Chapter 1501:31-9 Use of Areas Under the Control of the Division of Wildlife

1501:31-9-01 [Effective until 1/1/2014]Special regulations applying to all properties owned, leased, or under control of the division of wildlife.

This rule shall not apply to authorized division employees or other persons designated by the chief of the division of wildlife or to private landowners conducting activities on their properties where hunting, trapping, or fishing is permitted because of an agreement with the division of wildlife.

(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to conceal or bury any property or to injure, remove, deface, damage, or destroy any tree, plant, lawn, embankment, decoration, poster, sign, fence, or artifacts valued at less than one thousand dollars on any area under agreement with and administered by or under control of the division of wildlife.

(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to disturb, remove, damage, destroy, molest or possess any equipment or property of the division of wildlife valued at less than five hundred dollars.

(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any act by use or operation of any vehicle on any area under agreement with and under control and supervision of the division, which act if committed on a public highway or street in the state of Ohio would be prohibited and unlawful.

(D) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or park a vehicle, or any vehicle propelled by human power, or permit such vehicles to be operated or parked on any area under agreement with, and administered by, or under control of the division of wildlife, except:

(1) On designated roads, driveways and parking areas provided for such purpose.

(2) For any person who has first obtained written permission from the chief of the division of wildlife for such purposes.

(3) For any mobility impaired person who has been issued a permit by the chief of the division of wildlife or their designee, for electric-powered all-purpose vehicle use, to operate in or park on any designated area.

(a) Each person issued a permit for electric-powered all-purpose vehicle use will carry such permit on their person while operating in or parked on a designated area, and exhibit such permit to anyone upon request.

(b) "Designated Areas" as used in this section shall be those areas within one hundred yards of an access lane posted with a sign indicating access for mobility impaired persons possessing an electric-powered all-purpose vehicle permit only.

(4) For any mobility impaired person in a wheelchair.

(E) It shall be unlawful for any person to ride a horse, mule, pony or any other animal, on any area owned, administered or controlled by the division including property managed by virtue of a lease or an agreement, except on public access roads and driveways. Persons receiving permission from the wildlife chief or his representative may ride horses while laying out a trial course and during a legal field trial. Horses shall not be ridden upon or along the banks of any pond, or on dams or dikes of water impoundments, or in any fields where agricultural crops have been planted.

(F) No person shall deposit rubbish, garbage, refuse, or debris from a personal residence in any refuse receptacle provided for users of state owned or controlled land.

(G) It shall be unlawful for any person to remove or plant any agricultural crop, ice, sand, gravel, stone, wood, fruits, plants, water, or other substances from any area under agreement with and administered by or under control of the division without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division. This provision shall not apply to the picking of berries, nuts or mushrooms.

(H) It shall be unlawful for any person on any area under agreement with and under the supervision and control of the division to sell, or offer for sale or rent, any tangible property, without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division.

(I) It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, post, or construct any placard, sign, notice, poster, billboard, building, fence, or other structure on any area under agreement with and administered or controlled by the division without the written permission of the chief of the division.

(J) The provisions of this rule shall not apply to persons regularly employed by the division while such persons are in the normal and lawful pursuit of their assigned duties or prevent concessionaires properly licensed by the department of natural resources from conducting the operations stipulated in their license agreements.

(K) It shall be unlawful for any person to swim or wade in any water area under agreement with, owned or controlled by the division of wildlife without written permission from the chief, except persons lawfully engaged in hunting, fishing or trapping.

(L) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use any powered or wind-driven conveyance upon the frozen surface of any area owned or controlled, maintained or under agreement with the division of wildlife.

(M) It shall be unlawful for any person to release or permit to be released livestock on any area under agreement with and owned or controlled by the division of wildlife without first receiving written permission from the chief of the division.

(N) It shall be unlawful for any person to build or use an open fire for any reason on any area under agreement with, owned, administered or controlled by the division of wildlife except in designated places.

(O) It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or use fireworks on any property owned, controlled, or under agreement with the division of wildlife.

(P) It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute, place, or scatter salt, grain, or other feed capable of luring, enticing, or attracting birds, on lands owned, controlled, or maintained by the wildlife division including those lands managed by the division by virtue of a lease or an agreement without first obtaining written permission from the wildlife chief.

(Q) It shall be unlawful for any person to be on a division of wildlife owned, leased or controlled wildlife area between eight p.m. and the following six a.m. from September first to the following May first; and between ten p.m. and the following six a.m. from May second to the following August thirty-first for any purpose without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division of wildlife unless such person is hunting, fishing, or trapping. Provided further, it shall be unlawful for any person not actively engaged in hunting, fishing or trapping to be on a division owned, leased, or controlled wildlife area when posted with signs stating "Area Open For Hunting, Fishing, And Trapping only, all Other Activities Prohibited."

