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 firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
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 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.