MetroParks to Offer Limited Bowhunting Program in 2021-2022
To help manage the increasing population of white-tailed deer and mitigate the environmental, economic, and safety issues associated with deer overpopulation, MetroParks of Butler County has announced that a Limited Bowhunting Program will be offered during the 2021-2022 hunting season as a part of the park system’s Wildlife Management Program. MetroParks Bowhunting Program will be held October 1, 2021-February 6, 2022 at three different locations:
- The Day Farm in Ross Township
- The Davidson Woods Property in Hanover Township
- Salamander Run MetroPark in Morgan Township
With very few natural predators in the state of Ohio, the growing populations of white-tailed deer herds living in the three designated bowhunting locations continue to have a detrimental impact on the reestablishment of native plant species at these parks, including oak, ash, and sugar maple. In addition, white-tailed deer contributed to nearly 99,000 motor vehicle collisions across the state of Ohio from 2016-2021, which led to 24 fatalities and 320 serious injuries, per reports from State Highway Patrol. White-tailed deer also serve as the primary host for the adult blacklegged tick, the vector organism for Lyme Disease. Managing white-tailed deer populations through the MetroParks Bowhunting Program will help alleviate pressure on native plant species, contribute to increased safety on local roadways, and help manage the spread of Lyme Disease.
Those interested in participating in the program must submit an application to the MetroParks Administrative Office no later than September 13, 2021. All applications must be delivered in person or mailed and postmarked by September 13, 2021 to be accepted, with the required $20 processing and handling fee included. Eligible applicants must be 18 years old, have a valid Ohio hunting license, and meet other requirements. Applicants who meet preliminary requirements must pass a marksmanship qualification and will also be entered into a lottery drawing if the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available permits. The location and date of the marksmanship qualification and lottery will be communicated to those who apply.
Complete program guidelines and program application information can be found here: https://www.yourmetroparks.net/conservation-education/conservation-efforts or at the MetroParks Administrative Office. The MetroParks Administrative Office is located at 2051 Timberman Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45013, and is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.