Ohio Offers Special Archery Hunts on 9 Nature Preserves

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In a continuing effort to protect native plant communities from the increasing population of white tailed deer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves has scheduled special archery deer hunts at nine state nature preserves across the state.

Permits for the archery hunts will be awarded by lottery drawings held at the respective nature preserves in September. Hunters must appear in person for the lottery drawings, which is a change in procedure for the annual hunts. Hunters must purchase tickets for the lotteries immediately prior to the drawings. The tickets are $5 each, and there is a limit of five tickets per person.

Each lottery winner will be assigned a two week block of time to hunt during the statewide archery season. They will receive a special archery hunt permit good for two hunters for the assigned two week period. After the drawings, hunters will be advised of special regulations that apply during the hunts, which have been designated as "doe first," requiring that each hunter harvest an anterless deer before taking a buck.

Participating nature preserves in central Ohio include Seymour Woods in Delaware County; southeast Ohio preserves include Christmas Rocks and Shallenberger in Fairfield County; southwest Ohio preserves include Culberson Woods in Clinton County and Halls Creek Gorge in Warren County; northwest Ohio preserves include Goll Woods in Fulton County and Lawrence Woods in Hardin County; and northeast Ohio preserves include Springville Marsh and Collier Woods in Seneca County.

"High quality habitats at these preserves have been negatively impacted, and plants such as large flowered trillium have nearly disappeared from many sites because of foraging deer," said Randy Beinlich, Preserve Manager for the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. "Not only do these hunts allow Ohio's hunters to assist us with our land management activities, but it also gives them the chance to see and appreciate some of Ohio’s highest quality areas."

All Ohio hunting rules and regulations will be followed during the special archery hunts, including bag limits and tagging procedures. Hunters may apply for multiple sites, but must attend the meeting for each hunt in order to enter the drawing. Entry fees may be paid by check, only. Processing fees are not refundable

Hunt locations and meeting dates are as follows:

  • Seymour Woods (Delaware County)
    Meeting Date: September 17 @ 10AM
    Meeting location: Alum Creek State Park Office
    Delaware,Ohio 45015
    Manager Contact: Greg Seymour - 740-467-2690
  • Culberson Woods (Clinton County)
    Halls Creek Gorge (Warren Coutny)
    Meeting Date: September 10 @ 9AM
    Meeting Location: Cowen Lake State Park Office
    1750 Osborn Road,  Wilmington, Ohio 45177
    Manager Contact: Shannon Hoffer 937-382-1096
  • Christmas Rocks(Fairfield County)
    Shallenberger (Fairfield County)
    Meeting Date: September 10 @ 2 PM
    Meeting Location: Stages Pond State Nature Preservce
    4792 Hagerty Road, Ashville, OH 43103
    Manager Contact: Jeff Johnson - 740-380-8919
  • Goll Woods (Fulton County)
    Meeting Date: September 9 @ 5PM
    Meeting Location: Goll Woods State Nature Preserve Office
    26093 County Road F, Archbold, Ohio 43502
    Manager Contact: Ryan Schroeder - 419-445-1775
  • Lawrence Woods (Hardin County)
    Meeting Date: September 11 @ 1PM
    Meeting Location: Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve parking area
    Kenton, Ohio, 43226
    Manager Contact: Ryan Schroeder - 419-445-1775
  • Springville Marsh (Seneca County)
    Meeting Date: September 16 @ 2PM
    Meeting Location: Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve parking area
    Twp Road 24 (Muck Road) 1 mile west of US RT 23
    3.5 miles north of Carey
    Manager Contact: Ryan Schroeder - 419-445-1775
  • Collier Woods (Seneca County)
    Meeting Date: September 16 @ 5PM
    Meeting Location:Howard Collier State Nature Preserve
    1655 W TWP RD 38, Tiffin Ohio,44883
    Manager Contact: Ryan Schroeder - 419-445-1775

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com.