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Controlled Hunting Access Lotteries

Controlled Hunting Access Lotteries

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 a hunting area map. Permits are offered for mourning dove, quail, waterfowl, white-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasant, small game, turkey, and trapping. 

Apply online for furbearer trapping and hunting permits October 1-17, 2021. 

Each application is $3 and is non-refundable. 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.

2021 Controlled Access Lotteries 

Expand the tabs below to view the 2021 Controlled Access Lotteries.

Deer Hunts

Deer Archery Hunts:

  • Applicants: Deer archery hunts will be open to all applicants, except the Steinen WA youth archery hunt and Eagle Creek All Species Youth Hunt which will be open to youth applicants, and the Buck Creek SP Veterans archery hunt which will be open to adults (see definitions in FAQs below).
  • Number of hunters with the permittee: Permittee and one hunting partner will be allowed to hunt.
  • Unit: Each permit will have an assigned unit that can be referenced on the map provided with the rules sheet.
  • Permit Duration: Valid permit dates will be shown on your permit. Permits will be issued for 2-week periods throughout the season generally starting on a Sunday and ending on a Saturday. This may vary at the beginning and end of the season. If permitted, check permit dates.
  • Shooting hours: Shooting hours are legal start time to legal end time daily for the duration of the permit.
  • Applicable permits: Deer management permits may be used on all controlled deer hunts administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Deer harvested on a controlled hunt do not count towards the county bag limit.
  • Additional Information: Eagle Creek All Species Hunts allow permittees to harvest any species in season during the permit dates. Any legal implement may be used during the hunts based on statewide hunting regulations.

The following deer archery hunts will be offered:

Deer Firearms Hunts:

  • Applicants: Hunts will be offered for adults, youth, mobility impaired, and mentor/mentees. 
  • Number of hunters with the permittee: Varies by permit. Refer to the rule sheet if permitted.
  • Unit: Each permit will have an assigned unit that can be referenced on the map provided with the rules sheet.
  • Permit Duration: Dates and duration vary by permit. If permitted refer to the dates listed on the permit.
  • Shooting hours: Shooting hours vary by permit. If permitted refer to the shooting hours listed on the permit.
  • Applicable permits: Deer management permits may be used on all controlled deer hunts administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Deer harvested on a controlled hunt do not count towards the county bag limit.

The following deer firearms hunts will be offered:

Waterfowl Hunts

  • Applicant: Waterfowl hunts will be open to all applicants. Youth hunts will be offered for the youth waterfowl weekend.
  • Number of hunters with the permittee: Permittee and two hunting partners. Youth hunts allow the permittee, one youth hunting partner, and one non-hunting adult.
  • Dates: September Goose and Teal hunts will occur on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday during the September season. Waterfowl hunts will occur on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday during open waterfowl seasons for each location (unless noted be an *).
  • Unit: Each permit will have an assigned unit that can be referenced on the map provided with the rules sheet.
  • Permit Duration: 1 day
  • Shooting hours: Sunrise to 10am for September Goose and Teal hunts. One half-hour before sunrise until 1pm for all other waterfowl hunts.
  • Applicable permits: A hunting license, a wetland habitat stamp, a federal habitat stamp, and HIP certification are required before waterfowl hunting.

The following waterfowl hunts will be offered:

*will be allowed to hunt all days of the week

Waterfowl Blind Lotteries

  • Applicant: Waterfowl Blind Lotteries will be open to all applicants. 
  • Dates: Permits will be issued for August 21, 2021. Permittees are responsible for arriving at the address listed on the permit at 8:00AM on August 21, 2021 to make their blind selection.  
  • Unit: A pick number will be listed on the permit in the unit section (i.e. Unit: Pick 1). The pick number represents the order in which you will make your blind selection on August 21. 
  • Permit Duration: A season-long permit will be issued to you for the blind which you select on August 21. The permit generated from the lottery is null after August 21, 2021. Permits issued for Mosquito Lake SP Waterfowl Blind Drawing will be for one (1) week durations and valid for dates listed on permit. 
  • Additional Information:
    • Applicants may only apply for a blind lottery at one location per year. The computer will gray out other waterfowl blind lotteries once you select the location to which you wish to apply.
    • Permittee is responsible to pay a $50 non-refundable permit fee upon blind selection (except at Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Spring Valley, Mosquito Lake, and Clark Lake).

The following waterfowl blind lotteries will be offered:

Dove Hunts

  • Applicant: Dove hunts will be open to all applicants. Youth and mentor hunts will be offered at Urbana WA, Caesar Creek WA, and St. Mary's Fish Hatchery.
  • Number of hunters: Permittee and one hunting partner will be allowed to hunt. 
  • Dates: One-day permits will be issued for either September 1 or September 2. If you win a permit, then refer to the date on the permit.
  • Unit: A number will be listed on the permit in the unit section (i.e. Unit: Stake 1). The unit number represents the stake that you are permitted to hunt. Refer to the map provided to locate and navigate to your assigned stake. Stakes are placed in fields approximately 100ft apart.
  • Permit Duration: 1 day
  • Shooting hours: Sunrise to sunset.
  • Applicable permits: A hunting license and HIP certification are required before dove hunting.

