Waterfowl Hunting Sites

General Hunting Information

Hunting is permitted at Walborn Reservoir and Deer Creek Reservoir near Alliance.  Waterfowl hunting sites (#1-10) are available on the main body of Walborn Reservoir. A permanent accessible blind is located approximately 200 yards from the Reeder Ave. Trailhead using an asphalt trail.

Five additional hunting sites (#11-15) are available at Deer Creek Reservoir (electric motors only). Hunting licenses are required.
All state regulations apply with the following exceptions:

  • Deer hunting at Walborn Reservoir with a firearm is prohibited
  • Waterfowl hunting at Walborn Reservoir between Price St. and Marlboro Ave. is from designated sites/areas only
  • No waterfowl hunting from Walborn Reservoir or Deer Creek Reservoir blinds on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Regular Season.

Visit the Ohio Division of Wildlife's hunting regulation webpage for more information.

Information about the controlled deer hunting (archery only) at Quail Hollow Park and Nimisila Preserve can be found here.

2023 Early Waterfowl Season

(Goose) Sept. 2 to 10

(Teal) Sept. 2 to 17
Entries were accepted through Aug. 6, 2023. You will be contacted with selections after Aug. 8.

Regular Season Lottery

Entries will be accepted from Aug. 22 through Sept. 12, 2023.  You will be contacted with selections after Sept. 14, 2023.

After dates are selected a permit will be issued.  There are no fees involved in obtaining a permit. The permit will be valid for up to two weeks at the blind site of your choosing.   You may bring or build a temporary blind at your permitted site.

Participants should have the following information:

  1. State ID/Driver's License #
  2. Valid Hunting License
  3. Valid State and Federal Duck Stamp

2023 Hunting Period Dates

Youth and Military Weekend: Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2023

Period #1  Oct 21 – Oct 29, 2023

Period #2 Nov 11 – Nov 19, 2023

Period #3 Nov 19 – Dec 3, 2023

Period #4 Dec 3 – Dec 17, 2023

Period #5 Dec 17 – Dec 31, 2023

Duck season ends, Dec. 31, 2023.  Canada goose season continues as open hunting from sites until Feb. 5, 2024 without a permit.

Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations

Hunters interested in obtaining a permit to hunt Walborn or Deer Creek Reservoirs will be required to participate in a public drawing held online each year.

1.  Permits will be issued for a period of two weeks.  A hunter can apply for a permit only once.  In the case that blind sites remain available after the conclusion of the drawing, a hunter may apply for additional permits by calling 330-479-2359

2. From Jan 1 until the end of the hunting season, all blind sites will be open to hunting without a permit. All established No Hunting zones will remain in effect during this period.  During this period, all blinds used must be removed at the completion of each hunt.

3.  Walborn Reservoir will have ten blind sites and Deer Creek Reservoir will have five.  The accessible blind at Walborn Reservoir will remain available for reservation via permit.

4.  Maximum of 3 persons may hunt each day. The permit is valid for the person listed and up to 2 partners. Partners may differ each day, however the permittee must be present.

5.  Hunting may occur only from the blind location listed on the permit. Each blind site will be marked on a map provided to you and also marked on the shoreline with a numbered sign. Hunting may only occur within 25 yards of the blind location marker.

6.  All blind sites will continue to be closed to hunting on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

7.  You may place or construct a temporary blind at your site no earlier than noon on the day of your permit start date. You must remove your temporary blind from your site by noon on your permit end date.  If you are familiar with the next permit holder and wish to leave a temporary blind intact you may do so.  Permittee name must be clearly visible on any temporary blind.

8.  Boat blinds are permitted, however must comply with Rule 5 listed above and be stationed at the blind site.

9.  Litter citations will be issued to any permittee that leaves any litter or waterfowl blind material behind. The permittee is responsible for the complete removal of all blind material and litter including shell casings.

10.  Permit must be in your possession while hunting.