Approximately 1,200 acres previously closed to hunting will be available to bow hunters as part of controlled hunts at Deer Creek, Malabar Farm, and Maumee Bay state parks, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters must be present at the drawing location they are interested in hunting.

All three drawings will occur at 1 PM on Saturday, October 21. All hunts are archery-only, and hunters must possess a valid 2017-18 hunting license and a valid deer permit in order to enter the drawings. Names will be randomly drawn, and those selected will be assigned a location to hunt in the state park.

Selected hunters will be eligible to hunt their assigned location from November 14 through December 17. Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner; the partner is not required to attend the drawing, but the partner must be named prior to the start of the hunt on November 14.

Drawing locations are as follows:

  • Deer Creek State Park Office: 20635 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling, 43143. Contact Zach Woodrow at 740-869-3124 or [email protected] for more information.
  • Malabar Farm State Park Office: 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, 44843. Contact Korre Boyer at 419-892-2784 or [email protected] for more information.
  • Maumee Bay State Park Office: 1400 State Park Road, Oregon, 43616. Contact Denis Buehler at 419-836-7758 or [email protected] for more information.

The mission of the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is to provide exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, protection and conservation of Ohio’s state parks and waterways.

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