A random drawing will be held to select participants for a special controlled deer hunt at Edison Woods MetroPark. Edison Woods MetroPark encompasses more than 1,300 acres of sandstone cliffs, wetlands, woodlands, and meadows, in north central Ohio. The MetroPark is home to a variety of seasonal wildflowers, rare plants amphibians and reptiles. There are approximately 550 acres of wetland habitats and 400 acres of restored native grasslands. Features include 10+ miles of wooded & prairie trails, the Adventure Walkway boardwalk and Geocaching.

High deer population numbers have begun to negatively impact the flora of the nature preserve. Reducing the deer herd is an effective tool used to help protect threatened plant communities. A lottery card drawing will be held for an adult deer gun hunt on November 26th through November 30th 2012. The hunt will take place in pre-determined sections of Edison Woods MetroPark, from ½ hour before sunrise to noon.

Applicants must hold a current Ohio hunting license to be eligible. Successful applicants will receive a permit which is good for two hunters. Permits are not transferable. Only successful applicants will be notified. Interested adult (18+) hunters may apply by mailing a postcard to ATTN: Tara Nagaich Erie MetroParks 3910 Perkins Ave, Huron, Ohio 44839 with a $5 application fee of either cash or check (made out to Erie MetroParks). Applicants need to clearly print their name, address, phone number, birth date and whether you are mobility impaired on the card with the word “Edison Woods Controlled Deer Hunt” labeled at the top. Postcards must be postmarked by September 15th, 2012 and include a $5 dollar application fee to qualify. Five permits will be issued per day and each hunter may bring one licensed partner. Chosen hunters will be notified by October 1st and must schedule their times by October 15th 2012 or your permit is forfeited.

Visit eriemetroparks.org for a full listing of lottery rules and special hunt details. Edison Woods MetroPark is located 8111 Smokey Road, Berlin Heights, Ohio 44814. To learn more, contact Erie MetroParks at 419-625-7783 ext. 221.

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