Bow Hunting


Bow Hunting Information

The 2013-2014 bow hunting application must be submitted by Monday July 8, 2013 by 3:00 pm.

The 2013-2014 Bow Hunting Qualifications will be August 3th & 4th 2013. You must have submitted an application prior to the deadline above and have received a written invitation to attend. This is the only time scheduled for the qualifications, if you cannot attend the above weekend you will not be able to participate in the controlled bow hunting program for this season.

The fourteen parks include: Richardson Forest Preserve (273 acres), Triple Creek (45 acres), Oak Glen (91 acres) and Oak Glen-Rumpke Tract (160 acres) Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary (100 acres), Mitchell Memorial Forest (501 Acres), Miami Whitewater Forest (1071 acres) Shawnee Lookout (309 acres) Embshoff Woods & Nature Preserve (136 acres) Kroger Hills (68 acres), Withrow Nature Preserve (55 Acres) and Woodland Mound (250 acres).

In the 2011-2012 hunting season the Great Parks of Hamilton County enlisted the help of Bow Hunter Field Coordinators to help facilitate the bow hunting program and reduce possible hunter conflicts. These Coordinators are experienced bow hunters who will be 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 last season for a specific hunting area there is no need to get checked off again for the same area. If you are a new hunter to our program or hunted the previous year and you want to hunt somewhere new you will be required to meet with that coordinator prior to September, 14, 2013. We are encouraging hunters to contact the coordinator in the parks you want to hunt and schedule a time to meet with them before the weather gets hot.  Then you can scout on your own to familiarize yourself with the hunting areas and prepare for the hunting season.
The following is a list of other changes for the 2013-2014 bow hunting season which we feel will help facilitate an increase in deer harvest and maintain a positive experience for the hunter.

  1. Prospective bow hunting applicants must disclose on the bow hunting application any violations of Federal, state, local, or park by-laws as they pertain to hunting. Should this disclosure reveal violation(s) which would be considered a misdemeanor, and the offense occurred within the previous twelve (12) months, the individual's application shall not be considered. However, should no intervening offenses occur, the applicant may reapply and shall be eligible for the next available season. 

    Should the applicant fail to disclose any hunting violation, the applicant may not be considered for participation and could be removed from the Controlled Bow Hunting Program.

    Applicants for the Controlled Bow Hunting Program convicted of any hunting violation which would be considered a felony, are ineligible to participate in the program.
  2. All bow hunters must have and supply an active email with your application.
  3. We also have an online bow hunter calendar scheduling program which will also require you to have an active email as well as a login password. You will be able to get a free email through Yahoo or Google
  4. All hunters must use their assigned login to access the online bow hunter scheduling program by September 1, 2013. Anyone failing to use this program as required will be removed from the bow hunting program.
  5. An alphabetical list of hunters and their qualifications day and time will be emailed out instead of being mailed. Make sure the email you supply is an active email.
  6. Baits will be whole kernel corn and natural baits like acorns, apples etc. no powdery substance and salt blocks.
  7. Successful antlerless deer hunters who harvest three antlerless deer or more from the previous year in our program can receive 8 weeks or two months of hunting time.
  8. Bow hunters will only be able to hunt and borrow time in parks where they have met with the Field Coordinator.
  9. Banned the use of flagging to mark your trail to your tree stand. The push pin markers that reflect light are permissible (please remove them after you are finished hunting).
  10. We will supply a tree stand tag template for your use. just add your contact information and print it out and laminate it. All tree stands must be marked near the ground for easy identifications.

For more information about the Great Parks of Hamilton County Controlled Bow Hunting Program please contact Jim Mundy by email at or by phone at 513-728-3551 ext.275

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

Questions & Answers

Controlled Bow Hunt Questions and Answers 2013-2014

How are bow hunters selected?

Bow hunters who were a successful antlerless deer hunter in 2013-2014 hunting season get in automatically after submitting one application. They are invited to qualify based on the number of doe's and then buttons they harvested in the previous season. Bow hunters who harvested an antlered deer only do not get in automatically and are part of the lottery system. The drawing will then give preference to Hamilton County residents, over everyone else who applies from outside of the county for the 2013-2014 season. All hunters are required to pass or show proof they have already 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. 

What if a hunter has not passed a hunter education course or cannot produce proof?

A bow hunter 21 years of age or older can satisfy this requirement by passing the written portion of the Ohio Hunter Education course. A score of 80 out of 100 questions is required to pass. 

Will I need Hunter's Education before qualifications?

Yes, you will be required to pass the Hunter Safety Education Course prior to your qualification time. Hunters can fill this requirement at the qualification site by arriving at least one hour before their qualification time to take the Hunter Safety Test. The test may only be offered on Saturday August 6th.

Where are the areas for bow hunting located?

