Summit Metro Parks Your Back Yard for 95 Years

Deer Management

Archery Program

Summit Metro Parks will allow hunting by bow and arrow or crossbow in more than 20 selected areas by permit this fall as part of its ongoing deer management program.

Each permit is good for up to four adults and two juveniles. Only Summit County residents may enter the lottery, but individuals whose names are chosen may add non-Summit residents to their permits.

For details about the wheelchair-bound lottery, contact project manager Eric Fitch at or 330-753-5789.

2016 Lottery Dates:

  • Applications are due by July 16, 2016.
  • The drawing will be held on July 22, 2016.
  • Winners will be notified by August 2, 2016 if they have been selected.

2016 Lottery Documents:

  • View the 2016 lottery instructions here.
  • Download the application to participate here.
  • View our deer archery rules and regulations here.

Deer Culling

Summit Metro Parks has managed deer populations in its parks and conservation areas since the early 2000s, in areas where the archery program isn't possible. Due to the absence of natural predators and the elimination of habitat, deer populations have soared above acceptable, natural levels of five to 20 deer per square mile. In some cases, we previously estimated up to 200 deer per square mile.

The damaged caused by excessive deer browse is well-documented. Our program is designed to restore balance and maintain biodiversity.

Since the start of the program, tens of thousands of pounds of venison have been donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

2017 Program:

With permission from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the park district will manage deer in the following locations:

  • Cascade Valley
  • Deep Lock Quarry
  • Hampton Hills
  • Liberty Park
  • Munroe Falls
  • O’Neil Woods
  • Sand Run