The ODWC manages and operates numerous areas across the state for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation purposes.
The primary objective on all lands owned or managed by the Department is the sound management and use of fish and wildlife resources resident thereon. Public use of Department-managed lands is permitted according to the following priorities:
- Hunting, fishing, trapping, running dogs for sport and associated activities.
- Other wildlife-oriented activities (nature observation or photography, and conservation education).
- Non-wildlife-related activities, when such activities do not conflict with the wildlife management objective (picnicking, hiking, backpacking, short-term camping, horseback riding).
- Large group activities (military training, organized trail rides).
Be sure to review additional Department-Managed Area Rules in the regulations online HERE.
You can also check out some of the Department Lakes managed by the ODWC. Additionally below are some resources to find additional places to go outdoors. For a list of WMA's with non-ambulatory access click here.
ODWC's Top Tip for Youth Deer Gun Season
While the most important thing is to make sure you just get out and go, we've got some additional important tips that we think you should know about for youth deer gun season!
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Benefits of Trapping for Landowners
A brief history on the evolution of trapping and how landowners can use regulated trapping in a variety of management strategies.
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