Adult and youth applications to participate in Geauga Park District’s 2019-20 Controlled Hunting Program for White-tailed Deer are now being accepted through July 31st.
Forms are available online at the new www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Activities, then Hunting & Trapping, or for pick-up at The West Woods Nature Center, Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center and Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Middlefield.
All lottery winners will be notified and required to complete qualifications before the hunt.
Controlled hunting has been used since the 2006-07 season to maintain healthy, balanced populations of plants and animals on Park District properties.
“Hunting is an important and necessary tool used in wildlife management,” said Park Biologist Paul Pira. “High deer numbers can have a very negative effect on native plant and animal biodiversity.”
With 12 hunting seasons since its inception, Geauga Park District’s program has established itself as a safe and effective one thanks to the fine efforts of Natural Resource Management and Ranger staff.
“The Ranger Department is pleased to support this opportunity for Geauga County residents while simultaneously supporting Geauga Park District’s natural resource management goals and its mission,” Lt. Ranger Dennis Sloan said.
Said Executive Director John Oros, “Our program also gives our county residents the opportunity to enjoy Nature through hunting. Our Amish neighbors to the east have praised the program and consider it a valuable asset. Others value the opportunity to introduce hunting to a family member through our youth hunts.
“When out in the parks and our communities, our staff receives regular compliments regarding the quality of our hunting programs, and speaking to the necessity of the program in ensuring a hunting heritage remains on public lands. County residents look forward to many more years of hunting at Geauga Park District.”
Learn more about the program, including approved 2019-20 dates and locations when available, at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org under Activities, then Hunting & Trapping.
For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.