Akron, OH — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will allow hunting by bow and arrow or crossbow in select areas by permit this fall as part of its deer management program.
The areas included during the 2012-13 season are:
• Pond Brook Conservation Area in Twinsburg Township
• The Columbia Run and Wetmore conservation areas in Boston Township
• The Waldo Semon Conservation Area in Boston Township and Northfield Center
• Riding Run Conservation Area in Richfield, Bath, Cuyahoga Falls and Boston Township
• Two areas within Furnace Run Metro Park in Richfield
• The TenBroeck Conservation Area in Hudson and Streetsboro
• A conservation area in Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton
Lottery applications are available online (summitmetroparks.org) and in person
at three locations: Gander Mountain (330-405-2999), 2695 Creekside Dr., Twinsburg; Hadley’s Sports Center (330-882-6060), 5676 Manchester Rd., Akron; and The Marksman (330-745-2000), 3017 Barber Rd., Norton.
Please call the ranges for hours.
Applications must be postmarked by July 16 and mailed to: Archery Program,
P.O. Box 5250, Akron, OH 44334. Lottery winners will be notified by August 3, and the individuals named on permits will have to pass an archery test.
Two box blinds will be installed in locations for hunters requiring wheelchairs.
Wheelchair-bound hunters may live outside of Summit County. All other archery
participants must be Summit County residents.
For details about the wheelchair-bound lottery, contact project manager Eric
Fitch at email@example.com, 330-753-5789 or 330-475-1473.
Up to three hunting permits will be assigned per location. All areas are remote
and have limited public access. Hunters must follow park rules and regulations and the hunting guidelines established by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Hunting season is September 29 to February 3.
Regionally and throughout the state, changes in habitat and the elimination of
natural predators have allowed deer herds to grow to unnatural densities, threatening biodiversity.
In four previous seasons of the archery program, participants took 190 total
deer. Sharpshooters have culled 1,630 deer in the Metro Parks since 2004, and the venison has been donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Almost 8,000 pounds were donated last year.
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County manages 11,000 acres, including 14 developed parks, several conservation areas and more than 125 miles of trails, with 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Annual attendance averages 5 million visitors.