(A) As listed on wildohio.gov, areas administered by divisions of the Ohio department of natural resources are hereby designated as public hunting areas upon which hunting and trapping are permitted as prescribed by the Revised Code or the Administrative Code.
(1) The listed state forests administered by the division of forestry,
(2) The listed lands owned, administered by or under agreement with the division of wildlife are hereby designated as public hunting areas or wildlife areas.
(B) The areas administered by the division of parks and recreation listed on wildohio.gov are hereby designated as public hunting areas. Hunting and trapping are permitted when done in accordance with the Revised Code and the Administrative Code.
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt any wild animal on any public hunting area administered by the division of parks and recreation listed on wildohio.gov with any device or by any means other than shotguns; falconry; longbow and arrow; muzzleloading rifles and shotguns; and crossbows and arrows. However, rifles and handguns may be used to take furbearing animals from six p.m. to six a.m., handguns may also be used to take squirrels during open seasons and handguns and rifles may be used to take deer during the deer gun seasons in accordance with rule 1501:31-15-11 of the Administrative Code.
(2) It shall be lawful to hunt game birds, game quadrupeds and furbearing animals, and trap furbearing animals in the division of parks and recreation areas named on wildohio.gov when done in accordance to the official hunting maps for the parks listed. Official hunting maps indicate those areas of the park open and closed to hunting and trapping and any restrictions on hunting or trapping in those areas. The official copies of the maps are filed with the chief of the division of parks and recreation. At least thirty days prior to the effective date copies of the maps are posted in accordance with the Administrative Code and filed at the respective parks and recreation area headquarters office. Parks that have areas open to hunting and trapping are listed on wildohio.gov.
(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt within a public hunting area posted with signs showing "No Hunting," or "Safety Zone-No Hunting," "No Trapping," or "No Hunting and No Trapping."
(D) It shall be unlawful for any person to take, kill or harass a wild animal in any state park at any time unless authorized by the chief of the division of wildlife, except during the open season.
(E) The chief of the division of wildlife may issue special permits for any activity on any property owned or under control of the division of wildlife.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/18/2014 and 11/07/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06, 1531.08, 1531.10
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06, 1531.08, 1531.10
Prior Effective Dates: 8/25/76 (Temp.), 6/1/77 (Temp.), 6/1/78 (Temp.), 6/1/79 Temp.), 6/1/80 (Temp.), 6/1/81(Temp.), 6/1/82 (Temp.), 11/12/82 (Temp.), 5/3/83 (Temp.), 5/31/84 (Temp.), 6/1/86 (Temp.), 11/21/86 (Emer.), 6/1/87(Temp.), 6/1/88, 10/13/88 (Emer.), 7/1/89, 7/31/90, 7/31/92, 10/31/92, 8/15/95, 8/10/96, 1/25/97, 6/1/97, 6/1/99, 3/1/00, 7/5/00, 7/22/01, 2/1/02, 7/19/02, 6/4/03, 5/28/04, 5/27/05, 1/1/06, 7/1/06, 7/1/07, 7/1/08, 11/24/08, 1/1/10, 7/1/10, 7/1/11, 07/01/12, 7/11/13, 1/1/14