Ohio deer hunters wondering how they fared in the annual special management deer hunts can restlessly toss and turn no more.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife has completed its random lottery drawing for the various hunts.
Among these hunts is the one for Camp Ravenna - more popularly called Ravenna Arsenal.
Some of the other special hunts are the ones at NASA’s Plum Brook Research Station, the Mosquito Creek Refuge muzzle-loader- only hunt, the deer hunts at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, the several mobility impaired hunts, as well as the women’s hunt, also at Camp Ravenna.
Odds are always long against being selected, of course. For the Camp Ravenna adult hunt the Wildlife Division received 4,798 applications but awarded only 176 permits. There will be only three hunts conducted here as well, including the women’s hunt in which selected females can shoot a deer of either sex while their partners (man or woman) is entitled to shoot does only.
To determine if you were successful in the lottery drawing, visit the Natural Resources Department’s web site at www.odnr.gov. Then go to the bar listing various departmental components and click on the word “Recreation.”
That will place you on the Wildlife Division’s home page. Scroll down to licenses to where it says “Buy a License or Stamp.”
When that page appears scroll down to “Manage Your Customer Account,” which is the last item on the page.
Once there, strike the cursor on “Start Now” which will offer the viewer four options for viewing his or her account.
Likely the most popular one will include the person’s last name, birth date and last four digits of his or her Social Security number.
Lastly, strike the cursor on the search “My Lottery Application and Results.”
The entire process is both seamless and pretty straight-forward.
It is important to note that the lottery results are for the various special management deer hunts only.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife will conduct the same type of random lottery drawing for the special waterfowl hunts with the results becoming available only after the setting of the duck- and goose-hunting seasons.
That process will be performed by the eight-member Ohio Wildlife Council toward the end of August. It may be early September before the results of the waterfowl hunt lottery drawing are known.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
Jeff is the retired News-Herald reporter who covered the earth
sciences, the area's three county park systems and the outdoors for the
During his 30 years with The News-Herald Jeff was the recipient of more
than 100 state, regional and national journalism awards. He also is a
columnist and features writer for the Ohio Outdoor News, which is
published every other week and details the outdoors happenings in the