Squirrel and pigeon hunting seasons open in Ohio this week

The Ohio Division of Wildlife has two camps established specifically for pigeon hunting in the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area in Wayne and Holmes counties.  One is at the corner of Force and Valley Roads, while the other is on Clark Road at Valley Road north of the pond.  Pigeon hunting is divided into two seasons: from September 1 to November 1.  December 8 and 12-January.  1. The daily baggage limit is 15.

The hunt in Ohio officially began on Tuesday, September 1 when the squirrel and pigeon seasons open.

The gray, fox, black and red squirrel hunt runs from September 1, 2020 to January 1.  January 31, 2021 in Ohio.  The daily bag limit is six.

While the red, gray, fox and black squirrel populations are ideal for a good season (September 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021 with a daily bag limit of 6), the same cannot be said for the pigeon population. as the numbers appear to be down for opening week.

While almost any agricultural field, especially a recently harvested field, is a good place to hunt doves, the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area specifically has two sections of land set aside for dove hunting.

“I drove through the fields this morning and the millet looks good, there is no vegetation in the recovery zone, but I don’t see any pigeons,” said Dennis Solon, Ohio Division of Wildlife manager for KMWA. “There just isn’t a buildup of birds yet.