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Published: June 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Lottery for bow hunting is July 21

Summit Metro Parks will allow hunting by bow and arrow or crossbow in more than 20 selected areas by permit this fall as part of its ongoing deer management program. Each permit, determined by lottery July 21, is good for up to three adults and two juveniles. Only Summit County residents may enter the lottery, but individuals whose names are chosen may add non-Summit residents to their permits. Lottery applications are available online at www.summitmetroparks.org/deer-management.aspx. Applications must be postmarked by July 15 and all applicants must provide a valid email address. Applications are to be mailed to: Archery Program, P.O. Box 5250, Akron, OH 44334. Lottery winners will be notified by email no later than Aug. 1, and individuals named on permits will have to pass a supervised test at the park district's public archery ranges on dates to be determined. Several box blinds will be installed in locations for hunters requiring wheelchairs. Wheelchair-bound hunters may live outside of Summit County. For details about the wheelchair-bound lottery, contact project managers Eric Fitch and Don Heffner at archery@summitmetroparks.org. Up to three hunting permits will be assigned per location. All areas are remote and have limited public access. Hunters must follow park rules and regulations and the hunting guidelines established by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Hunting season is Sept. 30 through Feb. 4. Through nine previous seasons of the archery program, participants have taken a total of 863 deer. Regionally and throughout the state, changes in habitat and the elimination of natural predators have allowed deer herds to grow to unnatural densities, threatening biodiversity.

Campfire kicks off summer at Liberty Park

This summer, spend balmy evenings at the park district's largest park. On June 21 at 7 p.m., at Liberty Park's Twinsburg Ledges Area (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg), participants can kick off summer with a naturalist-led hike on the 1.1-mile Ledges Trail. After the hike, while supplies last, visitors can roast marshmallows around a campfire. Other campfire programs are scheduled at Liberty Park once per month through October. In addition, dozens of other naturalist-led programs covering a variety of topics will take place at the 3,000-acre property this season. Liberty Park boasts a 3,900-square-foot nature center with displays that explain the importance of the park's natural resources. The park comprises of several unique habitats, and harbors countless rare and endangered species. Park biologists have found evidence of at least one black bear hibernating in Liberty Park, and the Audubon Society has identified it as an Important Bird Area. To learn more, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

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Take a hike in June

- Hear Nature Stories June 14 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Young children and adult companions can enjoy this interactive, nature-inspired story time intended for ages 18 months to 3 years. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Drop-in Nature Crafts will be June 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center. All ages can join a naturalist for nature-crafting fun in the shelter. A new craft will be presented each month this summer. Please dress for a mess. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- A Kids Hike and Yoga will be June 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., 9999 Liberty Road at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Children ages 7 years and older and their adult companions can join a certified instructor for a program focused on connecting with nature. Weather permitting, this class will be outside and include a short hike. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or towel, and drinking water. Some mats provided, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- "Smooth as Silk: Moths" will be June 15 from 9 to 11 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center. Join naturalists as they try to coax beautiful silk moths toward light. These magnificent moths are stunning, large and colorful. Bring a flashlight, bug spray and a camera for photos. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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