(R) It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct any dog sledding activities on division of wildlife owned wildlife areas except on public access roads.

(S) It shall be unlawful for any person to wind surf on the Killdeer reservoir located in Wyandot county.

(T) The chief may issue permits for hunting, trapping, and fishing activities on all division of wildlife owned, controlled, or agreement lands; provided further it shall be unlawful for any person who receives said permit to not comply with all conditions listed on the permit. It shall be unlawful for any person to apply for any division of wildlife permit by falsification of any information required for the issuance of said permit.

(U) It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt on Pipe creek wildlife area other than for waterfowl during legal seasons and only by special permit from the chief of the division of wildlife. Provided further, public access for lawful activity is permitted except during legal waterfowl seasons.

(V) It shall be unlawful to hunt on or within one hundred feet of the point at which the water level meets the outside dike of Pipe creek wildlife area.

(W) It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt or trap on Beaver creek wildlife area other than for waterfowl, deer, and furbearers during the legal season.

(X) It shall be unlawful for any person to apply more than one time for a specific controlled hunting event sponsored by the division of wildlife unless otherwise permitted by the chief of the division of wildlife.

(Y) It shall be unlawful to sit, stand, or be in contact with oil wells, gas wells, transmission wells, pumps, tanks, pipes, and any other equipment which is on a wildlife area.

(Z) It shall be lawful for physically handicapped persons to operate a motor vehicle and park in certain areas of Deer creek, Resthaven, La Su An, Grand river, Brush creek, Waterloo, Cooper hollow, east Fork, Fallsville, Berlin, Big island, Woodbury, Killdeer and Spring Valley wildlife areas. Areas shall be marked with signs reading "Physically Handicapped Access Area - road closed to all motor vehicles except physically handicapped persons carrying a physician's statement listing the illness which prohibits the individual from walking." Provided further, it shall be unlawful to shoot from any motorized vehicle whether a person is handicapped or not, while hunting in a handicapped access area, unless the handicapped person holds a valid electric-powered all-purpose vehicle permit issued by the division of wildlife.

(AA) It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any paintball shooting activities or paintball games or any other combat simulation game or activities while on a public hunting area or wildlife area.

(BB) It shall be unlawful for any person to enter in to, or remain upon, any portion of any area owned, administered or controlled by the division of wildlife, including property managed by virtue of a lease or an agreement, that is posted with a sign or buoy prohibiting entry into that area.

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

Effective: 07/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/06/2012 and 04/17/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06 , 1531.08 , 1531.10
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06 , 1531.08 , 1531.10
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/76, 6/1/77, 6/1/78, 6/1/79, 6/1/80, 5/31/81, 12/31/82, 5/31/83, 6/1/86, 9/15/87, 6/1/88, 8/11/91, 7/31/92, 6/7/93, 5/16/94, 1/25/97, 6/1/97, 6/1/99, 7/22/01, 11/30/01, 11/13/02, 5/28/04, 1/1/06, 11/24/08, 7/1/2009, 11/27/2009, 7/1/2010, 7/1/2011

1501:31-9-01 [Effective 1/1/2014]Special regulations applying to all properties owned, leased, or under control of the division of wildlife.

This rule shall not apply to authorized division employees or other persons designated by the chief of the division of wildlife or to private landowners conducting activities on their properties where hunting, trapping, or fishing is permitted because of an agreement with the division of wildlife.

(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to conceal or bury any property or to injure, remove, deface, damage, or destroy any tree, plant, lawn, embankment, decoration, poster, sign, fence, or artifacts valued at less than one thousand dollars on any area under agreement with and administered by or under control of the division of wildlife.

(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to disturb, remove, damage, destroy, molest or possess any equipment or property of the division of wildlife valued at less than five hundred dollars.

(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any act by use or operation of any vehicle on any area under agreement with and under control and supervision of the division, which act if committed on a public highway or street in the state of Ohio would be prohibited and unlawful.

(D) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or park a vehicle, or any vehicle propelled by human power, or permit such vehicles to be operated or parked on any area under agreement with, and administered by, or under control of the division of wildlife, except:

(1) On designated roads, driveways and parking areas provided for such purpose.

(2) For any person who has first obtained written permission from the chief of the division of wildlife for such purposes.

(3) For any mobility impaired person who has been issued a permit by the chief of the division of wildlife or their designee, for electric-powered all-purpose vehicle use, to operate in or park on any designated area.

