“It should be fairly similar to last year, but we are working out the final details,” Ottawa County Parks Director John Scholtz said.
The 500-acre North Ottawa Dunes is located adjacent to the south side of P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.
The hunt there last year was conducted as a means of helping to balance out the natural environment and the deer population, officials said. County park officials had said that when the county applied for a $3.9 million Trust Fund grant to establish the dunes area in 2004, managed deer hunts were listed on the application as a future park activity.
Ottawa County Parks Department of Natural Resources Coordinator Melanie Manion said the setup for this year’s hunt will be similar to last year. Hunters will apply for a lottery conducted by the county that will give them a chance to be in one of the two scheduled hunts.
There are a total of 34 slots for hunters — 17 during the firearm hunt and 17 during the muzzleloader hunt. Despite these numbers, not all of the slots will be open to the lottery.
“We have fewer spots this year than last year,” Manion said.
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