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Metro Parks continues deer management program

6/20/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

SUMMIT COUNTY — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will allow hunting by bow and arrow or crossbow in select areas of the park system by permit this fall as part of its ongoing deer management program. Each permit, determined by lottery July 26, is good for up to three adults and three juveniles, all of whom must be Summit County residents.

The areas included during the 2013-14 season are:

  • Pond Brook Conservation Area in Twinsburg;
  • the Columbia Run and Wetmore conservation areas in Boston;
  • the Waldo Semon Conservation Area in Boston and Northfield Center;
  • Riding Run Conservation Area in Richfield, Bath, Cuyahoga Falls and Boston;
  • 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; and
  • a conservation area in Clinton.

Lottery applications are available online at www.summitmetroparks.org and in person at: Gander Mountain (330-405-2999), 2695 Creekside Drive in Twinsburg; Hadley’s Sports Center (330-882-6060), 5676 Manchester Road in New Franklin; and The Marksman (330-745-2000), 3017 Barber Road in Norton. Call the ranges for hours. Applications must be postmarked by July 18 and mailed to: Archery Program, P.O. Box 5250, Akron, OH 44334. Lottery winners will be notified by Aug. 2, 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. Hunters who use wheelchairs may live outside of Summit County. For details about the wheelchair-using lottery, contact project manager Eric Fitch at efitch@summitmetroparks.org, 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 runs Sept. 28 to Feb. 2.

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, according to Metro Parks officials. Through five previous seasons of the archery program, participants have taken 301 total deer. Sharpshooters have culled 1,735 deer in the Metro Parks since 2004, and the venison has been donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. More than 4,300 pounds were donated last season, and since the start of the deer management program, almost 75,000 pounds of venison have been given to the Foodbank, according to Metro Parks officials.

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