(a) Each person issued a permit for electric-powered all-purpose vehicle use will carry such permit on their person while operating in or parked on a designated area, and exhibit such permit to anyone upon request.

(b) "Designated Areas" as used in this section shall be those areas within one hundred yards of an access lane posted with a sign indicating access for mobility impaired persons possessing an electric-powered all-purpose vehicle permit only.

(4) For any mobility impaired person in a wheelchair.

(E) It shall be unlawful for any person to ride a horse, mule, pony or any other animal, on any area owned, administered or controlled by the division including property managed by virtue of a lease or an agreement, except on public access roads and driveways. Persons receiving permission from the wildlife chief or his representative may ride horses while laying out a trial course and during a legal field trial. Horses shall not be ridden upon or along the banks of any pond, or on dams or dikes of water impoundments, or in any fields where agricultural crops have been planted.

(F) No person shall deposit rubbish, garbage, refuse, or debris from a personal residence in any refuse receptacle provided for users of state owned or controlled land.

(G) It shall be unlawful for any person to remove or plant any agricultural crop, ice, sand, gravel, stone, wood, fruits, plants, water, or other substances from any area under agreement with and administered by or under control of the division without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division. This provision shall not apply to the picking of berries, nuts or mushrooms, picking up naturally shed deer antlers during the daylight hours or picking up litter for proper disposal during the daylight hours.

(H) It shall be unlawful for any person on any area under agreement with and under the supervision and control of the division to sell, or offer for sale or rent, any tangible property, without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division.

(I) It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, post, or construct any placard, sign, notice, poster, billboard, building, fence, or other structure on any area under agreement with and administered or controlled by the division without the written permission of the chief of the division.

(J) The provisions of this rule shall not apply to persons regularly employed by the division while such persons are in the normal and lawful pursuit of their assigned duties or prevent concessionaires properly licensed by the department of natural resources from conducting the operations stipulated in their license agreements.

(K) It shall be unlawful for any person to swim or wade in any water area under agreement with, owned or controlled by the division of wildlife without written permission from the chief, except persons lawfully engaged in hunting, fishing or trapping.

(L) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use any powered or wind-driven conveyance upon the frozen surface of any area owned or controlled, maintained or under agreement with the division of wildlife.

(M) It shall be unlawful for any person to release or permit to be released livestock on any area under agreement with and owned or controlled by the division of wildlife without first receiving written permission from the chief of the division.

(N) It shall be unlawful for any person to build or use an open fire for any reason on any area under agreement with, owned, administered or controlled by the division of wildlife except in designated places.

(O) It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or use fireworks on any property owned, controlled, or under agreement with the division of wildlife.

(P) It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute, place, or scatter salt, grain, or other feed capable of luring, enticing, or attracting birds, on lands owned, controlled, or maintained by the wildlife division including those lands managed by the division by virtue of a lease or an agreement without first obtaining written permission from the wildlife chief.

(Q) It shall be unlawful for any person to be on a division of wildlife owned, leased or controlled wildlife area between eight p.m. and the following six a.m. from September first to the following May first; and between ten p.m. and the following six a.m. from May second to the following August thirty-first for any purpose without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division of wildlife unless such person is hunting, fishing, or trapping. Provided further, it shall be unlawful for any person not actively engaged in hunting, fishing or trapping to be on a division owned, leased, or controlled wildlife area when posted with signs stating "Area Open For Hunting, Fishing, And Trapping only, all Other Activities Prohibited."

(R) It shall be unlawful for any person to conduct any dog sledding activities on division of wildlife owned wildlife areas except on public access roads.

(S) It shall be unlawful for any person to wind surf on the Killdeer reservoir located in Wyandot county.

(T) The chief may issue permits for hunting, trapping, and fishing activities on all division of wildlife owned, controlled, or agreement lands; provided further it shall be unlawful for any person who receives said permit to not comply with all conditions listed on the permit. It shall be unlawful for any person to apply for any division of wildlife permit by falsification of any information required for the issuance of said permit.

(U) It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt on Pipe creek wildlife area other than for waterfowl during legal seasons and only by special permit from the chief of the division of wildlife. Provided further, public access for lawful activity is permitted except during legal waterfowl seasons.

(V) It shall be unlawful to hunt on or within one hundred feet of the point at which the water level meets the outside dike of Pipe creek wildlife area.

(W) It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt or trap on Beaver creek wildlife area other than for waterfowl, deer, and furbearers during the legal season.

(X) It shall be unlawful for any person to apply more than one time for a specific controlled hunting event sponsored by the division of wildlife unless otherwise permitted by the chief of the division of wildlife.

