Controlled Hunting Deer Lottery

The lottery will open on Sept. 7 and close on Sept. 19, 2021.   Entry fee is $15, non-refundable.  Lottery participants must be a Stark County resident to register and attend a qualification session.  One entry per person.

Quail Hollow Park and trails will remain open during the fall and winter hunting season.   Park users are encouraged to wear bright colors and stay on designated trails.  

Regionally and throughout the state of Ohio, changes in habitat and the elimination of natural predators have allowed deer herds to grow to unnatural densities.  White-tailed deer are one of the most common wildlife species in the eastern United States. Although enjoyed by many, high deer populations can negatively impact crops and native vegetation as the increasing numbers of deer seek out more food sources. The high numbers of deer also lead to an increase in motor vehicle collisions. These impacts are often most notable in areas where hunting is not permitted, such as in state and local parks.

A 2021 study of the White-tailed deer population was conducted by a group from Malone University.  Their deer density estimate at Quail Hollow Park ranged from 212 to 360 deer per square mile. 

Biologists suggest that the optimal deer count in healthy forests is 15 to 28 deer per square mile. It is likely that the overabundance of deer at Quail Hollow Park is negatively affecting ecosystem function by spreading disease among the herds, damaging crops in the park’s surrounding areas, and stripping the forest floor of native plants.

In order to restore and maintain a balanced ecosystem, a deer management program at Quail Hollow Park will be conducted by a lottery-based controlled archery hunt.

2021 Virtual Lottery

The lottery will open on Sept. 7 and close on Sept. 19, 2021.   Entry fee is $15, non-refundable.  Lottery participants must be a Stark County resident.  

Those selected will be eligible for one (1) two-week session during Ohio Deer Archery season. Selected Bow Hunters will chose their two-week session and assigned zone in the order they are selected in the lottery, and those selected will be permitted to bring one hunting companion with them.  Companion will also pay $15 and attend a qualification session.  (Companion does not need to be a Stark County resident)

Applicants will be notified by phone beginning on Sept. 20, 2021.  Please note that this is not an in-person event.  Available slots begin on Oct. 2, 2021 and run until the end of archery season.  

Qualification Periods

Several qualification sessions are offered below and required.  A successful applicant and their designated companion will need to attend one of the offered sessions.  To qualify, each applicant must be able to place at least four out of five arrows in a 10" diameter target from a position at 20 yards.

To encourage harvesting anterless deer, successful applicants and their designated partners will be required to show a valid deer management permit at qualification along with a valid hunting license.  

September 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Tam O'Shanter Park

September 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Quail Hollow Park

September 24, 5 to 7 p.m., Tam O'Shanter Park

September 25, 6 to 8 p.m., Tam O'Shanter Park

September 25, 6 to 8 p.m.  Quail Hollow Park

September 28, 5 to 8 p.m.,  Quail Hollow Park

Site Session Dates

Each session will have five sites available during the following dates:

October 2 to October 15

October 16 to October 29

October 30 to November 12

November 13 to November 26

November 27 to December 10

December 11 to December 24

December 25 to January 7, 2022

January 8 to January 21, 2022

January 22 to February 6, 2022

Program Rules and Information

Stark Parks bow hunting rules are in addition to Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) rules and regulations. Each bow hunter will be required to agree and sign to follow the complete list of rules and regulations. Failure to comply with regulations will result in possible fines and disqualification from any Stark Parks hunting program.

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