Hunting and Blinds

2018-19 Waterfowl Hunting Hunters interested in obtaining a permit to hunt Walborn or Deer Creek Reservoirs are required to attend a public drawing on Sept. 8, 2018 at the Walborn Reservoir MarinaNew in 2018: Daily blind rental will be replaced by a new waterfowl hunting permit program. The new system is similar to other agencies in the area and reduces confusion with the daily rental system.  It should also help with blind location with the fluctuating water levels at Walborn Reservoir. There will be no fees involved in obtaining a permit. The permit will be valid for up to two weeks at the blind site of your choosing. Permits will reserve a blind site location for the selected time period. We will no longer be providing permanent hunting blinds. You may bring or build a temporary blind at your permitted site. Blind site location permits will also be available for Deer Creek Reservoir at the 2018 lottery. Please see below for a detailed list of Rules and Regulations.

General Hunting Information

Hunting is permitted at Walborn Reservoir and Deer Creek Reservoir near Alliance. Ten waterfowl hunting sites are available on the main body of Walborn Reservoir. A permanent accessible blind is located approximately 200 yards from the Reeder Ave. Trailhead. 

Five additional hunting sites 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 blinds on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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

September Lottery

Hunters must be present for the drawing to claim days.  All Ohio and federal hunting and fishing regulations apply.
A separate lottery will be held for youth weekend permits on the same day.

Participants should bring the following:

  1. Photo identification
  2. Last year's or this year's hunting license
  3. Last year's or this year's federal and state duck stamps

Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations

Hunters interested in obtaining a permit to hunt Walborn or Deer Creek Reservoirs will be required to attend a public drawing on September 8th, 2018 at the Walborn Marina.

1.  Permits will be issued for a period of two weeks.  A hunter can apply for a permit only once on the day of the drawing. A separate drawing will held for youth weekend. In the case that blind sites remain available after the conclusion of the drawing, a hunter may apply for additional permits by calling  330.409.8096.

2. From Jan 1, 2019 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. A calendar will be available showing all available hunting days for the 2018 season. 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 prior to 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.

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