OH: DNR: Nonresidents comprise large portion of Ohio hunters
Columbus – Last year, more than 11.5 percent of all hunting
license purchasers in Ohio were nonresidents.
And, nonresident hunters in Ohio have grown by more than 35
percent since 2009.
This is all according to a new study just produced by the
National Shooting Sports Foundation on behalf of the DNR.
The contiguous states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and West
Virginia make up 25.6 percent of the nonresident hunters coming
here, according to the report. These states’ residents make up 3.8
percent of Ohio’s total hunting population.
For residents, the Columbus area produces the most hunters,
making up 10.7 percent of all licensed hunters. However, by and
large, most resident and nonresident hunters come from rural or
small town settings, the report indicates.
About 34 percent of resident hunters bought a hunting license in
each of the past five years. And, the report indicates, resident
hunters between 45 and 64 years of age were most likely to purchase
an annual license.
Residents are the more dependable license buyers, according to
the report. Only 9.7 percent of all nonresidents purchased an Ohio
license in all of the past five years. In fact, more than half
(57.2 percent) of all nonresidents purchased a license just once in
the past five years.
Tradition also plays a part in nonresident licensure, the report
shows. Nonresident hunters age 65 and older were more likely to
purchase an Ohio license than younger hunters.
Deer tags are the largest economic factor in the licensing
process, the report shows. Both male (82 percent) and female (77.4
percent) resident hunters are most likely to hunt deer. Male (88.8
percent) and female (84.8 percent) nonresident hunters are more
likely to hunt deer than any other quarry.
Other interesting aspects of the report include these
• Nonresident waterfowl hunters are more likely than any other
hunter types to come from rural or suburban affluent areas.
• The greatest overlap in hunter types (according to quarry) is
in waterfowl hunters. More than 83 percent of these hunters are
also deer hunters and 55 percent are also turkey hunters.
• Resident buyers have steadily declined in the number of
licenses purchased (11.7 per cent) over the past five years. Turkey
permit purchases have also declined by 14.2 percent over that same
span and wetland habitat stamps have declined by 19.5 percent.
• At the same time, the number of deer permits that have been
sold remained steady over the past five years.
• Resident hunter numbers have rebounded from a low of 331,715
in 2008 to 337,364 and 2009, nearly matching the highest level of
337,722 in 2006.
•Nonresident hunter numbers experienced a steady increase from
2005 (32,454) to 2009 (43,668), resulting in a net increase of 35
percent over the period.
• In 2009, 82.5 percent of resident hunters and 89.3 percent of
nonresident hunters purchased deer licenses.
• Resident and nonresident hunters are predominately male.
• Nonresident hunters tend to be younger than resident
• Generally, Ohio hunters are becoming increasingly older.
• Most resident hunters of all quarries are located were most
people in Ohio live, around the urban centers of Cincinnati,
Columbus, Cleveland and Akron. These hunters, however, make up a
smaller percentage of the population in these areas than in more
• Deer hunters come from across the nation to hunt in Ohio, but
are mainly east of the Mississippi River.
• Turkey hunters are more concentrated in a ring around the
• Nonresident waterfowl hunters are even more concentrated,
coming mainly from Pittsburgh, and the out-of-state suburbs of
Toledo and Cincinnati.
• A greater percentage of nonresident hunters (57.8 percent)
live in rural areas than resident hunters (51.4 percent).
• Hunters who purchased a license annually from 2005-2008 but
then lapsed in 2009 tended to be hunters who are 65 years old or
older and male.