Controlled Bow Hunt Questions and Answers - 2014-2015
How are bow hunters selected?
Bow hunters who have harvested a deer in our program in past seasons will be selected first based on the total number of deer over the last three years. They are invited to qualify based on their total score depending on the deer type. The deer scores are as follows, harvested antlerless deer (either a doe or a button buck) count for one point and an antlered buck is half a point. The computer calculates your score and sets your order on the qualification list based on your total points. Next the computer will select Hamilton County residents, then out of county or out of the state. All hunters are required to pass or show proof they have passed a State Hunter Education course. Each hunter must be able to place at least four out of five arrows in a 10" diameter target from an elevated position at 20 yards. Each hunter must also attend a brief meeting to ensure understanding of the safety regulations before going to the archery range.
Will I need Hunter's Education before qualifications?
Yes, a bow hunter 21 years of age or older is be required to show proof of successful completion of the Hunter Safety Education Course before qualifying. Hunters can fulfill this requirement on line or by attending one of the courses as detailed at http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/education-and-outdoor-discovery/hunter-and-trapper-education. The hunter may also complete this requirement at the Saturday qualification site by arriving at least one hour before their qualification time to take the Hunter Safety Test. The test will only be offered on Saturday, August 2nd.
Where are the areas for bow hunting located?
- Richardson Forest Preserve (273 acres) on Stonemill Road running north from Kemper Road east of US27.
- Triple Creek (45 acres) on Buell Road,
- Oak Glen (56 acres) on Thompson Road
- Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary (136 acres) on Sheits Road
- Mitchell Memorial Forest (501 acres) along Jordon Road and Buffalo Ridge road,
- Kroger Hills (70 acres) on Wooster Pike in Terrace Park,
- Little Miami Golf Center (44 acres) on Newtown Road south of the Little Miami River.
- Woodland Mound (413 acres) along Nine mile Road,
- Withrow Nature Preserve (55 acres) along Five Mile road,
- Miami Whitewater Forest (1071 acres) between Dry fork Road and Strimple road in Crosby and Whitewater Township,
- Shawnee lookout (309 Acres) along Lawrenceburg road in Cleves, Ohio and
- Embshoff Woods & Nature Preserve (137 acres) in Delhi.
How many hunters are allowed in each area?
The number of hunters varies depending on size and accessibility to the property. We are currently looking for approximately 400 hunters for the 2014-2015 deer season.
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.
Additional Bow Hunt Questions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Can a hunter apply more than once?
Yes. You may apply multiple times. Each application will cost and additional $15.00. Submitting more than one application may increase your chances of being selected. But no name will be drawn more than once. This will not help hunters who have harvested deer in the past.
How many names will be drawn?
Everyone who enters will be part of the drawing. We anticipate needing approximately 400 hunters. Hunters who pass the qualification and do not receive hunting time will be able to borrow unused time from our online bow hunter calendar throughout the season. Each year we have several hunters who have to cancel for various reasons throughout the season. With the reduction of the bag limit to four deer, we expect more hunters to tag out early opening sessions for others. Hunters who do not receive assigned hunting times are considered alternate hunters and will be contacted in the order drawn to fill any vacancies as they occur.
Will the hunter have a choice of their four-week session or hunting location?
Yes, based on the order in which you are drawn, and based on what is left over when you qualify, providing you have met all requirements. First name chosen will have first choice and so on.
Will there be time for scouting and preparing your hunting location?
Yes, before and after the bow qualifications. Please go to www.greatparks.org 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 using whole kernel corn, natural bait (acorns) and apples.
Are ATVs allowed?
No. Motorized vehicles will not be permitted beyond the designated parking areas.
Can I qualify with one bow, and then use another for hunting?
No. You must hunt with the bow you used to qualify. However, you may qualify with up to two bows. To qualify with two bows you must qualify with the hardest bow first. You must pass with the first bow to have an opportunity to qualify with the second bow.
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.
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 process, but all of the hunting sessions are taken. Will I still 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.
FOR YOUTH HUNTERS ONLY (15 or younger)
How does Hunting with a buddy work?
You and your adult “buddy” must submit separate applications. On the youth’s application is a place for the name of the adult buddy. The adult buddy will fill out the same billing information on both applications which will be used to link the two applications together. An application fee of $15.00 for each application is required and an active email must be provided for each hunter. Each hunter’s name will be entered into the drawing; if one of the hunters is drawn the other is automatically drawn.
What happens if I pass the qualifications and my buddy does not?
If the youth hunter fails to pass the qualification the adult hunter who passes will be hunting without a partner. If the youth hunter qualifies but the adult hunter does not, the adult may accompany the youth but may not hunt. The youth hunter must be accompanied by an adult.