Bow Hunting


2014-2015 Bow Hunting Season information

Registration for bow hunting has closed for 2014 and will reopen in May, 2015.

Following is a list of basic rules for the 2014-2015 bow hunting season which we feel will help facilitate an increased deer harvest while maintaining a safe and positive experience for the hunter.

  1. All hunting items left in the field by bow hunters must have the hunters name and contact number including but not limited to tree stands, trail cameras, blinds and feeders.
  2. Baits will be whole kernel corn and natural baits like acorns, apples etc. no powdery substance and salt or mineral blocks or compressed corn blocks.
  3. Safety zone rules remain in affect
  4. Bow hunters will only be able to hunt and borrow time in the two parks where they have met with the Field Coordinator.
  5. Flagging of any kind by bow hunters is prohibited except reflective tacks.
  6. We will supply a tree stand and trail camera ID tag templates for your use. You will just add your contact information and print it out and laminate it. Or your name and contact info can be written on all items with a permanent marker.
  7. An alphabetical list of hunters and their qualifications day and time will be emailed instead of mailed. Make sure the email you supply is an active email.
  8. We will have an online computer calendar program which will require you to have an active email as well as a login password. You will be able to get a free email address through Yahoo or Google.
  9. Hunters are limited to hunting two parks.
  10. The buddy system is discontinued for this hunting season except for youth hunters who must be accompanied by an adult and physically challenged who require help. In these two cases you must hunt together in the same time frame and hunting area. All others may still hunt with a friend who has qualified for this program by borrowing time from another hunter so long as he/she has met with the coordinator for that park.

Bow Hunting Information Center (BIC)

Welcome Great Parks of Hamilton County Bow Hunters!

The Great Parks of Hamilton County Bow Hunting Information Center (BHIC) is a web-based tracking system where hunters can…

  • See who is hunting based on your assignments
  • Remove yourself from any schedule hunting days or half days you cannot hunt
  • Look for any open hunting time and take it. (only in your approved hunting locations)
  • Receive important news and information from the Great Parks of Hamilton County
  • Change their BHIC passwords
  • Click below to access your personal bow hunting profile

Bow Hunter Login

For help logging in, please refer to the VIC Reference Guide below:

VIC Reference Guide

Field Coordinators

The Bowhunting Field Coordinators are experienced bow hunters who are able to give advice on hunting as well as help in locating the hunting areas and help solve any issues or concerns hunters may have. Everyone will be required to meet with the coordinator in the park they will be hunting before hunting season begins or they will not be able to hunt. If you met with a coordinator in a previous season for a specific hunting area there is no need to get checked off again for the same area unless there is a change in boundaries or other issue that needs to be addressed. If you are a new hunter or you want to hunt somewhere new you will be required to meet with the coordinator prior to bow season.

Below is the list of Bow Hunter Field Coordinators for the 2014-2015 bow hunting season. Please contact them to set up a time to meet to fulfill your requirements if you plan to hunt on park district property.

Bow Hunter Coordinators by Park




Name Main Park Secondary Park Email Phone Number

Guy Adams

Woodland Mound

Withrow Nature Preserve 513-708-5630
Sean Russo Woodland Mound 513-365-8179

Jeff Curington

Withrow Nature Preserve

Sharon Woods

Woodland Mound

513- 460-4336






Jon Thompson

Kroger Hills

Little Miami Golf Center







Chris Tepe

Triple Creek







Robert McIntyre

Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary

 Summe Tract







Matt Hasselbeck

Richardson Forest Preserve

Winton Woods







Brad Box

Miami Whitewater Forest

Sharon Woods


Mike Logue


Miami Whitewater Forest


Sam Rudolf

Miami Whitewater Forest







Howard Ferguson

Mitchell Memorial Forest


Jim Thacker

Mitchell Memorial Forest







Mike McQueary

Oak Glen Nature Preserve







Marc Schmidt

Shawnee Lookout







Jerry McAdams

Embshoff Woods Nature Preserve



Vern Rolf

Shawnee Lookout

Mitchell Memorial Forest


Fred Herrmann Winton Woods Disabled Hunting Area 513-324-3088


For more information about the Great Parks of Hamilton County Controlled Bow Hunting Program please contact Bob Mason by email at or by phone at 513-728-3551 ext.226.

Controlled Bow Hunt Questions and Answers - 2014-2015

How long is each hunter allowed to hunt?

