Wildlife Hotline Hours Extended for Ohio’s Deer-Gun Hunting Seasons


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife’s toll-free 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) general hunting information hotline will offer extended hours during the youth deer-gun season and prior to and during the deer-gun season.

The white-tailed deer-gun hunting seasons are when many of Ohio’s hunters have last-minute questions, and ODNR Division of Wildlife staff will be ready and available to assist. Special call center hours include:

  • 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24 for youth deer-gun season.
  • 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 8, for deer-gun season.
  • The hotline will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Ohioans are encouraged to help enforce state wildlife laws by reporting violations to the division’s Turn-In-a-Poacher (TIP) hotline by calling 800-POACHER (762-2437). Established in 1982, the TIP program allows individuals to anonymously call toll-free to report wildlife violations. The 800-POACHER hotline is open for calls 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

Tips concerning wildlife violations can also be submitted at wildohio.com. Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash award.

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