Hunters May Apply Online for Ohio's Controlled Deer Hunts

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Hunters wanting to participate in Ohio's fall controlled deer and waterfowl hunts have until July 31 to submit permit applications for a random drawing. Hunters can submit their applications online at . The application fee is $3 per hunt for those who apply online and $5 for those who mail their applications.  Application fees are non-refundable.  

These special hunts are held each fall on selected public areas to provide additional hunting opportunities. 

The early muzzleloader deer hunt is October 22-27.  Both adults and youths who are interested in participating in this hunt must submit a controlled hunt application. All hunters who apply by the deadline will receive a permit, indicating whether the hunter can kill an antlered or antlerless deer. A majority of the permits will be for antlerless deer.

Special deer hunts also are slated for:

  • Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (Lucas County),
  • NASA/Plumbrook Station (Erie County),
  • Ravenna Training & Logistics Site (Portage County), as well as the
  • Mosquito Creek (Trumbull County),
  • Killdeer Plains (Wyandot County), and
  • Old Woman Creek (Erie County) state wildlife areas. 

Waterfowl hunts will be conducted at:

  • Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (Lucas County),
  • Magee Marsh (Ottawa County),
  • Mosquito Creek (Trumbull County), and
  • Mercer (Mercer County) state wildlife areas.

In addition to online submissions, paper applications can be obtained by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543). Hunters will be selected at random from submitted applications and notified by U.S. mail in September. Only those selected will be notified.

More specific information about hunt dates and locations, including opportunities dedicated to youths, women, and mobility-impaired hunters, can be found at