COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will offer special archery deer hunts at nine locations, which border four of Ohio’s state scenic rivers, through local lottery drawings. The hunts will offer sportsmen and women a unique opportunity to explore seldom visited sites, while lessening the impact of deer browsing on native plant populations.
The Scenic Rivers program has identified properties along some of Ohio’s highest quality rivers and streams to be open for the hunts. These woodland and successional habitats, including broad floodplains and upland regions, have seen very little hunting and should offer good conditions.
Application for the hunts will be handled at the local level by ODNR staff during scheduled drawings. Hunters must attend the meetings for the hunts in which they have an interest. At that time, hunters can enter the drawing by purchasing a single ticket at the price of $5. Hunters must possess a valid 2018-2019 hunting license to purchase tickets.
Names will be randomly drawn, and those selected will be permitted to choose a specific time to hunt. An orientation will be conducted immediately following the drawing, outlining special regulations for the hunts. Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner. The partner is not required to attend the drawing or orientation.
All of these special hunts will be archery only, and each winner will receive a two-week period in which they can hunt at that particular site. Hunters may enter the drawings for all nine of the hunts, but they must attend the meeting for each hunt in order to enter the drawing. Entry forms will not be accepted by mail or phone.
Hunt locations and drawing dates are listed below.
The meeting and drawing for hunts along the Big and Little Darby Creek (Terra Nova, Milford Center, Andre Agnes and Little Darby Forrest Preserve) will be held at the Plain City Youth Building, located in Pastime Park, 344 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. This drawing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Terra Nova (Union County) – This site is located on Big Darby Creek. The hunt site is located on North Lewisburg Road in North Lewisburg.
Milford Center (Union County) – This is site located on Big Darby Creek. The hunt site is located between Middleburg-Plain City Road and North Darby Coe Road just southeast of Collins Road.
Andre Agnes and Little Darby Forrest Preserves (Madison County) – Both sites are located on the Little Darby Creek. This hunt is being conducted in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and opens two sites for bowhunting this season just west of the village of West Jefferson off State Route 29.
The meetings and drawings for all four Little Miami River sites (Deerfield Gorge, Caesar Creek, Hall’s Creek and Roxanna) will be held at the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Caesar Creek Visitors Center, 4020 North Clarksville Road, Waynesville. This drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9 a.m.
Deerfield Gorge (Warren County) – This site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site is located on King Avenue, Maineville.
Caesar Creek (Warren County) – This site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site for Caesar Creek is located on County Road 30 (Middletown Road), Waynesville.
Hall’s Creek (Warren County) – This site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site for Hall’s Creek is located on Mason Morrow Millgrove Road, Morrow.
Roxanna (Greene County) – This site is located on the Little Miami River. The hunt site for Roxanna is located on U.S. Route 42, Spring Valley.
The meeting and drawing for the Stillwater River Hunt will be held at the Barn at Stillwater Prairie, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. This drawing will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. with registration beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Abshire-Graves (Darke County) – This site is located on the Stillwater River. The hunt site is located on State Route 185, Versailles.
Cool-Davis (Miami County) – This site is located on the northeast corner of the State Route 185 bridge crossing over the Stillwater River in Miami County.
For more information about hunting seasons and regulations, call 800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.gov.
Ohio pioneered the river preservation movement in 1968 with the passage of the nation’s first scenic rivers act. This legislation created a state program to protect Ohio’s remaining high-quality streams for future generations. During 2018, the Scenic Rivers program has been celebrating 50 years of working with Ohio communities to protect some of the state’s highest quality rivers. Scenic rivers retain most of their natural characteristics at a time when many rivers reflect the negative impacts of human activities. There are currently 14 designated state scenic rivers in Ohio.
To learn more about 50th anniversary events in the different regions of the state for the Scenic Rivers program, visit watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/scenicrivers.