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.

Each primary hunter must…

1. Be a Geauga County resident.

2. Possess a valid Ohio hunting license.

3. Obey all Geauga Park District rules and regulations.

4. Adhere to ODNR rules and regulations for hunting conducted on park property.

5. Possess a map of property boundaries while hunting.

6. Protect park property and resources from damage.

7. Not trespass on private property unless permission is granted by the landowner and the hunter is accompanied by a Geauga Park District ranger or appropriate law enforcement officer.

7. Not construct permanent tree stands or equipment.

8. Understand that permits are NOT transferable and dates are NOT negotiable.

2022-23 Controlled Hunting for White-tailed Deer

Hunters will be selected by random drawing and notified via email of acceptance and hunt location shortly after application deadline. Permits will be sent electronically and include hunt and location information. Details about mailing applications can be found on the form as well.

To apply, download and complete the following form and email it to Applications missing any required fields will be automatically disqualified. Applicants may only choose one hunt method. Please contact us with any trapping or other method requests.

2022-23 Digital Application

Please utilize the digital application above if possible; otherwise, a printable version can be downloaded here.

Details on this year’s hunting and trapping program follow. Hunting education opportunities will also be listed as they become available.

  • Archery
    Sept. 24, 2022-Feb. 5, 2023
    Please note that archery method applicants will hunt the Longo Property (Hambden), while those who apply for the neighbor method will hunt the following properties: Abela Property (Parkman), designated areas of Bass Lake Preserve (Munson), Becvar Property (Munson), Brede Property (Troy), Clause Property (Montville), Farley Property (Parkman), Hart Property (Troy), Oakton Property (Claridon), designated areas of Orchard Hills Park (Chester) and Yoder Property (Parkman).
  • Youth Gun
    Nov. 19-20, 2022, at The Rookery
  • Regular Gun
    Nov. 28 & 29, 2022, at Observatory Park
    Dec. 2 & 3, 2022, at The West Woods
  • Muzzleloader
    Jan. 7, 8 & 9, 2023, at The Rookery

Disclaimer: After your completed controlled hunt, please notify Geauga Park District by emailing or calling 440-286-9516 with your harvest results. In order to successfully track deer harvesting, any hunter who does not submit their results by the end of his or her hunt may not be considered for future participation.