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Mentor Deer Hunting FAQs

Mentor Deer Hunting FAQs

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City of Mentor Deer Hunting FAQs
The following FAQs have been prepared to address commonconcerns regarding Deer Hunting in The City of Mentor. Safety is our primary concern throughout the program. Please contact the Deer Management staff with any additional concerns at extension 2403.The outside line for the Deer Management team is 440.974.5717
Why is the City of Mentor allowing archery deer hunting?
 As a part of the City of Mentor’s comprehensive Deer Management program, weare allowing controlled archery hunting on limited private lands.
What is the timeframe for deer hunting in the City of Mentor?
The City of Mentor hunting ordinance takes effect 6 October 2012; on this datehunting may begin in the City of Mentor. Hunting will then coincide with the Stateof Ohio deer archery hunting season. As determined by ODNR this will bethrough 3 February 2013. The City will further restrict hunting on Sundays.
What time of day can I hunt?
 As per ODNR regulations, hunting can take place ½ hour before sunrise to ½hour after sunset.
Will hunters be proficiency tested? Where?
In order to receive a permit, applicants must pass a proficiency test that will betaken at one of several authorized locations. The following locations will beoffering archery hunting qualification testing for the City of Mentor at a small feeto the hunter:
Gander Mountain (No Fee) - pending approval
Mentor (440)639-8545
Geauga Bow and Outdoor Sports
Middlefield (440)632-1245
Great Lakes Outdoors
Madison (440)428-0313
Great Lakes Outdoors
Middlefield (440)632-9151
 
What will this testing cost the city
?Proficiency testing will take place at authorized private locations, thus creating nosignificant costs to the city. Monitoring and oversight costs will be incurred, but itis difficult to determine until the level of interest in the program is known. Costswill be monitored and reported to City Council at the conclusion of the season
Who can get a hunting license and how?
Hunters must obtain a hunting application from the City of Mentor as well ashunting license and deer tag(s) from the state. Any hunting area must beapproved by the City of Mentor Police Department or their designee.
Will gun hunting be allowed in the City of Mentor?
No, gun hunting is prohibited in the City of Mentor.
Are the deer hunting guidelines the same as those for the state?
 All hunters must abide by state guidelines as well as the more stringentguidelines imposed by the City of Mentor Hunting Regulations.
Will hunters have to check in with the City of Mentor after harvesting adeer?
Yes, all hunters must report their harvest by returning their harvest form to theCity of Mentor Police Department or by completing the City of Mentor webharvest form.
How will you assure the safety of citizens using public parks and preserveswhile hunting is in progress?
 At the present time, the city will not allow hunting in city parks or other publicproperty. Hunters may track an animal on city property but will not be allowed touse their weapons.
How will the hunting program be monitored for safety? Will my childrenand pets be safe? How will you restrict hunters to authorized huntingareas?
Every site permitted for hunting in Mentor will be inspected by city personnel, andevery site will be permitted for only a specified number of hunters. Safety will beour primary concern. The police department will respond as needed if hunters
 
are discovered or reported without a permit. We anticipate additional policepersonnel will be used as determined by the Chief of Police.
We live in an area that will have hunting; how will we deal withtrespassers?
Hunting will only be permitted on properties where the owner has grantedpermission to hunt. Hunting on unauthorized properties would be a violation of the ordinance, punishable as a fourth degree misdemeanor 
.
Will there be hunting of other wildlife?
Only white-tailed deer hunting permits will be issued. Hunting of other animals isprohibited and a violation of current law, subject to prosecution.
What happens if the hunter misses? I am concerned about errant arrows.
 All hunting must take place from tree stands elevated at least 10 feet. All shotswill be directed safely toward the ground.
What happens to deer that are wounded, but not killed? Will the animal behandled humanely?
 A wounded deer not tracked by the hunter will be managed in the same manner as deer wounded by other means (such as vehicle accidents). All permit holderswill be required to contact the police department should they lose the trail of awounded deer. Police will humanely and quickly dispatch the deer.
How will hunters dispose of the deer and entrails?
The hunter shall immediately remove carcass and entrails from the owner’sproperty unless the property owner agrees to burial on the property. No entrailswill be left out in the open and in plain view.
Will there be hunters in my back yard?
 All hunters will need to receive permission from any homeowner before huntingtheir property.
How will I know if my neighbor is hunting?
 Adjacent property owners will be notified by the City of Mentor in areas wherehunting will take place.
Will there be a limit to the number of deer taken?

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