We often talk about youth hunting in Ohio, and it is my belief that the state is ahead of the curve on this. There are so many good opportunities for youth hunting compared to other states. The Ohio DNR’s leadership gets it in that the youth are the future of our sport.
With that said, here’s yet another opportunity for Ohio’s youths to take part.
A lottery drawing will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. for youth bowhunters wishing to participate in this year’s archery season for white-tailed deer at the Abraham Forest, one mile west of Green Springs, according to the Ohio DNR. The lottery will be held at the Green Springs WSOS facility, 1518 East County Road 113, Green Springs. Applicants must be present to participate in the lottery drawing.
Four lottery applicants will be selected for bowhunting privileges and assigned a specific time to hunt. Lottery winners will be permitted to hunt during two specific two-week periods, from Sunday, Nov. 12, through Saturday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Dec. 10, through Saturday, Dec. 23.
Youth hunters are permitted to hunt with one additional licensed youth, and they must be accompanied by a fully licensed non-hunting adult.
To be eligible to enter the lottery, applicants must possess a current Ohio youth hunting license and a deer tag. Youth applicants must be 17 years old and younger and have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the special-use hunting permit.
More information may be obtained by contacting the ODNR Division of Forestry’s Northwest District Office at 419-424-5004