Chapter 1501:31-27 License and Permit Regulations

1501:31-27-01 Exemption requirements.

(A) In accordance with section 1533.12 of the Revised Code, all persons exempt from purchasing a fishing or hunting license; deer, turkey, or trapping permit; or wetlands habitat stamp shall annually apply for a free fishing or hunting license; deer, turkey, or trapping permit; or wetlands habitat stamp on an official application form provided by the chief of the division of wildlife.

(B) Each person who is a resident of Ohio that possesses an honorable discharge from the armed forces that has been declared a prisoner of war by the armed forces of the United States and/or has a disability that has been determined by the veterans' administration to be permanently and totally disabling, who receives a pension or compensation from the veterans' administration and every veteran to whom the registrar of motor vehicles has issued a set of license plates under section 4503.41 of the Revised Code, shall obtain certification from the veterans' administration which indicates name, address and file number of such person. Said certification shall be submitted in addition to his/her application as provided in paragraph (A) of this rule.

(C) Each qualified resident of Ohio who applies for said licenses shall be issued a free license, permit, and/or stamp in accordance with section 1533.12 of the Revised Code.

(D) Each person who receives licenses, permits, and/or stamps in accordance with section 1533.12 of the Revised Code shall comply with all laws, rules, and regulations of the Revised Code and Administrative Code concerning the carrying, exhibiting, and displaying of licenses, and the taking or possessing of wild animals.

(E) Each Ohio resident, sixty-five years of age or older, who was issued a permanent hunting license prior to September 1, 1987, is exempt from obtaining an annual hunting license. However, such persons must annually apply for a free deer permit, turkey permit, trapping permit, and/or wetlands habitat stamp in accordance with section 1533.12 of the Revised Code.

(F) The provisions of section 2921.13 of the Revised Code apply to falsification of any information required on the application for a free hunting or fishing license; deer, or trapping permit; or wetlands habitat stamp.

(G) All definitions set forth in section 1531.01 of the Revised Code shall apply to this rule.

Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/19/2016 and 07/19/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1533.12
Rule Amplifies: 1533.12
Prior Effective Dates: 08/25/1976, 06/01/1980, 06/01/1985, 08/28/1987 (Emer.), 11/25/1987, 05/16/1994, 3/01/2000

1501:31-27-02 [Effective 7/1/2019] Annual license and permit regulations.

(A) Each annual hunting license, deer permit, wild turkey permit, fur taker permit and wetlands habitat stamp shall be valid from the first day in March through midnight of the last day in February the following year.

(B) Each fishing license, hunting license, nonresident lake Erie sport fishing district permit, deer permit, wild turkey permit, fur taker permit and wetlands habitat stamp shall be issued in the form prescribed by the chief of the division of wildlife. Such licenses, permits and stamps may be in either printed or electronic form.

(C) All definitions set forth in rule 1501:31-1-02 of the Administrative Code shall apply to this rule.

Effective: 7/1/2019
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/01/2024
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.08, 1531.06, 1531.10
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06, 1533.13, 1531.08.1531.10

1501:31-27-03 [Effective 7/1/2019] Multi-year hunting and fishing license regulations.

(A) A multi-year hunting license issued in accordance with section 1533.321 of the Revised Code to a person who has not obtained a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a hunter education and conservation course approved by the chief or has not submitted evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief, shall bear an "apprentice" hunter designation and shall be subject to the provisions of section 1533.102 of the Revised Code and division (G) of section 1533.10 of the Revised Code and rules adopted thereunder, as aplicable. This rule is in addition to and supplements section 1533.102 of the Revised Code.

(1) A multi-year hunting license issued in accordance with this rule shall begin on the date of issuance and expire three years, five years, or ten years from the date of issuance, as applicable.

(2) A multi-year hunting license issued in accordance with this rule to a person who subsequently obtains a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a hunter education and conservation course approved by the chief or submits evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief, shall be reissued in accordance with section 1533.10 of the Revised Code and section 1533.321 of the Revised Code without the "apprentice" hunter status designation.

(3) A multi-year hunting license issued in accordance with this rule to a person who subsequently becomes a nonresident after issuance of the license shall remain valid in this state during its term, regardless of residency status.

(B) It shall be unlawful for a person issued a hunting license in accordance with paragraph(A) of this rule to hunt if they are not accompanied by another person who is twenty-one years of age or older and who possesses a valid hunting license issued in accordance with sections 1533.10 of the Revised Code or section 1533.321 of the Revised Code.

(C) It shall be unlawful for the holder of a valid hunting license issued in accordance with sections 1533.10 of the Revised Code or section 1533.321 of the Revised Code to accompany more than two holders of a hunting license in accordance with paragraph (A) of this rule at one time.

(D) All definitions set forth in rule 1501:31-1-02 of the Administrative Code shall apply to this rule.

Effective: 7/1/2019
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/01/2024
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06, 1531.08, 1531.10, 1533.102, 1533.11, 1533.321
Rule Amplifies: 1533.321, 1531.06, 1531.08, 1531.10, 1533.10 , 1533.11, 1533.102

1501:31-27-05 [Effective 7/1/2019] Lifetime hunting and fishing license regulations.

(A) A lifetime hunting license issued in accordance with section 1533.321 of the Revised Code to a person who has not obtained a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a hunter education and conservation course approved by the chief or has not submitted evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief, shall bear an "apprentice" hunter designation and shall be subject to the provisions of section 1533.102 of the Revised Code and division (G) of section 1533.10 of the Revised Code and rules adopted thereunder, as applicable. This rule is in addition to and supplements section 1533.102 of the Revised Code.

(1) A lifetime hunting license issued in accordance with this rule shall begin on the date of issuance and shall remain in force as provided for in Chapter 1531. or 1533. of the Revised Code.

(2) A lifetime hunting license issued in accordance with this rule to a person who subsequently obtains a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a hunter education and conservation course approved by the chief or submits evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief, shall be reissued in accordance with section 1533.10 of the Revised Code and section 1533.321 of the Revised Code without the "apprentice" hunter designation.

(3) A lifetime hunting license issued in accordance with this rule to a person who subsequently becomes a nonresident after issuance of the license shall remain valid in this state during its term, regardless of residency status.

(B) It shall be unlawful for a person issued a hunting license in accordance with paragraph(A) of this rule to hunt if they are not accompanied by another person who is twenty-one years of age or older and who possesses a valid hunting license issued in accordance with section 1533.10 of the Revised Code or section 1533.321 of the Revised Code.

(C) It shall be unlawful for the holder of a valid hunting license issued in accordance with section 1533.10 of the Revised Code or section 1533.321 of the Revised Code to accompany more than two holders of a hunting license in accordance with paragraph (A) of this rule at one time.

(D) All definitions set forth in rule 1501:31-1-02 of the Administrative Code shall apply to this rule.

Effective: 7/1/2019
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/01/2024
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.08, 1531.10, 1533.102, 1533.11, 1533.321, 1531.06
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06, 1531.08, 1531.10, 1533.10 , 1533.11, 1533.102, 1533.321