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Controlled hunt applications open to all July 1

Controlled hunt applications open to all July 1

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Applications for controlled public land hunting for deer, waterfowl, dove, pheasant, squirrel and quail during the 2022-23 season will open to all hunters beginning July 1 and will close July 31.

Hunts are available for adults, youth, mobility impaired and mentors with apprentices, with firearm and archery options. Controlled hunts are held on select areas through the Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Watercraft.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts by completing the application process online using the Wildlife Licensing System or via phone by calling (800) 703-1928.

There is $5.50 service fee for the phone option. Each hunt requires payment of a non-refundable $3 application fee. Customers may apply for more than one hunt but can only apply to each hunt once per year.

All applicants, youth and adult, are required to possess a valid Ohio hunting license and meet age requirements.

Youth hunters must be under 18 at the time of the hunt to participate. Adults must be 18 or older at the time of the application. Those applying for deer hunts will also need a valid deer permit to apply. Find more information here.

Participants may use a deer management permit during controlled deer hunts. Deer management permits cost $15 and can be used to harvest antlerless deer only. Deer management permits are valid on private land and select public hunting areas until Nov. 27, 2022. They are also valid during authorized controlled hunts between Sept. 10, 2022, and Feb. 5, 2023.

Hunters are randomly drawn from submitted applications. Successful applicants will be notified and provided additional hunt information by Aug. 8, including a permit, rules, and hunting area map. Each controlled hunt opportunity is unique, and applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review all site-specific information, including rules and requirements, prior to applying. Application statuses can be viewed through Ohio’s Wildlife Licensing System.

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