Wood County Park District Hunting by Permit Program
Baldwin Woods Preserve and Cricket Frog Cove are the two park locations available for the hunting by permit program.
By special agreement with ODNR Division of Wildlife, hunting is being permitted at Baldwin Woods Preserve and Cricket Frog Cove for small game and deer, under specific guidelines subject to annual changes. Hunting is used as a land management tool while providing recreation to the public. Please note, the hunting by permit program may be discontinued once future park plans begin implementation for Cricket Frog Cove. This program will be reviewed annually to determine if it is appropriate to continue, or if changes are needed for the following year. Hunters enter the property at their own risk. Some hazards such as deep animal holes, tree roots, barbed wire fencing, piles of debris, and fallen trees can be found throughout park properties. Caution should be exercised.
Rifles and handguns are NOT permitted to be used for hunting.
Baldwin Woods consists of approximately 126 acres of property located at the corner of Range Line and Euler Roads. There are approximately 80 acres of wooded area and 40 acres of grassland. It is the desire of the Board of Park Commissioners and the Park District staff to keep this land natural for propagating wild areas and protecting threatened plant species. The Park District has entered into a Wetland Reserve agreement with the federal government involving approximately 50 acres of land at Baldwin Woods. An eight-acre wetland was constructed at Baldwin Woods in 2000 to enhance the wildlife population, create diversity, and provide a resting area for migrating waterfowl.
PARKING: Parking is allowed anywhere along Euler Road. Parking lots and restroom facilities are NOT provided.
CRICKET FROG COVE
The area consists of approximately 160 acres located between Cygnet Road and Freyman Road bordered by Mitchell Road to the west. There are approximately 90 acres of wooded area and 70 acres of grassland and old pasture field. The Park District is presently working on a long-term improvement plan for Cricket Frog Cove. During the transition time of planning and implementation of the park plan, the Board of Park Commissioners has opened the property for hunting small game and deer.
Use parking lot off of Freyman Road. Restroom facilities are provided (porta-john).
The service drive from the parking lot to the pond is CLOSED to vehicular traffic.
NO HUNTING OFF OF OBSERVATION DECK!
ALL HUNTERS MUST:
Have a valid state hunting license.
Display the Wood County Park District hunting permit on your rear-view mirror.
Meet hunter orange requirement during all hunting seasons. ALL HUNTERS MUST WEAR HUNTER ORANGE AT ALL TIMES, INCLUDING IN STANDS. This includes a minimum of a vest, coat, jacket or coveralls. ALL STANDS MUST HAVE AN ORANGE FLAG OR MARKER THAT MAKES THE STAND VISIBLE FROM 360 DEGREES FROM THE GROUND.
ONLY non-toxic shot is permitted during small game season (such as steel shot).
Waterfowl hunting NOT PERMITTED during any open duck or goose season. Waterfowl NOT considered small game.
Shotgun slugs and black powder rifles ARE permitted.
Rifles and handguns are NOT permitted.
Hunters under the age of 18 must register, pay the applicable fee, and hunt with a responsible, registered ADULT.
Permits may not be transferred to another hunter.
Pushing or driving of property is NOT permitted for deer hunting.
RESERVING A DATE TO HUNT – (First come, first served).
During the open hunting dates, FOUR (4) spaces per day, per park are available to registered hunters. Each hunter may bring one (1) registered hunting partner EXCEPT during Deer Gun and Primitive Weapon Season.
During Deer Gun and Primitive Weapon Season, hunters must sign up individually – only ONE HUNTER PER SPACE will be permitted. No partners.
Reservations accepted by phone NO EARLIER than ONE WEEK PRIOR to the day you desire to hunt. Same day reservations can be made providing there is space available. The Park office is not open weekends; please call (419) 353-1897 Monday – Friday.
NO MORE THAN TWO (2) reservation days per week, per hunter. You can register 2 slots in one park or 1 slot in each park for the week.
Messages left on the voice mail system will NOT be accepted as a reservation. Verbal confirmation by a Park District employee is required for all reservations.
The Park District reserves the right to close an area to hunting as needed for land management needs, programming or maintenance concerns.
Dog training dates will occur from September 1 through April 30 annually. Dog training prohibited May 1 through August 31 annually. From May through August, Baldwin Woods and Cricket Frog Cove provide a resting area for migrating birds during the mating season.
NO permanent tree stands or permanent blinds are permitted.
Climbing-type tree stands generally used for deer hunting are allowed.
Tree stands and blinds must have the owner’s name and address attached to the stand or blind. Engraving the tree stand is recommended because stickers and tags can be removed.
All tree stands and blinds left after 14 days of the end of the season will be confiscated.
Chaining and padlocking tree stands is permitted (suggested).
No nails, spikes, or screw steps may be used on trees.
HUNTER ORANGE FLAG OR MARKER VISIBLE 360 DEGREES REQUIRED ON ALL STANDS/BLINDS.
All Park District Rules and Regulations, Ohio Revised Code laws, and ODNR 2013-2014 Hunting Regulations will be enforced. NOTE: Park District Rangers and ODNR Wildlife Officers make frequent inspections of the property to check permits. The Park District reserves the right to deny any application for just cause. The applicant may appeal the denial to the Board of Park Commissioners. All appeals must be in writing.
The phone number to contact Park District Police is (877) 724-4376
Wood County Park District Headquarters, 18729 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402
(419) 353-1897 or (800) 321-1897 toll-free in Wood County
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
All Park District Rules and Regulations, Ohio Revised Code laws, and ODNR 2012-2013 Hunting Regulations will be enforced. NOTE: Park District Police and ODNR Wildlife Officers make frequent inspections of the property to check permits. The Park District reserves the right to deny any application for just cause. The applicant may appeal the denial to the Board of Park Commissioners. All appeals must be in writing.
Application and information for 2020-2021 season:
Click here for Rules & Regulations.
Click here for Maps of Cricket Frog Cove and Baldwin Woods.
Click here for the Hunting Application.
HUNTING DAYS for the 2020-2021 season are as follows:
September 2 through February 28
September through October, hunting is only Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays ONLY (No hunting on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday).
November through February, hunting is Monday through Saturday (No Sundays).
November, December, January, February – Monday through Saturday ONLY (No hunting on Sundays).
On the days hunting is permitted the parks are closed to public use, only those with a valid hunting permit may enter the parks. Sunday’s are available for public use all season long, no hunting.
Our hunting season ends at the end of February to follow the State’s hunting season.