|Unnatural deer densities have resulted in noticeable browse lines throughout our wooded areas, affecting plant communities and other wildlife.
Updated June 12, 2012
Archery | Division of Wildlife
Regionally and throughout the state, changes in habitat and the elimination of natural predators have allowed deer herds to grow to unnatural densities, threatening biodiversity.
In some areas, deer densities have been documented at more than 200 per square mile. Densities that exceed 20 per square mile are associated with threats to biodiversity.
Since 2004, sharpshooters have culled more than 1,630 deer in the Metro Parks, and the venison has been donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Almost 8,000 pounds were donated last year.
In four previous seasons of our public archery program, participants took 190 total deer.
2012 Archery Program
Press Release | Archery Rules | Application*
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will allow hunting by bow and arrow or crossbow in select areas by permit this fall as part of its deer management program. Each permit, determined by lottery Friday, July 27, is good for up to three adults and three juveniles.
*Mail archery applications to:
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County
P.O. Box 5250
Akron, OH 44334
Applications must be postmarked by July 16. Lottery winners will be notified by August 3, and the individuals named on permits will have to pass an archery test.