Hunting and Game

The Land

The shores of Lake Erie are marked by upland fields and heavily wooded forests, making the area one of the top hunting destinations in the nation. Combine this with the fact that the CBO Lodge sits in the middle of one of the busiest migratory paths for waterfowl and you have the perfect storm of hunting opportunities.

Whether it is turkey hunting in the spring, whitetail in the fall, or game birds in between, we are ready to show you what world class hunting looks like.

Turkey

Covered Bridge Outfitters & Lodge is your resource for fully-guided Spring Turkey hunts. Our team can guide you on 950+ acres of private land across Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as 1,000’s of acres of Ohio and Pennsylvania public land, to pursue that tom you have always wanted. Spring Turkey hunting involves early mornings, stealth, near-stillness, season-specific camo, and perfect yelps, clucks, and cuts (fancy words for humans imitating female turkeys). Just as important as the tactics is the land that we own and manage to hold healthy populations of turkeys.

Spring Turkey hunting season in Ohio and Pennsylvania is generally open in the month of May, give or take a few days. During the Spring Turkey season, female turkeys (hens) are protected and not open for hunting. The target species in the Spring are mature male turkeys who gobble, strut, and parade to attract a female hen. Our team of guides are consistently in the Spring woods and fields leading up to the Spring Turkey season to visually and audibly confirm the location of flocks of turkey and specifically, large, long-bearded toms.

Our Spring Turkey hunts start at Covered Bridge Lodge with a welcome and intro to the upcoming hunt. All Turkey hunts enjoy an overnight stay at Covered Bridge Lodge and a minimum of one morning hunt. Never turkey hunted before? We are YOUR outfitter. Our guides have all the gear, camo, decoys, and knowledge to introduce you to turkey hunting

Whitetail Deer

Covered Bridge Outfitters & Lodge offers fully guided whitetail deer hunts. We cater to an individual who has never hunted a whitetail as well as the individual who is looking for prime, managed and maintained properties that have the potential to hold a buck that will hang on your wall for generations.

Guided whitetail deer hunting is offered in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. We have access to two distinct private properties that cover over 950 acres. Our properties have established annual and perennial food plots as well as permanent hunting stands and blinds. Our properties have dozens of trail cameras that are strategically placed to monitor deer herd health and density.

Upon the harvest of a deer, our guides will field dress and transport the deer to processing. Leave all the dirty work to us. Live out of state and want the rack and cape shipped to you? Not a problem. We are your outfitting partner for all deer hunting needs.

Deer hunting in Ohio and Pennsylvania beings in late September with archery season. The archery season continues through October, into November, covers all of December and concludes in January.

Upland Pheasant

Our hunts offer hundreds of acres of huntable upland fields that are precisely planted and managed for optimal cover throughout the harsh winter months. In addition to farmed fields of sorghum and other varieties, our hunting land offers stands of trees to hunt around, creeks to cross, lakes to view. We pride our pheasant hunts as not being the typical rectangular field that you make two passes on. Our pheasant land is a scenic rolling grounds property, split by trees, creeks and lakes. Also, we maintain a strict limit on annual hunts to best preserve the cover from over hunting and being trampled.

We provide two dogs (pointers or flushers) and two guides for each hunt. A standard pheasant hunt involves the placement of 24 birds total. We always set hens and roosters at a 50/50 ratio. A hunt with 24 pheasants can accommodate up to six hunters. With enough notice, we are happy to provide additional pheasants if you desire to see more birds. Depending on supply, we also have the ability to source upland birds such as partridges and chukar.

Hunts can begin in the morning or can be started in the afternoon. Certain conditions affect our hunts, such as heavy rain (pheasants won’t fly in the rain), abnormal heat, extreme wind, or extreme cold.

Each hunt includes a full hot lunch at the pheasant fields as well as a chef-cooked meal at Covered Bridge Lodge following the hunt. Our chefs are happy to cook any number of your recently harvested birds to complement your meal.

Waterfowl

Covered Bridge Lodge is ideally located in a populated waterfowl migration flyway. We offer fully guided waterfowl hunts on both private as well as public land. Our guided waterfowl hunts begin in the early Fall with wood duck and teal hunts. These hunts are conducted in heavily flooded timber marshes. Hunters will hunt in waders and will set up in the flooded timber and typically hunt from a marsh stool. Wood ducks and teal do not lock in to decoys the same way “big ducks” do. Early season wood duck and teal hunting is fast paced, edge-of-your-seat hunting where hunters must maintain vigilant for that flock to come instantly crashing into the marsh and flooded timber with little notice. If you have never been on a dedicated wood duck hunt, it is not to be missed and represents a very unique waterfowl hunting opportunity in our region.

Waterfowl hunting continues throughout the Fall and Winter with “big duck” hunting once the larger ducks migrate South to our area. Mallard ducks represent the majority of the big ducks in our region. Hunting is offered in private and public marsh lands. Our big duck hunts are normally conducted out of permanent duck blinds overlooking open marsh waters. Waders are needed for these hunts and our team of outfitters can help supply each hunter with all required waders.

Want to hunt big water? We offer that too. Our outfitting team can guide you on an open-water hunt where you will be hunting big water out of one of our fully camouflaged boats. Waders are not required for our big water hunts as the group will be exclusively hunting out of a boat.

Interested in goose hunting? Yup, we do that. We find the highest success in hunting geese over agriculture fields. Our goose hunts are offered on our private land in addition to private leased land and even public hunting land. Waders are not used in a field goose hunt as we are not near water and instead are set up where the geese spend the day feeding in an agricultural field. Various camouflage setups are implemented when hunting geese out of a field. We offer layout field blinds as well as dugout pit blinds. With all waterfowl hunting, wind is critical in where our outfitters set up the hunters. We have all options available to hunt nimbly and adjust to wind directions.

