For all you Summit County area guys and gals... Metroparks, Serving Summit County is going to allow bowhunting on selected park lands. There are some BIG deer down around Quick Rd.!!! PARKS TO ALLOW BOW HUNTING BY PERMIT THIS FALL As part of its ongoing deer management program, the park district will permit hunting by bow and arrow in four areas starting this fall. Participation will be limited to Summit County residents who pass an archery test and whose names are chosen by lottery next month. The hunting areas include portions of the Columbia Run and Quick Road conservation areas, both in Boston Township; Pond Brook Conservation Area in Twinsburg Township; and Furnace Run Metro Park in Richfield. Selected areas are remote and have limited public access. A public lottery for hunting permits will be held Wednesday, August 27 at 7 p.m., at Coventry Oaks Pavilion in Firestone Metro Park, 40 Axline Ave., Akron. Participants must bring with them proof of passing the park-approved archery performance test at one of the following locations: Gander Mountain 2695 Creekside Dr. Twinsburg, OH 330-405-2999 Hadley's Sports 4023 S. Main St. Akron, OH 330-645-9393 The Marksman 3017 Barber Rd. Norton, OH 330-745-2000 Hunters whose names are drawn will be assigned a hunting area and given a two-week period in which they can participate during bow hunting season. They must follow the hunting guidelines established by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and agree to harvest a doe before taking a buck. A complete list of the rules is available at www.summitmetroparks.org. For several years, the park district has attempted to reduce deer density levels in its parks and conservation areas in order to restore and maintain a balanced ecosystem. Regionally and throughout the state, changes in habitat and the elimination of natural predators have allowed deer herds to grow to unnatural densities. In some areas, deer densities have been documented at more than 200 per square-mile. Densities that exceed 20 per square-mile are associated with threats to biodiversity. In the 2007-08 season, 257 deer were culled by sharpshooters in the Metro Parks, and 9,850 pounds of venison were donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. During the 2006-07 season, 215 deer were culled and 8,150 pounds of venison were donated.