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.

Applications for the 2020-21 Controlled Hunting Programs for Adults & Youth were due July 31, 2020.

Please note that Observatory Park will be closed for hunting Nov. 21 & 22, Dec. 19 & 20, and Jan. 2 & 3; The Rookery will be closed for hunting Nov. 30 & Dec. 1; and The West Woods will be closed for hunting Dec. 5 & 6.

2020-21 Controlled Hunting for White-tailed Deer

See below for details on this year’s hunting and trapping program. As hunting education opportunities become available, they will also be listed below.

  • Youth Gun: Nov. 21-22, 2020 • Observatory Park
  • Regular Gun: Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2020 • The Rookery
  • Regular Gun: Dec. 5 & 6 • The West Woods
  • Regular Gun: Dec. 19 & 20 • Observatory Park
  • Muzzleloader: Jan. 2 & 3, 2020 • Observatory Park
  • Archery: Sept. 26, 2020-Feb. 7, 2021 • Abela Property (Parkman), Artim Property (Chardon), designated areas of Bass Lake (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 Property (Hambden), Oakton Property (Claridon), designated areas of Observatory Park (Montille), designated areas of Orchard Hills Park (Chester), Yoder Property (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 the specified date may not be considered for future participation.