All qualifying hunters are eligible for one four-week session 2014-2015 Ohio Deer Archery season.  Hunters who have taken three antlerless deer the previous year are also eligible for a second, four-week session. All hunters are able to hunt beyond their assigned sessions by borrowing unused time from other bowhunters if they have met the requirements to hunt in that park.


Where can a hunter hunt within each area?

The hunting boundary of each area will be marked with orange tape with silver reflective stripes. Hunting is only permitted within each marked area. Any hunter found hunting outside the safety zone will be removed from the program.


What happens when a hunter harvests a deer?

Once a deer is harvested, the deer must be checked in by phone or your computer to ODNR.  In addition, the Park District must also be provided other information such as sex, age, date and time of kill by phone call to the hotline at 728-3551 ext. 450 or email to ASAP.


Will there be time for scouting and preparing your hunting location?

Yes, before and after the bow qualifications. Please go to look for bow hunting under “Activities” and look for the name and email address of the coordinator for the park you want to hunt and setup a time to meet with them so they can show you around. Two weeks prior to the hunting season all areas will be closed to scouting.


Is baiting allowed?

Yes.  Hunters will be able to bait anywhere in their assigned area using whole kernel corn, natural bait (acorns) and apples.


Are ATVs allowed?

No.  Motorized vehicles will not be permitted beyond the designated parking areas.


Will there be other opportunities to hunt more than the twenty eight day session?

Yes, but you must be willing to share your contact information with other hunters (details will be given at qualification day) and you must borrow time within the bow hunter online calendar in either of the two parks you chose.


What if I harvest more deer than I can use?

The harvested deer will belong to the hunter; however, a field dressed deer from the program can be dropped off at a deer processor identified for that purpose at the qualification to be donated to the "Hunters for the Hungry" program at no expense to the hunter.


What kind of equipment is allowed?

All equipment must conform to the State of Ohio requirements.  Compound, recurve and crossbows are allowed.  Longbow:  minimum draw weight 40 lb.  Crossbow:  draw weight not less than 75 lb., or more than 200 lb.


Are tree stands allowed?

Yes, wearing of a safety harness is required with use of any tree stand.  Hunting on the ground is also permitted.  The harness must be worn while hunting off the ground.  Failure to do so will result in loss of hunting privileges.  Climbing, ladder, tripod stands and pop-up blinds are all allowed.  However, only limited clearing of shooting lanes is allowed.  Cutting of sticks, branches or bushes larger than ½" (unless it is bush honeysuckle) is prohibited.  It is unlawful to construct, place or use a permanent-type tree stand, or to place spikes, nails, wires or other metal objects into a tree to act as steps or to hold a tree stand on Park District property.


What hours are hunters allowed to hunt?

Archery season hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.  The official times for sunrise and sunset are found in the hunting digest.  Be sure to use the times for Western Ohio.


How many deer are participants allowed to take?

As many as are allowed by State Law using State of Ohio Urban and Regular Deer Hunting permits. For the 2014-15 season the limit in Hamilton County is four. Antlerless Deer permits are issued in addition to the Special Deer permits for regular hunting seasons but the antlerless permits MUST BE USED BY NOVEMBER 30..


Are there plans to allow hunting for other species?

No.  The controlled bow hunting program is an ecological management tool for white-tailed deer only.


How will hunters be monitored for compliance with Great Parks of Hamilton County Policy and State laws?

All harvested deer must be checked by phone or computer for permanent tagging.  Bow hunters may be checked periodically by Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers or Park District Rangers to ensure compliance.


Can hunters trade time with each other to help maximize their hunting opportunities?

Yes, hunters are allowed to trade time with other hunters in different sessions within the two parks chosen by the hunter at the time of qualification as long as it is one of the areas open for hunting and you have met with the coordinator for that park. We expect hunters who cannot hunt every day during their hunting session to make that time available through the online calendar for use by other hunters. You must borrow time using the online bow hunter calendar system only.


I passed the qualification, but all of the hunting sessions are taken. Will I be able to hunt?

Yes, but you will have to borrow time from the online bow hunting calendar. You will also be placed on an “alternate” list and will be contacted in the order of you draw as hunting areas and sessions open up. You must have already met with the coordinator for the park in which you hunt.


If I borrow time can it be in any park that has hunting or do I need to stay in the same park that I picked for my four weeks?

You can pick up to two parks at the time of qualification. You may hunt either of these two parks so long as you have met with each park’s coordinator.