ODNR To Open 25 State Nature Preserves To Special Archery Hunts

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Permits to participate in controlled hunts to be awarded by lottery

ODNR To Open 25 State Nature Preserves To Special Archery Hunts12:52:40COLUMBUS)— 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
    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