(Y) It shall be unlawful to sit, stand, or be in contact with oil wells, gas wells, transmission wells, pumps, tanks, pipes, and any other equipment which is on a wildlife area.

(Z) It shall be lawful for physically handicapped persons to operate a motor vehicle and park in certain areas of Deer creek, Resthaven, La Su An, Grand river, Brush creek, Waterloo, Cooper hollow, east Fork, Fallsville, Berlin, Big island, Woodbury, Killdeer and Spring Valley wildlife areas. Areas shall be marked with signs reading "Physically Handicapped Access Area - road closed to all motor vehicles except physically handicapped persons carrying a physician's statement listing the illness which prohibits the individual from walking." Provided further, it shall be unlawful to shoot from any motorized vehicle whether a person is handicapped or not, while hunting in a handicapped access area, unless the handicapped person holds a valid electric-powered all-purpose vehicle permit issued by the division of wildlife.

(AA) It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in any paintball shooting activities or paintball games or any other combat simulation game or activities while on a public hunting area or wildlife area.

(BB) It shall be unlawful for any person to enter in to, or remain upon, any portion of any area owned, administered or controlled by the division of wildlife, including property managed by virtue of a lease or an agreement, that is posted with a sign or buoy prohibiting entry into that area.

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

Effective: 01/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/19/2013 and 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: 5/1/76, 6/1/77, 6/1/78, 6/1/79, 6/1/80, 5/31/81, 12/31/82, 5/31/83, 6/1/86, 9/15/87, 6/1/88, 8/11/91, 7/31/92, 6/7/93, 5/16/94, 1/25/97, 6/1/97, 6/1/99, 7/22/01, 11/30/01, 11/13/02, 5/28/04, 1/1/06, 11/24/08, 7/1/2009, 11/27/2009, 7/1/2010, 7/1/2011 , 7/1/2012

1501:31-9-02 Regulations governing camping on certain division of wildlife areas.

(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to camp on any property owned, administered or controlled by the division of wildlife except within posted designated camping areas on lands listed in this rule and other lands as permitted by the chief of the division of wildlife.

(B) The following wildlife areas are hereby designated as camping areas.

Camping areas:

Wolf creek wildlife area

Woodbury wildlife area

Monroe wildlife area

Tycoon lake area

Tri-Valley wildlife area

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to camp or stay in a fixed location for more than twenty-four hours on a wildlife area except within posted designated camp sites.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to camp on the Tri-Valley wildlife area without first having complied with the requirements of rule 1501:31-9-06 of the Administrative Code.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to camp on the Tri-Valley wildlife area except when camping in a car trailer or vehicle built or modified for camping use.

(4) It shall be unlawful for any person to use more than one designated camping unit at any camp site.

(5) It shall be unlawful for any person to have open fires unless such fires are enclosed in a fire ring for that purpose and within designated camping sites.

(6) It shall be unlawful for any person to leave litter or other debris on camp sites. All litter and other debris must be picked up and placed in a trash container or removed form the area.

(7) It shall be unlawful for any person to camp on wildlife areas for more than six consecutive camping days within any thirty-day period.

(8) One camping day shall consist of time from twelve noon on the day of arrival to twelve noon the next consecutive day. Check out time shall be no later than twelve-thirty p.m.

(9) All dogs must be kept on leashes, except when used for hunting.

(10) Organized groups who desire to use wildlife camp sites must obtain a written permit from the chief of the division of wildlife prior to camping on such sites.

(11) It shall be unlawful to leave a camping unit unattended for more than twenty-four hours.

(12) It shall be unlawful to operate a generator from ten p.m. to six a.m. the next day.

(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to use any electrical outlet plug provided by the division of wildlife on any property administered or controlled by the division of wildlife without first having complied with the requirements of rule 1501:31-9-06 of the Administrative Code.

(D) It shall be unlawful for any person to camp at any time on Berlin reservoir except within posted designated camp sites.

(E) It shall be unlawful for any person to camp at any time on camp Belden wildlife area except when written permission is given by the chief 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.

Effective: 11/27/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/07/2009 and 11/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/76; 6/1/78; 6/1/79; 6/1/84; 4/17/89; 1/15/94; 11/1/97

1501:31-9-03 Regulations on the use of firearms on division owned or controlled areas.

(A) On any state public hunting area, or on any area under control of the division of wildlife by virtue of a lease, or agreement, it shall be unlawful for any person:

(1) To hunt within an area posted with "Safety Zone" signs on a cooperative or a controlled hunting area, without the prior permission of the landowner or tenant in control of such safety zone.