Richardson Forest Preserve (272 acres) near the intersection of Kemper Road and Lick Road, Triple Creek (45 acres) on Buell Road, Oak Glen (91 acres) on Thompson Road and Oak Glen-Rumpke Tract (160 acres) along East Miami River Road and Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary (136 acres) on Sheits Road in Colerain Township, Mitchell Memorial Forest (501 acres) along Jordon Road and Buffalo Ridge road, Kroger Hills (70 acres) on Wooster Pike in Terrace Park, Woodland Mound (250 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. Please check back for updates on hunting locations at this website after May 21, 2013. Hunters will receive topographic maps and aerial photos of the area that they select to hunt.

How many hunters are allowed in each area?

The number hunters vary per park depending on size and accessibility to the property. We are currently looking for approximately 430 hunters for the 2013- 2014 deer season.

How long is each hunter allowed to hunt?

Deer hunters from the previous season who has taken three or more antlerless deer qualify for up to two months of hunting time. All hunters who are part of the lottery are only eligible for one month during the 2013-2014 Ohio Deer Archery season. Hunters are also permitted to borrow unused time from other bow hunters if they have met the requirements to hunt in that park.

Where can a hunter hunt within each area?

The boundary of each area will utilize streams, roads, trails or property lines. Hunting is permitted anywhere within each area except within 31 yards of any neighboring property and 67 yards safety zone from any trail road or building.

What happens when a hunter harvests a deer?

Once a deer is harvested, the deer must be checked in by phone or your computer station in Hamilton County. 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 by email at

Can a hunter apply more than once?

Yes. The application form this year allows you to apply multiple times while submitting only one application. Each application will cost $15.00 per person on the application and you must supply and active email address for each person on the application.

How many names will be drawn?

Everyone who enters will be part of the random drawing. We anticipate needing approximately 430 hunters after the successful hunters from 2012-2013 have chosen their time. Hunters who pass the qualification and do not receive hunting time will be able to borrow time from other hunters who have received time during the 2013-2014 deer season. Each year we have several hunters who have to cancel for various reasons throughout the season. Hunters who do not receive assigned hunting time are considered alternate hunters and will be contacted in the order drawn to fill any vacancies that may occur.

Will the hunter have a choice of their four-week session or hunting location?

Yes, after the successful hunters from the previous year have chosen their time then all other hunters will get to choose based on a first drawn, first choice basis, providing they 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 the list above and contact the coordinator at the parks you want to hunt and make arrangement to meet with them. We encourage you to meet them before the temperatures get hot. Once you have met with the coordinators in the parks you want to hunt you will be able to scout on your own to familiarize yourself to these hunting areas. Two weeks prior to the hunting season all areas will be closed to scouting. Failure to meet with the coordinator by the end of September 13, 2013 will disqualify you from hunting in the upcoming season.

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. 

How does Hunting with a buddy work?

You must submit your buddy's name with yours on the space provided on the application. An application fee of $15.00 per person is required. An active email must be provided for each hunter. The correct fee amount must be submitted with the application. Each hunter's name will be entered into the drawing; if one of the hunters is drawn the other is automatically drawn. A hunter from Hamilton County can now hunt with a buddy from outside the county.

What happens if I pass the qualifications and my buddy does not? 

If either one of the hunters fail to pass the qualification the other hunter who passes will be hunting without a partner. There is no opportunity to pick a new partner. 

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 and use the online program to borrow time.

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 End of the Trail Deer Processing 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, long, 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.

Are bow hunters allowed to take a mature buck?

Yes, but hunters are encouraged to harvest does to help control the population. 

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. 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 and even different parks as long as it is one of the areas open for hunting and you have met with the coordinator for that park. All hunters must use the online scheduling program to borrow time. We expect hunters who cannot hunt every day during their hunting session to make their time available to other hunters in the online scheduling program to increase hunter opportunity and hopefully increase hunter harvest. Violators of this rule may be removed from the program.

I passed the qualification process and all the time for hunting was taken, will I still be able to hunt?

Yes, but you will have to look for available time from the on-line scheduling program. You must have already met with the coordinator in the park you borrowed time.

If I borrow time from other hunters 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?

No, you can hunt in any park open to hunting as long as you get time from the on-line scheduling program and you have met with the coordinator of that park prior to bow season. If you think you would hunt in multiple parks open for hunting, we encourage you to meet with the coordinator and scout them out before hunting season.

For more information about the Great Parks of Hamilton County Controlled Bow Hunting Program please contact Jim Mundy by email at or by phone at 513-728-3551 ext. 275.

Field Coordinators

Please contact the bow hunter field coordinators 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










Main Park

Secondary Park


Phone Number






Guy Adams

Woodland Mound


Sean Russo

Woodland Mound







Jeff Curington

Withrow Nature Preserve

Woodland Mound

513- 460-4336






Jon Thompson

Kroger Hills

Woodland Mound







Chris Tepe

Triple Creek







Robert McIntyre

Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary







Matt Hasselbeck

Richardson Forest Preserve







Mike Logue

OGNP Rumpke Tract







Brad Box

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



Brian Carovillano

Richardson Forest Preserve

Miami Whitewater Forest


Fred Herrmann Winton Woods Area A (Disabled Hunting Area) 513-324-3088