How to Apply for Special Controlled Hunts in Ohio

by: Talia Naquin



COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife offers a special lottery for controlled hunts.

Hunters can apply for the opportunity to chase deer, waterfowl, doves, pheasants, squirrels and quail on public lands for special hunts during the 2022-2023 season. The program is open to adults, youth, people with reduced mobility, and mentors with apprentices with firearms and archery options. All applicants must have a valid Ohio hunting license.

The hunters will be randomly chosen from the applications. Applicants will be notified by Monday, August 8.

Each controlled hunt will have its own unique location and specific rules and requirements.

Hunters can apply beginning July 1 at the Ohio Wildlife Licensing System or by calling 1-800-703-1928. There is a $5.50 service fee for the phone option. Each hunt requires a $3 application fee. Hunters can apply to each hunt once a year. Participants may use a deer driving permit during controlled deer hunts. Deer management permits are $15 and can be used to hunt antherless deer only.

More on the hunts here.