The shores of Lake Erie are marked by upland fields and heavily wooded forests, making the area one of the top hunting destinations in the nation. Combine this with the fact that the CBO Lodge sits in the middle of one of the busiest migratory paths for waterfowl and you have the perfect storm of hunting opportunities.

Whether it is turkey hunting in the spring, whitetail in the fall, or game birds in between, we are ready to show you what world class hunting looks like.

Local Game

Covered Bridge Outfitters & Lodge is your resource for fully-guided Spring Turkey hunts. Our team can guide you on 950+ acres of private land across Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as 1,000’s of acres of Ohio and Pennsylvania public land, to pursue that tom you have always wanted. Spring Turkey hunting involves early mornings, stealth, near-stillness, season-specific camo, and perfect yelps, clucks, and cuts (fancy words for humans imitating female turkeys). Just as important as the tactics is the land that we own and manage to hold healthy populations of turkeys.

Spring Turkey hunting season in Ohio and Pennsylvania is generally open in the month of May, give or take a few days. During the Spring Turkey season, female turkeys (hens) are protected and not open for hunting. The target species in the Spring are mature male turkeys who gobble, strut, and parade to attract a female hen. Our team of guides are consistently in the Spring woods and fields leading up to the Spring Turkey season to visually and audibly confirm the location of flocks of turkey and specifically, large, long-bearded toms.

Our Spring Turkey hunts start at Covered Bridge Lodge with a welcome and intro to the upcoming hunt. All Turkey hunts enjoy an overnight stay at Covered Bridge Lodge and a minimum of one morning hunt. Never turkey hunted before? We are YOUR outfitter. Our guides have all the gear, camo, decoys, and knowledge to introduce you to turkey hunting

Covered Bridge Outfitters & Lodge offers fully guided whitetail deer hunts. We cater to an individual who has never hunted a whitetail as well as the individual who is looking for prime, managed and maintained properties that have the potential to hold a buck that will hang on your wall for generations.

Guided whitetail deer hunting is offered in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. We have access to two distinct private properties that cover over 950 acres. Our properties have established annual and perennial food plots as well as permanent hunting stands and blinds. Our properties have dozens of trail cameras that are strategically placed to monitor deer herd health and density.

Upon the harvest of a deer, our guides will field dress and transport the deer to processing. Leave all the dirty work to us. Live out of state and want the rack and cape shipped to you? Not a problem. We are your outfitting partner for all deer hunting needs.

Deer hunting in Ohio and Pennsylvania beings in late September with archery season. The archery season continues through October, into November, covers all of December and concludes in January.

Our hunts offer hundreds of acres of huntable upland fields that are precisely planted and managed for optimal cover throughout the harsh winter months. In addition to farmed fields of sorghum and other varieties, our hunting land offers stands of trees to hunt around, creeks to cross, lakes to view. We pride our pheasant hunts as not being the typical rectangular field that you make two passes on. Our pheasant land is a scenic rolling grounds property, split by trees, creeks and lakes. Also, we maintain a strict limit on annual hunts to best preserve the cover from over hunting and being trampled.

We provide two dogs (pointers or flushers) and two guides for each hunt. A standard pheasant hunt involves the placement of 24 birds total. We always set hens and roosters at a 50/50 ratio. A hunt with 24 pheasants can accommodate up to six hunters. With enough notice, we are happy to provide additional pheasants if you desire to see more birds. Depending on supply, we also have the ability to source upland birds such as partridges and chukar.

Hunts can begin in the morning or can be started in the afternoon. Certain conditions affect our hunts, such as heavy rain (pheasants won’t fly in the rain), abnormal heat, extreme wind, or extreme cold.

Each hunt includes a full hot lunch at the pheasant fields as well as a chef-cooked meal at Covered Bridge Lodge following the hunt. Our chefs are happy to cook any number of your recently harvested birds to complement your meal.

Covered Bridge Lodge is ideally located in a populated waterfowl migration flyway. We offer fully guided waterfowl hunts on both private as well as public land. Our guided waterfowl hunts begin in the early Fall with wood duck and teal hunts. These hunts are conducted in heavily flooded timber marshes. Hunters will hunt in waders and will set up in the flooded timber and typically hunt from a marsh stool. Wood ducks and teal do not lock in to decoys the same way “big ducks” do. Early season wood duck and teal hunting is fast paced, edge-of-your-seat hunting where hunters must maintain vigilant for that flock to come instantly crashing into the marsh and flooded timber with little notice. If you have never been on a dedicated wood duck hunt, it is not to be missed and represents a very unique waterfowl hunting opportunity in our region.

Waterfowl hunting continues throughout the Fall and Winter with “big duck” hunting once the larger ducks migrate South to our area. Mallard ducks represent the majority of the big ducks in our region. Hunting is offered in private and public marsh lands. Our big duck hunts are normally conducted out of permanent duck blinds overlooking open marsh waters. Waders are needed for these hunts and our team of outfitters can help supply each hunter with all required waders.

Want to hunt big water? We offer that too. Our outfitting team can guide you on an open-water hunt where you will be hunting big water out of one of our fully camouflaged boats. Waders are not required for our big water hunts as the group will be exclusively hunting out of a boat.

Interested in goose hunting? Yup, we do that. We find the highest success in hunting geese over agriculture fields. Our goose hunts are offered on our private land in addition to private leased land and even public hunting land. Waders are not used in a field goose hunt as we are not near water and instead are set up where the geese spend the day feeding in an agricultural field. Various camouflage setups are implemented when hunting geese out of a field. We offer layout field blinds as well as dugout pit blinds. With all waterfowl hunting, wind is critical in where our outfitters set up the hunters. We have all options available to hunt nimbly and adjust to wind directions.

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