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Deer archery hunting opportunity available for mentors and new hunters

| September 24, 2018

ATHENS – A special deer archery hunt bringing together experienced and new hunters will be held in November at Lake Hope State Park in Vinton County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Successful applicants will be granted the opportunity to hunt within a portion of Lake Hope State Park that is otherwise closed to public hunting. The archery hunt will take place Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11, and each selected pair will be able to hunt all three days.

Those interested in hunting must apply by calling the ODNR Division of Wildlife at 740-589-9930. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Both hunters must apply as a pair and must meet the following requirements to participate in the hunt:

A mentor is a person who accompanies someone who is new to deer hunting. The mentor must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid hunting license.

The person new to deer hunting can be of any age. The person must meet one of the following to be eligible as a new deer hunter:

Has never held an Ohio hunting license or Ohio apprentice hunting license.

Has previously held an Ohio hunting license or apprentice hunting license but has not bought a deer permit or has not game checked a white-tailed deer in the last five years.

Both applicants must provide customer identification numbers, telephone numbers, and email addresses (if applicable). New hunters must possess an Ohio hunting license or Ohio apprentice hunting license to apply.

Participants will be selected through a random drawing. Successful applicants will be contacted and provided with an area map, hunting location, and other hunt details. Applicants who are not drawn and applicants who fail to meet the requirements will not be contacted.

For more information about the ODNR Division of Wildlife and other controlled hunting opportunities visit wildohio.gov.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

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