(2) To shoot a fully automatic firearm on a division owned, administered or controlled area including target ranges. Provided further, it shall be unlawful to use any trigger assisting devices to alter a firearm to shoot like a fully automatic firearm.

(3) To hunt within an area posted with division of wildlife "No Hunting Zone" signs.

(B) Prohibited times for using firearms on public hunting areas.

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to use a rifle, pistol, revolver, shotgun or other firearm at any time on any land or water area owned, controlled or administered by the wildlife division except while lawfully trapping, or hunting wild animals, or target practicing on a designated division of wildlife target range. Target practice on a designated division of wildlife range shall be daily from sunrise to sunset unless posted by signs stating the hours the target range is open.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot in any direction other than from the firing line down range to the target on any division of wildlife target range.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to use any type of target, other than a single sheet of paper on a division of wildlife target range, except that clay targets may be used on division of wildlife target ranges equipped for trap and skeet only.

(4) It shall be unlawful to use a shotgun or rifle loaded with any projectile other than shot on a designated shotgun range. Shotguns firing rifled slugs or single projectiles may be used on designated rifle ranges.

(5) It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to leave a division of wildlife shooting range when so ordered by a division of wildlife employee. Provided further, it shall be unlawful to violate any range rules established at any division of wildlife target range.

(6) It shall be unlawful to use shotshells on any division of wildlife target range, which has a lead containment system which is designed for single projectiles of lead or other single metal projectiles.

(7) It shall be unlawful to use any explosive target that when shot will cause another explosion to occur.

(8) It shall be unlawful for any person to enter a division of wildlife class "A" range before he or she signs in on a form provided by the range attendant.

(9) It shall be unlawful to fire any weapon in a repeated manner that causes the person firing the weapon to fail to completely control the muzzle of the weapon.

(C) Areas having limited or no firearm use:

(1) It is unlawful for any person to use a rifle, pistol, or revolver at any time on the Lake park, Aquilla, state public hunting areas.

(2) It is unlawful for any person to use a rifle, pistol, or revolver at any time on the Auburn marsh and Grant lake state public hunting areas. Shotguns may be used only to take migratory birds, rabbits, pheasants, squirrel, and quail during the open season prescribed for such species or on designated target range areas.

(D) Supervised rifle and pistol ranges shall be designated class A target ranges. Class A ranges are located at the following wildlife areas: Spring Valley, Deer Creek, Grand river, Delaware and Woodbury. It shall be unlawful for persons age eighteen or older to use class A ranges except when the person has made application and received from the chief of the division of wildlife a "Range Permit," the fee for which shall be twenty-three dollars and a one dollar writing fee annually. The "Range Permit" shall begin the first day of March of the current year and expire on the last day of February of the following year. Provided further, individuals who do not hold an annual "Range Permit" may use the class A ranges for a fee of four dollars and a one dollar writing fee per day. Persons seventeen and under must be accompanied by an adult holding a valid "Range Permit." There shall be a four dollar fee for reissuing a range permit.

(E) Unsupervised rifle and pistol target ranges shall be designated class B target ranges.

(F) Unsupervised shotgun ranges where clay targets are used shall be designated class C target ranges.

(G) Unsupervised archery target ranges shall be designated as class D archery target ranges.

(H) It shall be unlawful to use a class A range unless the shooter first registers with the range supervisor.

(I) It shall be unlawful to use, place, or shoot at any target on a class A or class B range except in the designated target area, or to shoot from any place except the firing line.

(J) It shall be unlawful to leave target materials, other than clay pigeons on any range owned or controlled by the division.

(K) It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot a cannon on any division range.

(L) It shall be unlawful for any person to use tracer ammunition on any division of wildlife owned, controlled, or administered property.

(M) It shall be unlawful for any person to use a division of wildlife target range when designated closed.

(N) It shall be unlawful to use any shot size larger than number 6 lead or number 4 steel on a class C range.

(O) It shall be unlawful to use any firearm for target practice on a class D range.

(P) It shall be unlawful to use arrows tipped with a broadhead on any division of wildlife archery ranges, except that arrows tipped with broadheads may be used in designated target areas specially provided for their use.

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

Effective: 07/11/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/04/2013 and 07/11/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06 , 1531.08 , 1531.10
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06 , 1531.08 , 1531.10
Prior Effective Dates: 8/25/75, 5/1/76, 8/30/78, 7/11/80, 11/12/82, 4/20/87, 7/7/92, 10/1/93, 5/16/96, 6/1/97, 11/12/99, 7/5/00, 7/22/01, 3/1/02, 7/19/02, 11/13/02, 7/28/03, 5/28/04, 6/1/06, 7/1/2009, 7/1/2012, 1/1/2013

1501:31-9-04 Field trials.

