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Controlled hunting and trapping is used to maintain healthy, balanced populations of plants and animals on Park District properties.
Since 2007, time has proven it a viable management tool and a proactive approach to our mission.
With residents involved in these goals, we all take stake in Geauga's natural resources together.
All hunters and trappers must complete Park District requirements, including qualifications and
applications for
permits, before hunting or trapping on Park District property.

Rangers and/or signs will be posted at park entrances during the controlled hunting dates listed below
as a reminder to visits that those parks are closed that day for controlled hunting.



2017-18 Controlled Trapping Program
for Beaver & Muskrat

Note: Applications to trap in the parks this season will be accepted through October 27.



Dec. 26, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018 • Bass Lake Preserve, Claridon Woodlands & Observatory Park


Nov. 10, 2017-Feb. 28, 2018 • Beartown Lakes Reservation & Oakton Property



2017-18 Controlled Hunting Program
for White-tailed Deer

Note: The application period has ended for this year's program.

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


Jan. 6-7, 2018 • Observatory Park



Sept. 30, 2017- Feb. 4, 2018 • listed properties below



Abela Parkman
Artim Chardon
Bass Lake (designated areas) Munson
Beaver Creek Munson
Becvar Munson
Brede Troy
Buff-Chard Munson
Clause Montville
Farley Parkman
Hart Troy
Hehmeyer Chester
Henk 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 to Geauga Park District. 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 controlled hunts.