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, .