Summer marks a break for hunters in Ohio, but the arrival of July sounds like a possible call to action.
Last weekend’s sighting of a Holmes County deer with oversized, velvet-covered antlers offered a reminder that summer exploration can lead to fall trophy hunting. The sighting also served as a reminder that, planted on private land, the male is likely to be pursued by only a handful of select hunters, if any, this fall.
Access to hunting land is an issue for most of those without their own property, so controlled hunting spaces on public land attract considerable interest, especially considering that there are substantial numbers of deer and other game. on some of the sites.
This month, the Ohio Division of Wildlife is accepting applications through the Ohio wildlife licensing system at wildohio.gov for a variety of 2022-23 hunts, involving not only deer but also waterfowl, doves, pheasants, squirrels and quail.
Applications for an archery or gun hunt series can be submitted through July 31 for a non-refundable $3 each. Applications can be submitted by phone at 800-703-1928 for an additional service fee.
Places will then be determined by lottery in early August from among eligible applicants.
Applicants must have a valid hunting license and, in the case of whitetail hunting, a deer permit. There are additional site-specific rules.
Spaces will be available for archery deer hunting in or near central Ohio at the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County and at Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway and Fayette counties. An adult hunt and a youth hunt are also listed at Deer Creek.
Firearm deer hunts are scheduled at Killdeer Plains, Urbana Wildlife Area in Champaign County and Hebron State Fish Hatchery in Licking County. Youth hunts will be held in Killdeer and Hebron. A Mentor Search and Mobility Impaired Search will be held in Killdeer.
Information is expected to be released later this summer on additional controlled deer hunts.
Hebron will be one of the sites for the controlled hunting of waterfowl. Among the 42 scheduled statewide are September hunts during the teal and early goose seasons at Deer Creek State Park, Killdeer Plains and Indian Lake State Park in Logan County, and juvenile hunts in Hebron and Killdeer Plains.
Waterfowl blind drawings will be held at 19 sites, including Alum Creek State Park, Buckeye Lake State Park, AW Marion State Park in Pickaway County, Deer Creek State Park, Delaware State Park and Indian Lake.
A total of 15 dove hunts will include those at Indian Lake, Charles O. Trump Wildlife Area in Pickaway County, Delaware Wildlife Area, Big Island Wildlife Area in Marion County and Urbana Wildlife Area.
Pheasant hunts are scheduled in Killdeer Plains, Kokosing Wildlife Area in Knox County, and Urbana.
Jade Heizer, a 2017 Ohio State graduate and 2020 Wildlife Officer Academy graduate, replaced Tony Zerkle as Fairfield County wildlife officer. The position opened up when Zerkle was promoted to supervisor. … A total of 6,898 acres have been added to the Appalachian Hills Wildlife Area in southeastern Ohio, increasing the size of the area to 54,525 acres open to hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities. … The state has been waging a constant battle against suffocating aquatic vegetation in Indian Lake.