Ohio Controlled Deer Archery Hunt

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In order to control the rapidly growing number of deer in the Lewis Center area of Alum Creek State Park in Delaware County, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will again sponsor a limited archery hunt between November 1, 2006 and January 31, 2007.

This area is approximately 320 acres in size and has a growing population of white-tailed deer. Forty archery hunters (20 for each of the two seasons), plus 10 alternates, will be selected using a lottery system. This will provide approximately 16 acres for each hunter participating in the management project. Urban deer permits will also be valid in this area.

"Deer thrive in the area because of an abundance of habitat found in the park, adjacent agricultural land and suburban backyards where hunting has been restricted or prohibited. The end result in these protected areas is an abundance of deer that leads to increased incidences of crop, landscape and property damage," said Victor Ricks, manager of Alum Creek State Park. "Also, there is an increased potential for deer/vehicle collisions."

Lottery applications will be taken in person at the park office, 3615 S. Old State Road, beginning at 9 a.m. on September 16, and the drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Applications will only be accepted from participants who have pre-qualified with their archery equipment prior to the drawing date. Applicants must also bring a current Ohio hunting license and deer permit issued in the applicant's name.

Immediately after the drawing, successful applicants will attend an orientation session and be issued a hunting permit. Please contact Alum Creek State Park at 740-548-4631 for details about pre-qualification requirements and locations.