Three bow hunters who apply will get to hunt the township-owned 44-acre Pershing Neatherton Park, which has limited public access.
“We had nine applicants last year,” said Alex Zaharieff, township administrator. “They harvested three deer, I think.”
It is the second year of the controlled hunt from Sept. 28 through Feb. 2. Applications are available online only at beavercreektownship.org. Deadline for applications is 1 p.m. Sept. 16.
Each trustee will pick one applicant, who must be a township or Beavercreek resident. A background check of applicants will look for any fish or wildlife violations in Ohio or any other state. To be eligible, an applicant will have to had completed a state hunter education program.
Trustee Dan Paxson suggested drawing names from a hat. “I’ll make sure I bring a hat,” Zaharieff said.
Trustees Carol Graff and Candy Prystaloski said they want to make sure everyone qualified had an opportunity and asked that last year’s three hunters be excluded from any drawing.
Firearms are prohibited, and all state hunting regulations will be in force. The township also has specific regulations as to the type of bows or crossbows used, where stands can be located, procedures for wounded deer and the gutting and disposal of entrails, and the banning of videotaping the hunt. Violation of any of the state or township regulations will get the hunter removed from the hunt.
Zaharieff said he’d already had one phone call inquiring if there would be a hunt this year.