Deer Management Program 2019

Close up photograph of Maple Leafs in Autumn

Deer Management Program 2019

Deer Management Program Starts on Saturday September 28

With no natural predators, the over population of deer are damaging the natural park environment. Deer overpopulation in our forests diminish the habitat, meaning fewer sapling trees that will become the mature trees of the future. This is because deer feed on many species of tree seedlings, damage sapling trees, all which provide habitat for the many birds and other wildlife that depend on them.

Because protecting our forests is so important, similar programs are operated in local, state and federal park systems such as Great Parks of Hamilton County, Cleveland Metro Parks, Dayton Five Rivers Metro Parks, East Fork State Park, Cuyahoga National Park, and many others. Since 2007, as a way of addressing these challenges and promoting healthy forests the Board of Park Commissioners has operated a Deer Management program, including bow hunting, in accordance with the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Wildlife.

Cincinnati Parks partners with other groups, such as the Clifton Deer Fertility Control Study to identify deer hunting alternative approaches that may prove effective. Cincinnati Parks is also installing fencing to protect seedlings and understory plants from deer, as a research method to determine the efficacy of program in managing the deer population.

Deer hunting season in Ohio opens on Saturday September 28, 2019. Please note that certain trails and areas of the parks may be affected. Cincinnati Parks makes every effort to limit these interruptions, using feedback from park users to reduce and minimize park and trail closures during peak times.

For portions of the fall and winter, specified areas and trails within Cincinnati Parks will be closed as part of the Deer Management program. Hunting will begin Sept. 28, 2019 and run through Feb. 2, 2020. Sections of Alms Park, Ault Park, Bradford – Felter – Tanglewood Preserve, California Woods Preserve, Daniel Drake Park, Glenway Woods, Magrish Riverland Preserve, Miles Edwards Park, Mt. Airy Park, Seymour Preserve, and Stanbery Park will be affected during open sessions. The public is asked to observe posted “Trail Closed” and “Park Area Closed” signs in the parks.

To view closure calendars and maps, or see answers to our “Frequently Asked Questions,” visit the Trail Closure Page.