Ohio Division of Wildlife

From Open Energy Information

The Division of Wildlife is dedicated to conserving and preserving Ohio's fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, and promoting their use and appreciation by the people so that these resources continue to enhance the quality of life for all Ohioans. Land acquisition, harvest regulations, and licensing are fundamental tools in the management of Ohio's wildlife resources. The Division manages or cooperates in managing over three-quarters of a million acres of diverse wildlife lands throughout the state, plus more than 2 1/4 million acres of water. On the basis of biological data and public input, it issues regulations that supplement long-term statutes to protect wildlife and to provide the public with opportunities to benefit from wildlife for recreational, scientific, and other purposes.


To conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all.


The Division of Wildlife believes that:

  • Input from constituents and open lines of communication with the public are essential.
  • Fish and wildlife recreational is socially and economically important to Ohio.
  • Sustainable consumptive use of fish and wildlife through hunting, fishing, and trapping is at the heart of effective conservation.
  • Fish and wildlife management must be based on the best available science.
  • Partnerships are necessary for effective fish and wildlife conservation.
  • Conservation is our priority when managing lands and waters.
  • The right to own and use firearms is essential to continue our hunting and shooting sports tradition.
  • A dedicated and professional workforce is key to achieving long-term success.
  • Effective fish and wildlife conservation requires integration of a unified wildlife agency.
  • Diverse fish and wildlife populations benefit everyone.
  • Providing quality customer service is critical to achieving our mission.
  • Diverse and dedicated funding is necessary for fish and wildlife conservation.
  • Fiscal responsibility is crucial to the future of Ohio's fish and wildlife management.