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2018-2019 Longbow/Crossbow Deer Hunting

For those wishing to register their land for the 2018-2019 longbow/crossbow deer hunting season in the City of North Ridgeville (starting Sept. 29, 2018 and ending Feb. 3, 2019) you will need to either visit the lobby of the police station or the police department webpage on the city’s website to acquire the needed forms that will be available starting August 13th.    Upon completion of the required form (single landowner or multiple landowners) please drop it off in the lobby of the police department, mail it to us at 7307 Avon Belden Road, or email it back to us at     

After you submit your registration form it will be reviewed in a timely manner by the Safety Service Director and the Chief of Police.  You will be contacted by phone or e-mail as to whether your land has been approved or denied for the purpose of long/cross bow hunting within the City of North Ridgeville.  After receiving approval, your land can be hunted upon during the upcoming season.      

If your land is approved for deer long bow/cross bow hunting in North Ridgeville, all persons you allow to hunt upon your property during the season, in addition to their State of Ohio hunting license, must have and carry on their person an Ohio Department Natural Resources (ODNR)  land permission slip signed by  you.   The signed ODNR permission slip will be the only document recognized by NRPD officers as valid.  
It is also your responsibility to insure that those who hunt on your property are aware and follow all ODNR and local ordinances regarding same.  Landowners need to be aware that they can be held equally and mutually culpable for any violation occurring on their site and repeated violations of law may be grounds for your land registration permit to be revoked. 
While we urge you to read the law in its entirety, some of the highlights from state and local laws are as follows:
  • All hunters under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older (city ordinance).  
  • All longbow and crossbow hunting of deer on registered sites must be carried out from an elevated platform or tree stand that is a minimum of 8 feet off the ground.  No longbow or crossbow shot(s) may be taken on the ground (city ordinance).
  • Hunting deer with any weapon other than a longbow or crossbow is and shall remain strictly prohibited (city ordinance).
  • Longbow/crossbow season starts Sept. 29, 2018 and ends February 3, 2019 (set by ODNR).
  • Hours to hunt deer with longbow/crossbow are ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset (set by ODNR).
  • Total bag limit – determined/regulated by ODNR.

If a deer is struck by an arrow on your registered piece of land but does not fall until it reaches someone else’s property, hunters must gain permission from the property owner prior to entering upon their land to retrieve it.   If the property owner where the fallen deer lays does not give the hunter permission to enter upon his lands or the landowner cannot be located to gain their permission, the hunter may not retrieve the fallen deer.   Entering the land of another without permission may result in the hunter being charged with criminal trespassing. 

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact the North Ridgeville Police Department at (440) 327-2191 or ODNR Wildlife District Three Office at (330) 644-2293.       
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