(A) Except as herein provided, field trials for dogs and raptors may be conducted on state public hunting areas administered by the division of wildlife, the division of water and the division offorestry from the first day ofSeptember through the last day of October and the first day of March through the last day of April of the following year.

Field trials are permitted on the following areas:

Delaware

Rush run

Grand river

Tri-Valley

Woodbury

and such other public areas as approved by the chief, division ofwildlife.

(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to use any area owned, administered, or controlled by a division of the Ohio department of natural resources for field trial purposes without first making application for and receiving a permit to do so from the chief ofthe division ofwildlife or his designated representative.

(1) Application for a permit shall be made in writing to the chief of the division of wildlife or his designated representative and postmarked not less than thirty days prior to the date oftrial.

Permits for the spring season will not be issued prior to the first ofOctober of the preceding year. Permits for the fall season will not be issued prior to the first of April of the year involved. However, beginning at noon on the first Sunday in February and on the last Sunday in August, or as otherwise agreed by the division and interested field trialers a priority scheduling meeting will be held at division headquarters, Columbus, or another mutually agreeable site for the purpose ofestablishing an orderly schedule ofdates for field trials on public lands.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to release wild animals on any area open to field trials unless such release was previously approved by an authorized agent ofthe division ofwildlife.

(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to use any area for field trial purposes which is administered or controlled by the division of wildlife without first having complied with the requirements of rule 1501:31-9-06 of the Administrative Code.

(D) The following conditions must be adhered to when conducting a field trial on state lands:

(1) No admission fee may be charged for spectators.

(2) Activities of the field trial, including spectators, must be confined to the approved site as indicated on the permit.

Horses must be confined to the immediate trial area or as otherwise designated. Horses shall not be ridden or led across standing crops, pond fills, dikes, or other areas designated by the area manager.

(3) The field trial club assumes all responsibility for personal injuries, handling of traffic, parking, cleaning up trash, papers, etc. and other occurrences resulting from the trial.

(4) If a concession stand is permitted, acceptable standards of sanitation and food quality must be maintained.

(5) A scheduled field trial date may be changed, including requests for extensions beyond the approved ending date, pending receipt of written notification to the wildlife district office in which the field trial is located under the following conditions:

(a) Notification is received at least fourteen days prior to the original trial date; and

(b) No conflict exists with another approved field trial or division activity.

(E) It shall be unlawful to fail to report any unbanded quails, chukar partridges, ducks, pheasants or other game birds that are accidentally shot during a field trial to the division of wildlife; provided further, clubs are not required to release replacement birds for those that are accidentally shot.

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

Effective: 07/01/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 06/30/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06 , 1531.08 , 1531.10
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06 , 1531.08 , 1531.10
Prior Effective Dates: 8/25/75, 7/11/80, 11/12/82, 5/31/83, 6/1/86, 8/11/91, 10/25/91, 8/15/95, 11/1/97, 6/1/2006, 11/27/2009

1501:31-9-05 Training dogs.

(A) On any area owned or leased by the division of wildlife, or upon any areas which are under the control of the division of wildlife by virtue of any rule or agreement with any division of the Ohio department of natural resources, or any license or agreement with the United States government or upon any area which the wildlife chief has established a public hunting area or wildlife area:

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to train, work, or exercise any dog on any division owned, administered or controlled property that is posted with signs reading "Public Hunting Area" or "Wildlife Area" between the first day of May and the thirty-first day of August, both dates inclusive. Excepting therefrom, dogs may be trained or worked during this closed period at the field trials approved by the wildlife chief or his designated representative and on such portions of these lands as are marked with state signs which read "Dog Training is Permitted All Year Only In the Posted Unit."

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person who is engaged in the business of training or boarding dogs for financial gain to train, work, or exercise any dog on the aforementioned areas except when participating in a field trial authorized by the division of wildlife. Professional dog trainers may exercise dogs on state lands not more than two days prior to an authorized field trial when such dogs will be participating in that trial.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to train, work, or exercise any dog on the Magee marsh public hunting area at any time, except in conjunction with authorized hunting.

(4) It shall be lawful for individuals to purchase domestically raised pheasants, Chukar partridge, quail and mallard ducks from licensed propagators, and may shoot said game birds from sunrise to sunset while training dogs within areas on state public hunting areas posted with signs reading "Dog Training is Permitted All Year Only in this Posted Unit." Provided further, it shall be unlawful to train or work dogs on public hunting areas or wildlife areas from May first through the thirty-first of August.

