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AEP Gavin Public Hunting Lands

This 6,885-acre area lies in the western end of Meigs County and extends southward into Gallia County. This area is situated in the hilly unglaciated Allegheny Plateau and consists primarily of rounded ridges, steep slopes, and narrow ravines.  Numerous old fields reverting to forest are intermixed with woods which are generally second and third growth timber.

As part of AEP’s corporate commitment to environmental stewardship, this forested area is being managed under a long-term sustained yield basis. This area is certified as part of the American Tree Farm System.

The most productive areas for grouse are along the woodland edges of the many naturally reverting fields.  Among the better areas to hunt deer are the woods recently harvested for pulpwood, which provide an abundance of food and cover, 5 to 10 years after cutting.  Squirrel hunting is good in the more mature woods, which are generally confined to the steeper slopes and narrow valleys.  Rabbits can be found along brushy woodland borders and in old fields.

Raccoon hunting is generally good throughout the area.  Beaver trapping may be permitted to remove problem beaver, but only with special permission from AEP.  The Division of Wildlife enforces all state laws on these lands, including hunting and fishing regulations.  Enforcement priorities include prohibiting littering, off-road vehicle use, and timber theft and destruction.


AEP Gavin Public Hunting Lands
Meigs and Gallia counties

near Rutland, Ohio 45775

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (740) 589-9930

Special Hours: Call the Wildlife District Four at (740) 589-9930 for more information.







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