Deer Hunting Permits

Created on 7/8/2015 2:07:46 PM

Deer Hunting - City Ordinance 618.151

Fall marks the time of year when increased deer activity is noticed, and their interaction with humans and, unfortunately, their vehicles is at a peak.  Independence has conducted a very effective deer management program that has significantly reduced the number of car-deer collisions, as well as property and vegetation damage caused by deer.  In 2007, the number of car-deer accidents in our city was 113.  In 2013, the number had been reduced to seven, which is an all-time low.

The Police Department carefully inspects hunting areas and monitors the hunting process to ensure safety and compliance with all City and state requirements.  The Police Chief personally reviews and approves each hunting application.  Additionally, this ordinance strictly prohibits any hunting where there would be a potential hazard to the safety of persons or property.

As part of the permit process, each approved applicant will be issued two identification number placards.  These are required to be displayed in a clearly visible manner on the front and back of the hunter while they are traveling to and from their deer stand (they are not required to be worn while occupying the deer stand).

The ordinance also requires each hunter to report the number of does and bucks harvested at the conclusion of the season.  Even if no deer are harvested, the permit holder must contact the Police Department to report a zero total.  This information is important so the City can monitor the effectiveness of the program and report the statistics accurately.  Numerous hunters, neglecting to call in their totals, cause an undue amount of work for the Police Department’s clerical staff in tracking them down and making contact with the hunters.  If a permit holder fails to meet the requirement of calling in their totals at the end of the season, they may not be issued a permit for the following season.


Permit Required to Hunt Deer

Deadline to Apply is September 18, 2015

            The 2015-2016 deer archery season begins on September 27 and concludes on February 1, 2016.

            Application forms can be picked up and turned in at the Independence Police Department Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., from August 3, 2015 through September 18, 2015.  Archery deer hunting permits will again be issued by the Police Department subject to restrictions of City Ordinance 618.151 and in compliance with all Ohio Division of Wildlife regulations.  Ohio regulations can be found at   

            Permits will only be issued from September 2 through October 31 and will be good for the entire archery season.

Please call the Police Department at 216-524-1234 if you have any questions or concerns regarding deer hunting or the City Ordinance that regulates hunting.