oct. 31 and Nov. 8.

The final release of the year is scheduled to provide improved pheasant-hunting opportunities through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and is to take place Nov. 27.

Youth and regular pheasant hunting within the Ringneck Ridge Area in Sandusky County requires a free permit from the Sandusky County Park District.

For more information, call (419) 334-4495.

Pheasant hunting season opens Nov. 1 and continues through Jan. 5 with a daily bag limit of two male birds. No females can be taken. Females are all brown while the males have a green head, a red and brown body and long tail feathers.

Statewide pheasant hunting hours are sunrise to sunset.