Navigating Ohio’s Drone Laws for Deer Recovery

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Hello, fellow drone enthusiasts and wildlife lovers! We’re here to shed some light on a common question we’ve received regarding the use of drones in deer recovery in Ohio. Thanks to Lauren Sommers, a Customer Service Assistant at the Ohio Division of Wildlife, for providing valuable insights on this topic.

Understanding Ohio’s Drone Regulations

When it comes to the use of drones in hunting, the regulations are clear in Ohio. According to OAC 1501:31-15-02(B), it is illegal to use drones or any other aircraft to hunt, shoot, shoot at, kill, take, or attempt to take any wild bird or wild quadruped. In simple terms, drones cannot be used as a hunting tool to track, locate, or take down wild animals.


Deer Recovery and Drone Usage

However, here’s the crucial point to note: Aerial drones may be employed to aid in the recovery of deer that have already been shot or killed, as long as no one in the party is currently hunting or employing hunting implements. In such situations, drones can be a valuable tool to help locate and recover game animals more efficiently.

Ohio’s Deer Season Reminder

Let’s not forget that Ohio’s Deer Season kicks off on September 30th!  This is the perfect time to prepare for your hunt with Priority 1 Drones. Our drones are ideal for mapping hunting properties and aiding in deer recovery efforts after they’ve been hunted.

You can shop online at Priority 1 Drones ( or call our certified pilots at (844) 376-6370 for expert guidance on selecting the right equipment. Don’t miss out on a successful hunting season!

The Legal Aspect

If you find a wounded deer or need to recover game using a drone, make sure no active hunting is taking place in your party. The use of drones should strictly focus on recovery efforts. It’s also important to emphasize that if a deer is found to be still alive during recovery, drone usage should cease before hunting resumes.

Getting More Information

If you have any further questions or need clarification on Ohio’s wildlife regulations, don’t hesitate to reach out to the knowledgeable staff at the Ohio Division of Wildlife. You can contact them at 1-800-Wildlife (945-3543) or get in touch with Lauren Sommers directly at

In conclusion, understanding the legal use of drones in deer recovery is essential for responsible and ethical hunting practices in Ohio. Drones can be a valuable tool when used correctly and in compliance with state laws. Happy droning and safe hunting, Ohioans!


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