ODNR announces lottery to award permits for special deer hunts in state nature preserves

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This week, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced they will coordinate special deer hunts at nine state nature preserves across the state.

The ODNR states that this is a continuing effort to control deer populations, specifically those affecting native plant communities.

Ohio’s nature preserve system protects some of the atate’s rarest and highest quality ecology. Deer have a negative impact on many sensitive plant habitats at several state nature preserves, due to their excessive feeding on native vegetation.

Preserve managers will handle hunting applications at the local level. Hunters must attend individual meetings if they are interested in particular hunts. During those events, hunters may enter the drawing by purchasing a single ticket for $5.

Other requirements include:

  • Hunters must possess a valid 2018-2019 hunting license to purchase tickets.
  • Names will be randomly drawn and those selected will be assigned a specific time to hunt. An orientation will be conducted immediately after the drawing.
  • Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner. The partner is not required to attend the drawing or orientation.
  • Hunters interested in both the Lake Katherine gun and archery hunts will have to purchase separate lottery tickets for each event.

These hunts will be “doe first” hunts, meaning a buck can be taken only after an antlerless deer is harvested. The harvest of does helps manage the deer population. Other special regulations will be addressed at the orientation meetings following the drawings.

Hunters may apply for hunts at multiple sites, but they must attend the meeting for each hunt to enter the drawing. 

Hunt locations and meeting dates are as follows:

  • Lake Katharine (Jackson County) Archery, gun and muzzleloader drawings will be held on Saturday, August 18 at 10am at the Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve office located at 1703 Lake Katherine Road in Jackson. 
  • Old Woman Creek (Erie County) An archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, August 25 at 10am at the Old Woman Creek Visitors Center located at 2514 Cleveland Road East in Huron.
  • Goll Woods (Fulton County) An archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, September 1 at 9am at the Goll Woods State Nature Preserve office located at 26093 County Road F in Archbold.
  • McCracken Fen (Logan County) An archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, September 1 at 10am at the McCracken Fen State Nature Preserve parking area located at 4140 Township Road 32 South in Bellefontaine.
  • Davey Woods (Champaign County) An archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, September 1 at 1pm at the Davey Woods State Nature Preserve parking area located at 7661 Lonesome Road in St. Paris.
  • Lawrence Woods (Hardin County) An archery hunt drawing will be held on Sunday, September 2 at 1pm at the Laurence Woods State Nature Preserve parking area located at 13278 County Road 190 in Kenton.
  • Blackhand Gorge (Licking County)  An archery hunt drawing will be held on Wednesday, September 5 at 6pm at the Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve located at 5213 Rock Haven Road in Newark.
  • Gallagher Fen (Clark County) An archery hunt drawing will be held on Wednesday, September 5 at 6pm at the Buck Creek State Park office located at 1976 Buck Creek Lane in Springfield.
  • Gott Fen (Portage County) An archery hunt drawing will be held on Saturday, September 8 at 10am at the Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve office located at 11027 Hopkins Road in Garrettsville.

For more information, contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at 614-265-6565 or visit their web site at www.ohiodnr.gov.

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