|Unnatural deer densities have resulted in noticeable browse lines throughout our wooded areas, affecting plant communities and other wildlife.
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.
Venison from deer culled in the Metro Parks is donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Since the start of the deer management program, almost 75,000 pounds of venison have been given to the Foodbank.
In winter 2014, Metro Parks had permission from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, to manage the population in six parks: Cascade Valley, Hampton Hills, Liberty Park, Munroe Falls, O'Neil Woods and Sand Run. The program was conducted over 10 nights.
2014-15 Archery Program
Press Release | Archery Rules | Archery Instructions | Application*
Summit Metro Parks will allow hunting by bow and arrow or crossbow in more than 20 selected areas by permit this fall. Each permit, determined by lottery Friday, July 25, is good for up to three adults and three juveniles. Only Summit County residents may enter the lottery, but individuals whose names are chosen may add non-Summit residents to their permits.
*Mail archery applications to:
Summit Metro Parks
P.O. Box 5250
Akron, OH 44334
Applications must be postmarked by July 19, 2014. Lottery winners will be notified via email by August 5, and the individuals named on permits will have to pass a supervised archery test.
Up to three hunting permits will be assigned per location. All areas are remote and have limited public access. Hunters must follow park rules and regulations and the hunting guidelines established by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Hunting season is September 27 to February 1.