NOTICE: Fishing in all fishing parks is now catch-and-release ONLY.

The ACPD is a multi-use park system and regulated, seasonal hunting is permitted in designated parks. All hunters must follow ACPD regulations as well as all regulations and seasons as designated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and/or state and federal statutes.

Hunting parks will be closed from Oct 15th – Dec 31st for all non-hunting uses, except as noted. One exception is that hunting parks will remain open for hunting, but will also open Sunday afternoons from noon until closing for non-hunting activities, except during gun deer hunting season. These Sundays will be posted at all hunting park entrances.

Parks are not a target range. No random or reckless discharge of firearms is permitted. Shooting is restricted to legitimate hunting and dog training only. Guns are restricted to legal hunting weapons, including shotguns, bows and crossbows, but excluding all rifles and handguns. Violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. 

The following parks permit limited hunting:

Audubon Wetlands Preserve: Deer gun season and limited bow — no small game or waterfowl

Hurdle Waterfowl Park: Late-season deer (bow-hunting only) in the east woods

Pine Hill – Sauers Farm: Deer hunting (bow & gun) and small game

River Walk Natural Area: Deer (bow-hunting only), small game and waterfowl

No hunting is permitted in the following parks:

Byers Woods

Freer Field

Hopkins Landing

Pine Hill – Crall Woods 

 ACPD Hunting Regulations

  • No camping
  • No overnight parking
  • The park will be closed daily from one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise
  • No fires or grills of any kind
  • No cutting or trimming of trees or plant life
  • No disposal of trash – remove everything you take into the park
  • No motor vehicles beyond the designated parking area
  • No trespassing on park neighbors property
  • No building of permanent tree stands or digging goose pits
  • No use of climbing spikes or damage to trees is permitted
  • No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
  • All ODNR Hunting Regulations must also be followed 

Additional Information

  • Dog Training: Dog training grounds will be designated and available for use. Dog training is not permitted during deer gun seasons.
  • Trapping and Predator Control: The committee will regulate trapping and predator control as needed. No coon hunting is permitted. All interested applicants may apply by calling 419.606.4561 for further information.
  • Regulation Changes: These regulations are reviewed annually and may be modified by the Ashland County Park Board and the Hunting and Safety Committee for specific special events.
  • Violators will be subject to appropriate criminal and civil prosecution.
  • Violations may be reported to the Ashland County Sheriff’s office at 419.289.0911 or to the park at 419.651.4966.
  • For ACPD hunting FAQs and hunting lottery information, click here.