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.

2021-22 Fall/Winter Controlled Hunting

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

 

IMPORTANT: IF YOU SUBMITTED YOUR APPLICATION BEFORE JULY 1 but did not receive confirmation that it was successfully received, please resend it as soon as possible to geaugaparkdistrict@gmail.com, as we have been unable to receive emails sent to our regular email addresses. Thank you.

 

2021-22 ApplicationPartner Disclaimer

Youth Squirrel (Shotgun Only): Oct. 16-17 at Observatory Park (application deadline was Sept. 3)

Youth Gun: Nov. 20-21 at The Rookery (applications due Monday, Nov. 1)

Regular Gun: Nov. 29-30 at The Rookery and Dec. 1-2 at The West Woods (applications due Monday, Nov. 1)

Muzzleloader: Jan. 8 & 10, 2022, at Observatory Park (applications due Friday, Dec. 17)

Archery: Sept. 25, 2021-Feb. 6, 2022 (applications due Friday, Sept. 3)
Please note that, for archery, public applicants will hunt Longo Property (Hambden) and designated areas of Observatory Park (Montville), while only neighbors who apply will hunt the following properties: 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), Oakton Property (Claridon), designated areas of Orchard Hills Park (Chester) and Yoder Property (Parkman).

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.

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.