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.

2023 Spring Turkey Hunt

Geauga Park District is pleased to offer a turkey hunting opportunity this spring on park property.

Youth Hunt: April 15 & 16; applications due March 27

Adult Hunt: April 29 through May 28; applications due April 3

To apply, download and complete the following form and email it to, or mail to Geauga Park District, 9160 Robinson Road, Chardon, OH 44024.

Spring Turkey Hunt Application Form

Hunters will be selected by random drawing and notified via email of their acceptance and hunt location. Permits will be sent electronically and include hunt and location information. Details about submitting an application can be found on the form as well. Please note that ODNR rules and regulations apply to all hunting conducted on park property.

2022-23 Controlled Trapping

Geauga County residents may now apply to conduct controlled trapping of muskrat, beaver and/or coyote on park property. See the application below for additional details.

2022-23 Application