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Controlled Hunting & Trapping Events

The Division of Wildlife conducts annual hunts on a number of areas that are normally closed to hunting. Because of social distancing requirements, ODNR controlled hunting applications will only be accepted online for the 2020-2021 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 most controlled hunts is July 1-31, 2020. 
This application period is now closed.
*You must have a hunting license to apply for controlled hunts.

Controlled trapping lotteries at Magee Marsh and Killdeer Plains

Controlled trapping lotteries at Magee Marsh and Killdeer Plains are now available! Apply online for these opportunities now until November 29, 2020. Drawings will be completed the following week, and the permits will be valid beginning December 7th through the remainder of the trapping season. Applicants will need to have a fur taker permit to apply.

Download the complete list of 2020-2021 Controlled Hunting Opportunities
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a controlled hunt?

  • Controlled hunts 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 will be offered for mourning dove, quail, waterfowl, white-tailed deer, ring-necked pheasant, small game, and trapping.
  • Hunts are available for all hunters including youth, mentor, women, and mobility impaired applicants.

What controlled waterfowl hunts will be offered at Pickerel Creek in 2020?

  • Product code 2519 Pickerel Creek Waterfowl Hunt will be offered for morning and afternoon hunts on the opening Day of teal season (September 5th), opening day of regular duck season (October 10th), opening day of the second split regular duck season (November 7th), and the refuge portion of Pickerel Creek for Wednesday and Saturday of the teal and regular seasons (October 17th and November 14th will not be drawn because of a controlled deer hunt in the refuge).
  • Product code 2724 Pickerel Creek WA Youth Waterfowl Hunt will be offered for morning and afternoon hunts during the youth waterfowl weekend October 3rd and 4th

Keep in mind:

  • All daily draws have been cancelled.
  • The remainder of the year, the controlled waterfowl hunting area will be open to all activities (Wildlife Area). Reminder; Zones 1-7 is refuge and will remain controlled hunting.
  • 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.
  • 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).

How do I apply for controlled hunts?

  • Apply online July 1-31, 2020. There will be no in-person drawings for 2020-21 controlled hunts.
  • You must have already purchased a hunting license at the time you apply for a controlled hunt.
  • Applications will be accepted for controlled hunts taking place on ODNR properties, including Natural Areas and Preserves, Scenic Rivers, Ohio State Parks & Watercraft, and Wildlife. All controlled hunts will be offered online this year. There will be no in-person drawings for 2020-21 controlled hunts.
  • 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.
  • Beaver/otter and furbearer hunting opportunities will be offered online in October.

How do I apply for controlled waterfowl hunts offered at Pickerel Creek in 2020?

  • Apply online July 1-31, 2020. There will be no in-person drawings for 2020-21 controlled hunts.
  • 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

Keep in mind:

  • All daily draws have been cancelled.
  • The remainder of the year, the controlled waterfowl hunting area will be open to all activities (Wildlife Area). Reminder; Zones 1-7 is refuge and will remain controlled hunting.
  • 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.
  • 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).

How will I know if I'm drawn?

  • Lotteries are run the first week of August.
  • Applicants will receive an email by August 10th, 2020 with their results.
  • Visit the Ohio Wildlife Licensing System and click Manage Customer Account to print your permit and packet containing your hunt rules and map. Hunters are required to print their permit and packet and carry it 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.
  • Deer hunters may use the $15 antlerless or $24 either-sex permit at controlled hunts. The $15 antlerless permits may be used outside of the effective date listed on the permit.
  • 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.
  2. Click “Your Account"
  3. Choose a search method to identify your account
  4. Your Customer ID number is printed on the address label of the envelope, as well as on your hunting license – this is the easiest way to find your customer account.
  5. The "Manage Your Account" information will display.
  6. Click on "View Your Lottery applications and Results"
  7. View the name of each event for which you applied.
  8. For awarded hunts, click on the Print controlled hunt permit button.