1501:31-15-04 [Effective 1/1/2014]State-owned or administered lands designated as public hunting areas.

(A) As listed on WildOhio.com, 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.com 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.com 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 may be used to take deer during the deer gun season 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.com 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.com.

(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.

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

Replaces: 1501:31-15-04

Effective: 01/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/01/2019
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, 7/1/2011, 07/01/2012, 7/11/2013