The special controlled deer hunts scheduled at NASA Plum Brook Station, near Sandusky, and at the Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant in Portage County, have been cancelled, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
ODNR has been officially notified by the Ohio National Guard and NASA that due to the recent terrorist attacks, these special hunting events at both federal facilities have been cancelled for this year.
Deer hunts had been scheduled at Ravenna for youth hunters on October 6, and for adults on October 13 and 27, November 17 and 24, and December 8. At Plum Brook, deer hunts for adults were scheduled for October 13, 20, and 27, and November 3, 10, and 17.
"In light of current events, I wholeheartedly understand the federal government's decision to suspend these special hunts and we'll cooperate in any way we can," said Michael Budzik, chief of ODNR's Division of Wildlife.
Participation in the special hunts is determined through a drawing process in which hunters send in a special application. This year 20,211 pairs of hunters had applied for places in the special hunts, and 1,044 pairs had been drawn to participate.
"We know that many of these hunters may have applied for several years before being drawn. Because of that, we will honor those selected this year for the next time hunts are held at these facilities, which we hope is next year," said Budzik.
Hunters who had been drawn for any of the canceled hunts will receive a letter explaining the cancellation and their status as next year's selected hunters.