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Open Enrollment: Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership

Open Enrollment: Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership

Open Enrollment: Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership

Registration is now open for the Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership, a program intended to encourage “landowners to provide access to land for hunters.”


What you need to know

  • Registration is now open for the Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership
  • The program aims to incentivize “property owners to provide hunters with access to their land.”
  • ODNR says nearly 20,000 acres have been enrolled since the program began
  • Hunters can access these lands from September to June, provided they have a free daily access permit.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, registration for the program, which launched in 2021, is open until July 15. The ODNR said nearly 20,000 acres have been enrolled since the program began.

“Landowners can receive annual payments ranging from $2 per acre for cropland to $30 per acre for perennial wildlife habitats, such as grasslands, wetlands and forests,” the release reads. “Enrollment contracts are for two years, with the possibility of re-enrollment.”

Hunters can access these lands from September through June, provided they have a free daily access permit. These permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis so as not to overcrowd the lands, according to an ODNR news release.

Hunters are given rules for the property, and the landowner is informed when hunters will be on their property.

“All hunting activities, except gun and trapping hunting of white-tailed deer, are permitted for Ohio Landowner-Hunter Access Partnership users,” the release reads. “Permits can be obtained at wildohio.gov or on the free HuntFish OH mobile app.”

Part of the funding for this program comes from the federal Farm Bill. ODNR said a recent survey found that more than 80 percent of landowners who participated in the program would recommend it to others.

If you are interested in registering your property, click here.