When it comes to public access options in the heart of whitetail country, Ohio is better than most. The Buckeye state offers roughly 700,000 acres of publicly owned land. While that’s less than three percent of the state, those acres are high quality but you will likely have to deal with some crowding.

Woodbury Wildlife Area

• 19,000 acres

• Good deer and turkey hunting in rolling habitat

• Fishing available in area streams, ponds and lakes

Wayne National Forest

• 250,000 acres scattered across southeast Ohio in various tracts

• Good deer, turkey and small-game hunting

• Abundant trails for access including ATV use in designated areas

Mohican Memorial State Forest

• 4,795 acres

• Good deer and turkey hunting

• Extensive trail system for access

Lake La Sa An Wildlife Area

• 2,430 acres

• Good deer and turkey hunting

• Youth turkey hunting by permit only

Scioto Trail State Forest

• 9,390 acres

• Good deer and turkey hunting

• Contains Scioto Trail State Park, offers two lakes for fishing

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Scioto Trail State Forest

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