Hunting & Trapping

Maintaining Our Parks' Populations Keeping the balance

Controlled hunting and trapping has been used to maintain healthy, balanced populations of plants and animals on park properties since 2007. It has proven a viable management tool and a proactive approach to our mission, and with residents involved in these goals, we all take stake in Geauga County’s natural resources together.

All hunters and trappers must complete Park District requirements, including qualifications and applications for permits, before conducting these activities on park property. During controlled hunting dates, rangers and/or signs are posted at park entrances as a precaution and reminder of those parks’ closures.

Application periods already have closed for this season’s controlled hunting and trapping programs. Scroll down for details on our most recent hunting and trapping program. As hunting education opportunities become available, they will also be listed below.

2017-18 Controlled Trapping for Beaver & Muskrat


2017-18 Controlled Hunting for White-tailed Deer

  • Youth Gun: Nov. 18-19, 2017 • Observatory Park
  • Regular Gun: Nov. 27 & 28 and Dec. 2, 2017 • Observatory Park, Dec. 16-17, 2017 • Big Creek Park
  • Muzzleloader: Jan. 6-7, 2018 • Observatory Park
  • Archery: Sept. 30, 2017- Feb. 4, 2018 • Abela Property (Parkman), Artim Property (Chardon), Bass Lake Preserve (designated areas, Munson), Beaver Creek Property (Munson), Becvar Property (Munson), Brede Property (Troy), Buff-Chard Property (Munson), Clause Property (Montville), Farley Property (Parkman), Hart Property (Troy), Hehmeyer Property (Chester), Henk Property (Hambden), Longo (Hambden), Oakton (Claridon), Welton’s Gorge (Burton), Yoder (Parkman)


Disclaimer: After your completed controlled hunt, please return the Controlled Hunt Survey Card you received with your permit. In order to successfully track deer harvesting, any hunter who does not return their data card by Feb. 28, 2018, may not be considered for future participation.