Chapter 1501:3-6 Firearms; Hunting and Fishing
No person shall take, hunt, kill, pursue, or shoot any wildlife or wild animals by any means within 400 feet of any camping area, residence, barn, service building, shelter house, latrine, or other structure, or shoot on, from, or across any road or driveway within any state forest.
No person shall use a rifle, pistol, revolver, shotgun or other firearm on any state forest area at any time except while lawfully hunting wild animals or target practicing on a designated target range. (1501:31-9-03(B)(2))
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/17/2009 and 02/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1503.01
Rule Amplifies: 1503.01
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/74
No person shall hunt, kill, pursue or take any wildlife or wild animal by any means in any state forest area in which such is specifically prohibited by signs or on maps as designated by the chief or authorized agent. The following state forests are designated public hunting areas as set forth in division of wildlife rules:
Shade River (including West Shade)
Zaleski (including Waterloo)
Memorial except for the following described 270 acre tract: beginning at the intersection of the center line of Route 97 and the west edge of the air strip, thence along the west edge of the air strip continuing in a straight line across Pine Run to a point on the ridge where a westerly line will intersect the west line of the Memorial Forest west of Pine Run and about one-half mile south of Route 97, thence north with the forest boundary to the middle of Route 97, thence with said center line to the point of beginning.
The following shall govern use of the target ranges for rifle and trap shooting provided and designated on state forests:
(A) Designated ranges are open to public use on a first come, first serve basis.
(B) All rules of gun safety, firing only downrange toward the backstop and loading weapons only on the range or benches, shall be strictly observed at all times.
(D) Maximum number of shooters permitted at any one time shall be determined by the capacity of the shooting lanes provided.
(E) The range may be closed for maintenance or other reasons at any time as determined by the chief or authorized agent.
(F) No persons shall use targets made of material other than paper or clay, without written permission from the chief or authorized agent.
(G) Persons using ranges are responsible for removal of debris from the range, which includes but is not limited to, paper and cardboard targets, target stand brought by the shooter, shell casings, and litter which was generated by the shooter's activity. Excepting ranges which provide receptacles for debris disposal, shooters must remove all debris from state forest property upon completion of their activity.
(H) Persons shall use or fire on ranges only those weapons permitted for legal hunting in Ohio as defined by statute, rule or order of the division of wildlife or as approved by the chief or his authorized agent.
(I) No person shall use or fire centerfire rifles on ranges of fifty yards or less in length.
(J) No person shall use or fire automatic weapons of any kind on a range without written permission from the chief or designated agent.
(K) All tracer and explosive rounds are prohibited.
(L) All shooters must wear eye and ear protection.
(M) Shooters may use only ranges designated for their specific type of shooting activity (trap range, pistol range, and rifle range).
(N) The use of shotgun slugs is prohibited at trap ranges.
(O) Each person using a range shall register in the place and manner provided.
No person under 16 years of age shall use the target ranges unless accompanied by a person 18 years of age or older.
No person shall fish in the Green Springs lake or the Zaleski state forest service center mill pond during the hours of darkness.