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2021-2022 Longbow/Crossbow Deer Hunting

For those wishing to register their land for the 2021-2022 longbow/crossbow deer hunting season in the City of North Ridgeville (starting September 25, 2021 and ending February 6, 2022) you will need to print the appropriate form:  Individual Owner or Multiple-Contiguous Landowners or visit the lobby of the police station to acquire the needed forms (will be available beginning June 1st).   Upon completion of the form email it to [email protected], drop it off in the lobby of the Police Department, or mail it to us at 7307 Avon Belden Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039.

After you submit your land 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 longbow/crossbow hunting within the City of North Ridgeville.  If approved your land can be hunted upon during the upcoming bow hunting season.      
General Information
If your land is approved for deer longbow/crossbow hunting, all persons you allow to hunt upon your property during the season must have and carry on their person the following:
1) A current State of Ohio hunting license (when required by the state)
2) An Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) land permission slip signed by you (the landowner) 
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 (the City Ordinance can be found here: North Ridgeville City Ordinance) 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 September 25, 2021 and ends February 6, 2022 (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 other property owner prior to retrieving it.   If the other property owner does not give the hunter permission to enter upon their 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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