(WJW) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will temporarily open fourteen state nature preserves to deer hunters.

The special deer hunts are part of an effort to control deer populations, specifically those negatively impacting vegetation.

In a press release, ODNR explains “by browsing native vegetation and introducing non-native plants, deer have negatively impacted many sensitive habitats at several state nature preserves.”

  Here is how the coordinated hunts will work:

  • Hunters must possess a valid 2022-2023 hunting license to purchase tickets.
  • Hunters must attend individual meetings if they are interested in particular hunts.
  • Hunters must enter a drawing/lottery to take part in the hunts.
  • Hunters can enter the drawing/lottery by purchasing a single ticket for $5.
  • Names will be randomly drawn, and those selected will be assigned a specific time to hunt. For archery hunts, an orientation will be conducted immediately following the drawing.
  • Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner; however, the partner is not required to attend the drawing or orientation.
  • Hunters interested in both the Lake Katharine gun and archery hunts will have to purchase separate lottery tickets for each event. 
  • Hunters may apply for hunts at multiple sites, but they must attend the meeting for each hunt in order to enter the drawing. Do not mail entry forms. Preserve managers will handle applications at the local level.

Note: Some of the hunts will be for antlerless deer only, while some will allow the taking of antlered deer but only after harvesting an antlerless deer first.  ODNR explains that harvesting does help to manage the deer population.
 
 
Hunt locations and meeting dates:
 
Lake Katharine (Jackson County)
Chaparral Prairie, Davis Memorial, Shoemaker, Johnson Ridge, Whipple (Adams County)
Miller Nature Sanctuary (Highland County)

  • Meeting Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Meeting Location: Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve Office
  • 1703 Lake Katharine Road, Jackson, OH  45640      
  • Manager Contact:   Josh Deemer – 740-285-5971 or Joshwa.Deemer@dnr.ohio.gov 

Caesar Creek (Warren County)

  • Meeting Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: Caesar Creek State Nature Preserve Parking Lot
  • 4080 Corwin Rd. Oregonia, OH 45054
  • Manager Contact:  Eric Sagasser-937-418-8710 or eric.sagasser@dnr.ohio.gov 

Goll Woods (Fulton County)

  • Meeting Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. 
  • Meeting Location: Goll Woods State Nature Preserve Office
  • 26093 County Road F,  Archbold, Ohio  43502
  • Manager Contact:   Ryan Schroeder – 419-445-1775 or ryan.schroeder@dnr.ohio.gov 

Lawrence Woods (Hardin County)

  • Meeting Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022  @ 2:00 p.m. 
  • Meeting Location: Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve parking area
  • 13278 County Road 190,  Kenton, Ohio,  43226
  • Manager Contact:   Ryan Schroeder – 419-445-1775 or ryan.schroeder@dnr.ohio.gov 

Gallagher Fen (Clark County)

  • Meeting Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Meeting Location: Gallagher Fen SNP parking area
  • 4709 Old Columbus Road,  Springfield, 45502
  • Manager Contact: Michelle Comer – 937-537-6173 or Michelle.Comer@dnr.ohio.gov

Hueston Woods (Butler and Preble County)

  • Meeting Date: Sunday, September 18, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: Hueston Woods State Park Conference Center
  • 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner, OH 45003
  • Manager Contact: Eric Sagasser- 937-418-8710 or eric.sagasser@dnr.ohio.gov 

Eagle Creek (Portage County)

  • Meeting Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Meeting Location: Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve Office
  • 11027 Hopkins Road, Garrettsville, OH 44231
  • Manager Contact: Adam Wohlever – 330-527-5118  Adam.Wohlever@dnr.ohio.gov or Emily Pellegrini- 330-527-0937 Emily.Pellegrini@dnr.ohio.gov 

Blackhand Gorge (Licking County)

  • Meeting Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022 @ 11:00 a.m.
  • Meeting Location: Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve Toboso Parking Lot Cabin
  • 2200 Gratiot Road SE, Newark, OH 43056
  • Manager Contact: Charlotte Trolio 330-607-3566 or Charlotte.Trolio@dnr.ohio.gov