Hunting Opportunities

Hunting on a Refuge

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge offers public and permit hunting opportunities. There are satellite properties that are open to public hunting for small game, upland birds, migratory birds, and turkey. Waterfowl and deer controlled hunts are managed in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Hunters must apply for permit hunts through the Division of Wildlife process each year.


Public Hunting

There are refuge units open to public hunting. All rules and general use information and maps are available below.
Hunting of white-tailed deer, turkey, ducks, geese, rails, gallinule, coot, dove, woodcock, snipe, pheasant, squirrels, rabbits, foxes, raccoon, skunk, opossum, ground hog and coyote is allowed in accordance with State regulations and only on these properties.

Hunt Brochure

Turkey Run Unit

The Turkey Run Unit is a 266 acre property located south of Oak Harbor. Hunting of the listed species is allowed in accordance with state regulations. Only the species listed may be hunted. Trapping is allowed with a refuge issued permit only. Contact the refuge for a permit. For more information see the hunt brochure. The property recently added to the east side of this unit is not open to hunting yet as it still needs to be surveyed and posted.
Location: Parking for this unit is located in the 6000 block of W. Little Portage East Road. GPS coordinates are 41°28'44.3"N - 83°03'41.8"W

Middle Toussaint Unit

The Middle Toussaint Unit is a 70 acre property located along the Toussaint River. Hunting of the listed species is allowed in accordance with state regulations. Only the species listed may be hunted. Trapping is allowed with a refuge issued permit only. Contact the refuge for a permit. For more information see the hunt brochure.
Location: Parking for this unit is located in the 12000 block of N. Toussaint North Road. GPS coordinates are 41.572750 N, -83.173093 W

Upper Toussaint Unit

The Upper Toussaint Unit is a 77 acre unit located along the Toussaint River between Rocky Ridge and Lickert-Harder Roads. Hunting is limited to the area north of the river. Hunting of the listed species is allowed in accordance with state regulations. Only the species listed may be hunted. Trapping is allowed with a refuge issued permit only. Contact the refuge for a permit. For more information see the hunt brochure.
Location: Parking for this unit is located at 41°33'10.2"N 83°12'40.3"W, enter the driveway at the intersection of Rocky Ridge Road and W. Toussaint North Road.

Two Rivers Unit - opening soon

The Two Rivers Unit has 73 acres that will be open after a boundary survey has been done and signs are posted. This unit is located South of Oak Harbor along the Portage River. Hunting is limited to the area north of the river. Hunting of the listed species is allowed in accordance with state regulations. Only the species listed may be hunted. Trapping is allowed with a refuge issued permit only. Contact the refuge for a permit. For more information see the hunt brochure.
Location: Parking for this unit is located in the 6000 block of W. Little Portage East Road. GPS coordinates are 41°28'44.3"N - 83°03'41.8"W

Metzger Marsh Unit

The Metzger Marsh Unit is 182 acres connected to the Metzger Marsh State Wildlife Area. This unit is located along the shore of Lake Erie at the northern boundary of Ottawa NWR. Hunting of the listed species is allowed in accordance with state regulations. Only the species listed may be hunted. Trapping is allowed with a refuge issued permit only. Contact the refuge for a permit.
Location: Parking is at the Metzger Marsh State Wildlife Area off Bono Road/Metzger Marsh State Road. Access is by foot and boat only.

Controlled Hunts by Permit Only

Interested hunters may apply for the controlled hunts through the Division of Wildlife application process. Typical deadline for these applications is July 31 of each year. To apply for a controlled hunt opportunity visit their website for more information.
If you have been selected for a hunt most questions can be answered by reading the specific hunt information on the Division of Wildlife website or reading the FAQ sheet below. Many refuge hunts are part of a partnership so you may find them under Magee Ottawa. Unit maps are available below.
Any questions not answered here can be directed toward the staff of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge by contacting us at 419-343-6793 or by email at ottawa@fws.gov


Frequently Asked Questions 

Hunt Brochure

White-Tailed Deer Hunting - Permit Hunts

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ohio Division of Wildlife have partnered in the establishment of a controlled white-tailed deer hunt. Public hunting will be allowed on the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in designated areas by permit only.
During these hunts the refuge is open to white-tailed deer hunting only. No other species of wildlife may be harvested during this hunt.
For information on past year's deer harvest please click here.

Waterfowl Hunting - Permit Hunts

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Ohio Division of Wildlife have partnered in the establishment of a controlled waterfowl hunt on the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Controlled waterfowl hunting will be allowed on the Refuge in designated areas by permit only.
During these hunts the refuge is open to waterfowl hunting only. No other species of wildlife may be harvested during this hunt.
Questions not listed may also be answered by reading the Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations for the current year.
For waterfowl harvest data from past years download our report here.

Youth Waterfowl Hunt Program

The Youth Waterfowl Workshop will not be held in 2020. Please check back for details about 2021. 

Controlled Waterfowl Hunt Program 

Waterfowl Hunt Map
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