VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – A local golf course is in the process of turning the course into a wild animal hunting preserve.
Candywood Golf Course in Vienna closed after last season. The owners of the land are now working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture to obtain certification, according to Jamey Emmert, wildlife communications specialist at ODNR’s Division of Wildlife.
If approved, animals like deer and elk may be brought in for hunters to kill.
Emmert said there is a lengthy list of requirements under Ohio Revised Code to become certified, and the process may take several weeks for approval.
“They do have to get the animals legally, which means they have to obtain the animals from a licensed propagator who is legally breeding the animals in the facility,” she said. “They cannot go out into the wild and capture the deer and put them into the preserve, which is illegal.”
Emmert said ODNR will make sure that the enclosure meets specifications, while the Department of Agriculture deals directly with the animals.
“We’re involved, because we want to make sure that in no way does this preserve affect the wild herd,” she said.
The owners of Candywood declined to comment on the project yet, saying it was not official and they were still going through the licensing process. An 8-foot tall fence surrounds the property now with signs which read “Wild Hunting Preserve.”