(a) Each such game bird shall be banded with a lock-type band or butt-end type for quail and Chukars prior to release.

(b) This rule in no way shall alter or affect the hunting license requirements which shall be adhered to by individuals while participating on dog training areas.

(B) The training, working, or exercising of dogs may be limited to designated areas or parts thereof within a public hunting area at the discretion of the chief of the division of wildlife or his designated agent.

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

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/22/2011 and 06/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1533.06 , 1533.08 , 1533.10
Rule Amplifies: 1533.06 , 1533.08 , 1533.10
Prior Effective Dates: 6/25/75, 7/11/80, 6/1/85, 6/1/86, 6/18/02, 6/04/03, 6/01/06

1501:31-9-06 User fee schedule.

(A) The following fees are hereby established under authority of Chapters 119., 1531., and 1533. of the Revised Code:

(1) The daily fee for Tri-Valley wildlife area when used for field trials shall be two hundred and thirty-five dollars day. Persons who pay this fee shall be entitled to use the field trial grounds, horse corral, parking facilities, meeting room, dog kennels and electrical outlet plugs.

(2) Daily fee for any property used for field trial purposes which is administered or controlled by the division of wildlife, fifty dollars.

(3) Annual use permit fees for watercraft mooring at tie up stakes, rowboat, eighty dollars; pontoon boat, eighty dollars. The permit expires on the last day of December of each year.

(4) There shall be a non-refundable application fee for hunting, fishing and trapping control permits administered by the division of wildlife headquarters office. The non-refundable fee shall be three dollars when submitted by internet application and up to a five dollar fee when submitted by any other method. .

(5) The fee for antlerless deer permits shall be fourteen dollars and a one dollar writing fee. Antlerless deer permits shall be valid only during the period as specified for each deer zone in rule 1501:31-15-11 of the Administrative Code and in areas established as urban deer zones or a division of wildlife controlled hunt.

(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to use any of the facilities or participate in any of the activities for which fees have been established under this rule without first having paid said fees and received proofofpayment.

(C) It shall be unlawful for any person, except those authorized by the wildlife chief, to sublease, or charge, or accept a fee for any facility on property owned, administered, or operated by the division ofwildlife.

(D) The chief of the division of wildlife is hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with an individual for the purpose of operating concessions at a facility owned, controlled, or maintained by the division of wildlife. Such fees shall be set by the chief in accordance to the service provided to the public.

(E) It shall be unlawful for any person to anchor, dock, moor, beach or tie up any watercraft at a dock space or tie up stake other than that designated on the mooring permit issued by the division of wildlife.

(F) The division of wildlife may produce, acquire, or sell conservation related items which promote wildlife conservation. The division shall publish a list that indicates the item and the price of each item available for sale. The chief of the division of wildlife may waive all or any portion of any listed fee for items used in division sponsored programs.

(G) The division may accept bids for trapping rights on properties owned, controlled, or maintained by the division where limited access is maintained, or where animal removal is needed for management or research purposes. The division shall advertise each year that trapping by bidding is available, in a newspaper having general distribution in the county where the trapping opportunity is available. Bid forms will be provided by the division at the facility where the trapping will be conducted. Persons signing the bid form shall agree to all the provisions therein. If any provision is violated, the contract will terminate and any fees paid to the state will be forfeited to the state.

(H) The division may accept bids for boat stakes or docks at division facilities on an annual basis when such would be of benefit to the public. The division shall determine the number necessary for each lake, and the bid per stake cannot be less than is provided in paragraph (A)(4) of this rule. The successful bidder can dock boats on these facilities and rent the same. The division shall advertise each year that boat rental opportunities by bidding will be available. This advertisement will be in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the lake is located. Bid forms will be provided by the division at the facility where the boat rental opportunities will be conducted. Persons signing the bid form shall agree to all the provisions therein. If any provision is violated, the contract will terminate and any fees paid to the state will be forfeited to the state.

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

Effective: 07/01/2010
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 06/30/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06 , 1531.08 , 1531.10
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06 , 1531.08 , 1531.10
Prior Effective Dates: 3/3/73, 6/1/78, 6/1/79, 6/1/81, 11/12/82, 6/1/86, 7/14/88(EMER), 10/17/88, 1/15/91, 5/16/94, 7/18/95, 10/3/95, 11/1/97, 6/1/99, 2/1/02, 7/19/02, 7/28/03, 1/1/04, 5/27/05, 6/1/06, 11/24/2008, 11/27/2009

1501:31-9-07 Wild animal hunting preserves.