The following dove hunts will be offered:

Small Game Hunts

Pheasant Hunts

  • Applicant: Pheasant hunts will be open to all applicants. 
  • Number of hunters: Permittee and up to four hunting partners. 
  • Dates: Controlled pheasant hunts will occur on the Saturday of youth pheasant weekends, opening day of small game season, Saturday following Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day. 
  • Unit: Each permit will have an assigned unit that can be referenced on the map provided with the rules sheet.
  • Permit Duration: 1 day
  • Shooting hours:  Shooting hours are legal start time to legal end time daily for the duration of the permit. 
  • Applicable permits: A hunting license is required to hunt pheasant.

The following pheasant hunts will be offered: 

Squirrel Hunts

  • Applicant: Squirrel hunts are open to all applicants.
  • Number of hunters with the permittee: Permittee and one hunting partner 
  • Unit: Each permit will have an assigned unit that can be referenced on the map provided with the rules sheet.
  • Permit Duration: Valid permit dates will be shown on your permit. Permits will be issued for 2-week periods throughout the season generally starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday. This may vary at the beginning and end of the season. If permitted, check permit dates.
  • Shooting hours: Shooting hours are legal start time to legal end time daily for the duration of the permit.

The following squirrel hunts will be offered: 

Quail Hunts

  • Applicant: Quail hunts are open to all applicants.
  • Number of hunters with the permittee: Permittee and one hunting partner
  • Date: 11/6/2021 
  • Permit duration: 1 day
  • Shooting hours: Shooting hours are legal start time to legal end time daily for the duration of the permit.

The following Quail hunts will be offered: 

Furbearer Hunting and Trapping

Furbearing hunting and trapping lotteries will be available to apply online or over the phone October 1-17, 2021.

Trappers will only be able apply for beaver/otter trapping permits in one district. 

A list of all opportunities will be published the week of September 27th, 2021. 

Turkey - Coming March 2022

Details on Spring Turkey lotteries will be available here in March 2022. 

ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves & Scenic Rivers Deer Hunts

Controlled hunts on Nature Preserves and Scenic Rivers properties are in-person drawings done via lottery, managed by ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. Lotteries are held in late August-early September. 

Transportation Research Center Controlled (TRC) Deer Archery Hunt

The Transportation Research Center Controlled (TRC) Deer Archery Hunt in Logan and Union County will be administrated by TRC personnel.  Please send an email to wildlife@trcpg.com if you are interested in participating in this opportunity for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for controlled access lotteries?

  • You must be fully licensed and permitted to hunt the species for which you are applying. 

  • Hunters may apply for each hunt once annually.

  • Apply online  July 1-31, 2021. Each application is $3 and is non-refundable. Applications can also be taken over the phone at 1-866-703-1928 for a service fee of $5.50. 

Who can apply?

  • Youth: 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. 

  • Mentor hunts: Mentor hunts are designed to introduce new hunters, the mentee, to hunting in general or to hunting a species they have not pursued before. As an incentive to get hunters to be a mentor and introduce new hunters, both the mentee and the mentor can participate in the hunt if they win a permit. Applications for mentor hunts can be purchased by either the mentor, the mentee, or both. To qualify as a mentee, the applicant must not have hunted the species for which they are applying, or checked in an animal for deer and turkey, in the previous five years. A mentor can be anyone willing to introduce a mentee to hunting or hunting a particular species.  

  • Adults: Anyone 18 or older at the time of application. 

  • Mobility Impaired: 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.

  • Open: Open to all applicants.

What is a mentor hunt?

Mentor hunts are designed to introduce new hunters, the mentee, to hunting in general or to hunting a species they have not pursued before. As an incentive to get hunters to be a mentor and introduce new hunters, both the mentee and the mentor can participate in the hunt if they win a permit. Applications for mentor hunts can be purchased by either the mentor, the mentee, or both. To qualify as a mentee, the applicant must not have hunted the species for which they are applying, or checked in an animal for deer and turkey, in the previous five years. A mentor can be anyone willing to introduce a mentee to hunting or hunting a particular species. 

How will I know if I'm drawn?

  • Lotteries will be run the week of August 9th, 2021. 

  • Applicants will receive an email by August 13, 2021 with their results. 

  • Visit the Ohio Wildlife Licensing System or the HuntFish OH mobile app. Hunters are required to have a printed or digital copy of their permit on the day of the hunt. 

    • Click the “Manage" link in the "Your Account" tab 

    • 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) 

    • The "Manage Your Account" information will display. 

    • Click on "View Your Lottery applications and Results" (Second from the bottom) 

    • View the name of each event for which you applied. (Be sure you are looking at the correct year) 

    • 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. 

What do I do after I know I've been successfully drawn for a permit?

  • Follow the steps listed in the ‘How will I know if I’m drawn?’ tab to view your lottery results and retrieve your permit. 

  • Hunters are required to have a printed or digital copy of their permit on the day of the hunt, so either print your permit or navigate to it on the HuntFish OH mobile app

  • Each permit includes the name of the hunt, the date, and the unit for which you are permitted. 

  • Hunt rules and maps are provided along with the permit. It is your responsibility to know and follow the rules of the hunt and to study the map and know to which unit you are assigned. 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(T)

  • Should you have any questions about your permit, contact information for the hunt for which you are permitted is provided in the rules sheet. Additionally, you can call 1-800-WILDLIFE. 

 
Applicants and Odds

Past Controlled Hunt Applicants and Odds

2021 Controlled Hunt Applicants and Odds [pdf]

2020 Controlled Hunt Applicants and Odds [pdf]

2019 Controlled Hunt Applicants and Odds [pdf]

2018 Controlled Hunt Applicants and Odds [pdf]