From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
-- In an effort to protect native plant communities from the increasing population of white tailed deer, Ohio has scheduled special archery deer hunts at nine state nature preserves.
Permits for the archery hunts will be awarded by lottery drawings in September. Hunters must appear in person for the lottery drawings, and must purchase tickets for the lotteries immediately prior to the drawings. Tickets are $5 each, and there is a limit of five tickets per person.
Each winner will be assigned a two week block of time to hunt during the statewide archery season, and 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 antlerless deer before taking a buck.
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:
Seymour Woods (Delaware County), Sept. 17 at 10 a.m., Alum Creek State Park Office, 3615 South Old State Road, Delaware; Manager Contact, Greg Seymour (740) 467-2690.
Culberson Woods (Clinton County) and Halls Creek Gorge (Warren County), Sept. 10 at 9 a.m., Cowen Lake State Park Office, 1750 Osborn Road, Wilmington; Manager Contact, Shannon Hoffer (937)382-1096.
Christmas Rocks (Fairfield County) and Shallenberger (Fairfield County), Sept.10 at 2 p.m., Stages Pond State Nature Preserve, 4792 Hagerty Road, Ashville; Manager Contact, Jeff Johnson (740)380-8919.
Goll Woods (Fulton County), Sept. 9 at 5 p. m, Goll Woods State Nature Preserve Office, 26093 County Road F, Archbold; Manager Contact, Ryan Schroeder (419)445-1775.
Lawrence Woods (Hardin County, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m., Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve parking area, 3278 County Road 190, Kenton; Manager Contact, Ryan Schroeder, (419)445-1775.
Springville Marsh (Seneca County), Sept. 16 at 2 p.m., Springville Marsh State Nature reserve parking area, Twp Road 24; Manager Contact Ryan Schroeder, (419)445-1775.
Collier Woods (Seneca County), Sept. 16 at 5 p.m., Howard Collier State Nature Preserve, 1655 W TWP RD 38, Tiffin; Manager Contact, Ryan Schroeder, (419)445-1775.