Applications for controlled hunting on public lands of deer, waterfowl, doves, pheasants, squirrels and quail during the 2022-23 season will open to all hunters beginning July 1 and close July 31.
Hunts are available for adults, youth, people with reduced mobility and mentors with apprentices, with firearms and archery options. Controlled hunts are conducted in select areas through the Wildlife Division and the Parks and Boats Division.
Hunters can apply for controlled hunts by completing the application process online using the Wildlife Licensing System or by calling (800) 703-1928.
There is a $5.50 service fee for the phone option. Each hunt requires payment of a $3 non-refundable application fee. Clients can apply for more than one hunt, but can only apply for each hunt once a year.
All applicants, youth and adults, must possess a valid Ohio hunting license and meet age requirements.
Junior hunters must be under the age of 18 at the time of the hunt to participate. Adults must be 18 years or older at the time of application. Those applying to hunt deer 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 are $15 and can be used to hunt antlerless deer only. Deer management permits are valid on private land and select public hunting areas through November 27, 2022. They are also valid during authorized controlled hunts between September 10, 2022 and February 5, 2023.
Hunters are randomly drawn from submitted requests. Selected applicants will be notified and provided additional information about the hunt by August 8, including a permit, rules, and a map of the hunt area. Each controlled hunt opportunity is unique, and applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review all site-specific information, including rules and requirements, before applying. Application statuses can be viewed through the Ohio Wildlife Licensing System.