ODNR To Open 25 State Nature Preserves To Special Archery Hunts
Permits to participate in controlled hunts to be awarded by lottery
12:52:40COLUMBUS)— An increasing deer population, resulting in extensive damage to native plant communities, has led the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to coordinate special archery deer hunts at 25 state nature preserves across the state.
High quality habitats at these state nature preserves, including Eagle Creek, Fowler Woods, Goll Woods and Lake Katharine, have been negatively impacted by over-browsing deer. For example, several acres of large flowered trillium-Ohio’s state wildflower-have nearly disappeared at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve because of foraging deer. Similar situations occur at 24 other sites.
“Conducting special management hunts enables the division to protect native plant communities in Ohio’s best natural areas,” said Steven Maurer, chief of the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. “An added benefit is that Ohio’s hunters are given an opportunity to explore high quality areas and assist ODNR with critical land management activities.”
There will be six (6) two-week archery hunts beginning November 2 through January 24, 2009. Hunters may harvest two (2) deer but must harvest an antlerless deer first. Antlerless deer permits are allowed.
To apply for the special archery hunt lotteries, applicants must send in a postcard with their name, address, daytime phone number and the hunt name (such as Lake Katharine Archery Hunt), along with a $5 processing fee. Do not send cash-checks and money orders (also note hunt name on check) must be made out to Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Processing fees are not refundable.
Please submit a separate postcard and $5 processing fee for EACH hunt. Mail entries to the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, 2045 Morse Road, Bldg. F-1, Columbus, OH 43229. Lottery entries must be received by September 6, 2008. Successful archery hunt applicants will be notified by mail.
|list of all special preserve archery hunts|
|COUNTY||STATE NATURE PRESERVE
|Adams||Johnson Ridge Archery Hunt|
|Adams||Whipple Archery Hunt|
|Ashtabula||Pallister Archery Hunt|
|Ashtabula||Rome Archery Hunt|
|Athens||Desonier Archery Hunt|
|Clinton||Culberson Woods Archery Hunt|
|Columbiana||Sheepskin Hollow Archery Hunt|
|Fairfield||Christmas Rocks Archery Hunt|
|Fulton||Goll Woods Archery Hunt|
|Hardin||Lawrence Woods Archery Hunt|
|Highland||Miller Archery Hunt|
|Hocking||Little Rocky Hollow Archery Hunt|
|Hocking||Sheick Hollow Archery Hunt|
|Huron||Augusta-Anne Olsen Archery Hunt|
|Jackson||Lake Katharine Archery Hunt|
|Licking||Blackhand Gorge Archery Hunt|
|Lucas||Lou Campbell Archery Hunt|
|Portage||Eagle Creek Archery Hunt|
|Richland||Fowler Woods Archery Hunt|
|Seneca||Howard Collier Archery Hunt|
|Seneca||Springville Marsh Archery Hunt|
|Warren||Caesar Creek Gorge Archery Hunt|
|Warren||Halls Woods Archery Hunt|
|Wayne||Johnson Woods Archery Hunt|
|Williams||Mud Lake Archery Hunt|