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Mentor Deer Hunter Permit Packets Available Online

All the information one needs to get a deer bow hunting permit is available online

Mentor City Council, by a margin of 5 to 2, on private property in the city under specific circumstances.

The ordinance says:

  • long bow, crossbow and compact bow hunting of white-tailed deer is legal in Mentor during the appropriate state-sanctioned hunting season. No firearms will be permitted.
  • hunting will only be allowed on parcels of five acres or larger or a combination of no more than three adjacent properties that aren't separated by a public roadway and are five or more acres.
  • hunters must have all necessary state permits, as well as a city permit issued by the chief of Mentor Police Department.
  • hunters must have the permission of the property owners on which they hunt
  • all hunters must agree to hunt only from a fixed, elevated position at least eight feet from the ground
  • no hunting shall occur within 100 feet of a property line, driveway or roadway
  • the first deer harvested by a hunter must be an antlerless deer
  • any hunter who kills a deer, or any other animal, shall report such a kill to the police department within 24 hours

For those interested in applying for hunting permits in Mentor, the permit packet is available on the city's web site. (It is also attached to this story as a PDF.)

To receive a permit, hunters will need to pass an archery hunting qualification test that is available for free at .

Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak previously said that hunting is just one part of the city's plan to control the deer population.

Additionally, the city still has every intention of instituting a culling program with sharpshooters, he said.

"," Filipiak said during the Council meeting in which they passed the hunting ordinance. "Our culling efforts will be focused on public lands where we know we have large herds."

Filipiak had previously for controlling the deer population in Mentor, which includes culling.

However, any deer culling program would require a permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The city, .

Ken Overly September 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I sincerely hope the culling program with sharpshooters is a success as the hunting ordinance stands little chance of having any impact on the deer population. The fellow hunters I've discussed it with agree the hunting ordinance bureaucracy ensures no hunter would bother trying to hunt in Mentor - they will happily go elsewhere. Passing the hunting ordinance offers only lip service to Mentor residents and does little towards helping to solve the overpopulation problem. Have those that developed the ordinance ever actually taken part in hunting?

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