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Controlled Hunting Access Lotteries

The Division of Wildlife conducts annual lotteries on a number of areas that are normally closed to hunting. Because of social distancing requirements, ODNR controlled access lottery applications will only be accepted online for the 2020-2021 hunting season. No in-person drawings will be available this year. Customers without internet access may call 1-866-703-1928 and apply for hunts by phone. There is an additional $5.50 service fee to apply for the phone option. 

The application period for spring turkey hunts is now CLOSED. 
*You must be fully licensed to hunt the species for which you are applying. 

2021 Spring Turkey Hunts

La Su An, Killbuck Marsh, and Mosquito Creek Youth Turkey Hunts

  • Must be 17 or younger and have a valid hunting license and spring turkey permit to apply.
  • Only one youth may hunt and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.
  • Permits will be randomly assigned for La Su An and Killbuck Marsh for the following dates. One day permits for April 17, 18, 24, and May 23, 2021. Two day permits for April 25-26, April 30-May 1, May 2-3, May 7-8, May 9-10, May 14-15, May 16-17, and May 21-22, 2021.
  • Permits will be randomly assigned for Mosquito Creek for the following dates. One day permits for April 17, 18, May 1, 30, 2021. Two day permits for May 2-3, May 7-8, May 9-10, May 14-15, May 16-17, May 21-22, May 23-24, and May 28-29, 2021.
  • 84 youth turkey access permits will be issued for La Su An Wildlife Area, 36 permits for Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area, 84 permits for Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area.

Killdeer Plains and Eagle Creek Youth Turkey Hunts

  • Must be 17 or younger and have a valid hunting license and spring turkey permit to apply.
  • Only one youth may hunt and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult.
  • Permits will be randomly assigned for each lottery for the following dates. One day permits for April 17, 18, 2021.
  • 6 youth turkey access permits will be issued for Eagle Creek Wildlife Area, 4 permits for Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area.

Killdeer Plains and Eagle Creek Mentor Turkey Hunts

  • Anyone with a valid hunting license and spring turkey permit may apply.
  • A mentor and mentee must both participate. To qualify as a mentee a hunter must not have checked a turkey in Ohio in the previous five hunting seasons.
  • Permits will be randomly assigned for each lottery for the following dates. One day permits for April 24, 2021. Two day permits for April 30-May 1, May 7-8, May 14-15, and May 21-22, 2021.
  • 15 mentor turkey access permits will be issued for Eagle Creek Wildlife Area, 10 permits for Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area.

Killdeer Plains and Eagle Creek Adult Turkey Hunts

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid hunting license and spring turkey permit to apply.
  • Permittee may hunt with one hunting partner of their choice.
  • Permits will be randomly assigned for each lottery for the following dates. One day permits for May 23, 2021. Two day permits for April 25-26, May 2-3, May 9-10, and May 16-17, 2021.
  • 15 adult turkey access permits will be issued for Eagle Creek Wildlife Area, 10 permits for Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a controlled access lottery?

  • Controlled access lotteries offer a unique opportunity for you to pursue several different species across the state of Ohio.
  • Successful applicants will receive a permit, rules, and hunting area map.
  • Hunts are offered for mourning dove, quail, waterfowl, white-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasant, small game, turkey and trapping.
  • Hunts are available for all hunters including youth, mentor, women, and mobility impaired applicants.

How do I apply for controlled access lotteries?

  • Apply online March 1-31, 2021. There will be no in-person drawings for 2020-21 controlled hunts.
  • You must be fully licensed to hunt the species for which you are applying.
  • Applications will be accepted for controlled access lotteries taking place on ODNR properties.
  • Hunters may apply for each hunt once annually. Each application is $3 and is non-refundable. Applications can be taken over the phone at 1-866-703-1928 for a service fee of $5.50.
  • Mourning dove, quail, waterfowl, white-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasant, and small game hunting applications will be available online July 1-31, 2021.
  • Trapping and furbearer hunting applications will be available online in October 2021.

How will I know if I'm drawn?

  • Turkey lotteries are run the first week of April.
  • Applicants will receive an email by April 10th, 2021 with their results.
  • Visit the Ohio Wildlife Licensing System or the HuntFish OH mobile app. Click Manage Customer Account to download your permit and packet containing your hunt rules and map. Hunters are required to have a printed or digital copy of their permit on the day of the hunt.


Keep in mind:

  • Hunters must be under 18 at the time of application to apply for youth hunts. Hunters must be under 18 at the time of the hunt to participate in youth hunts.
  • A mobility impaired person is any person, regardless of age, who is subject to a physiological defect or deficiency regardless of its cause, nature, or extent that renders the person unable to move about without the aid of crutches, a wheelchair, or any other form of support, or that limits the person’s functional ability to ambulate, climb, descend, sit, rise, or perform any related function.
  • Failure to follow controlled hunt rules and conditions could result in dismissal from the hunt, in addition to criminal charges pursuant to OAC 1501:31-9-01(u).

Drawing Results

To check the status of your lottery application(s), complete the following steps:

  1. Visit Ohio's Wildlife Licensing System or the HuntFish OH mobile app
  2. Click the “Manage" link in the "Your Account" tab
  3. Choose a search method to identify your account (Your Customer ID  can be found on your hunting/fishing license – this is the easiest way to find your customer account)
  4. The "Manage Your Account" information will display.
  5. Click on "View Your Lottery applications and Results" (Second from the bottom)
  6. View the name of each event for which you applied. (Be sure you are looking at the correct year)
  7. In the Award Status column, products indicated as ‘Successful’ mean you have been selected for a permit. Click the ‘Permit’ and ‘Rules’ links to download your hunt information.

2021 Controlled Fishing & Hunting Opportunities - Applicants & Odds [pdf]