(A) Methods of take:

(1) It shall be unlawful to take any game, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife from a wild animal hunting preserve by any method other than hunting:

(a) With a gun,

(b) With a gun and dog,

(c) With a bow and arrow,

(d) With a shotgun that is ten gauge or smaller or,

(e) By falconry as defined in Administrative Code.

(B) It shall be unlawful to place any type of game, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife in a wild animal hunting preserve which would not contain the animal and allow the animal to escape into the wild.

(C) It shall be unlawful to release any game, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife from a cage or holding pen and immediately shoot or attempt to take said game, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife.

(D) It shall be unlawful to release anygame, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife on a wild animal hunting preserve which is untagged or improperly tagged.

(E) It shall be unlawful to transport or possess any game, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife taken from a wild animal hunting preserve without a tag as described in division (C) of section 1533.731 of the Revised Code except captive white-tailed deer must be tagged according to rules adopted under section 943.24 of the Revised Code.

(F) It shall be unlawful for the holders of a wild animal hunting preserve license to fail to keep accurate daily records of the information required by divisions (E) and (F) of section 1533.731 of the Revised Code. All required information shall be recorded on forms supplied by the division of wildlife or the Ohio department of agriculture or in any manner that documents the required information and is available for review and inspection.

(G) Escaped game, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife.

(1) It shall be unlawful for the operator of a wild animal hunting preserve to fail to notify by telephone the chief of the division of wildlife or his representative of the escape of any game, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife within twenty-four hours of becoming aware of the escape.

(2) It shall be unlawful for the operator of a wild animal hunting preserve to fail to immediately upon becoming aware of an escape of any game, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife, make repairs to the enclosure to prevent addditional escapes of any game, captive white-tailed deer or nonnative wildlife.

(H) It shall be unlawful to fail to clearly define the boundaries of each wild animal hunting preserve enclosure with signs. These signs must:

(1) Be constructed of a durable, weather resistant material;

(2) Be at least ten inches by fourteen inches is size;

(3) Read "Licensed Hunting Preserve" in the English language,

(4) Be placed at a height above the ground of no less than four feet,

(5) Be secured to the outside of the fenced enclosure,

(6) Be placed along the perimeter of the fenced enclosure at intervals that do not exceed four hundred feet.

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

Replaces: 1501:31-9-07

Effective: 01/01/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06 , 1531.08 , 1531.10
Rule Amplifies: 1533.721 , 1533.731
Prior Effective Dates: 8/15/95

1501:31-9-08 Electric powered all purpose vehicle permits.

(A) It shall be unlawful to possess or use an electric powered all purpose vehicle (EPAPV) permit unless the holder meets one of the following requirement, as documented by a licensed physician:

(1) Has a permanent or irreversible physical disability that prevents the ability to ambulate without prolonged use of a wheelchair, walker, crutches, one leg brace or external prosthesis above the knee, two leg braces or external prosthesis below the knee for mobility, or:

(2) Has lung disease to the extent that forced expiratory volume for one second when measured by spirometry is less than one liter or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty millimeters of mercury on room air at rest, or:

(3) Has cardiovascular disease to the extent that functional limitations are classified in severity as class three or four, according to standards accepted by the American heart association on May 3, 1988 and where ordinary physical activity causes palpitation, dyspnea or anginal pain.

(B) Anyone meeting the requirements set forth in paragraph (A) of this rule and seeking such a permit shall apply in writing on a form provided by the division of wildlife for such a permit. The issued permit shall be valid from March first of the year received until the last day of February of the year following. Such a permit and application shall be free.

(C) An EPAPV permit shall only be valid on or along a road that is owned or administered by the division of wildlife, provided that the road is identified by an electric-powered all-purpose vehicle sign.

(D) The holder of an EPAPV permit shall carry and exhibit upon demand such permit to any person while operating or hunting with the aid of an electric-powered all-purpose vehicle or motor vehicle on a designated access area on a wildlife area.

(E) It shall be unlawful for a holder of an EPAPV permit, or a person assisting such a permit holder, to operate an electric-powered all-purpose vehicle with greater than thirty horsepower maximum on or along designated access roads on a wildlife area.

(F) It shall be unlawful for anyone other than the holder of an EPAPV permit, or a person assisting such a permit holder, to operate a motor vehicle on or along a designated access road.

(G) It shall be unlawful for a holder of an EPAPV permit to possess or use a loaded firearm unless the EPAPV or motor vehicle they occupy is at a complete stop with the motor or engine turned off.

(H) It shall be unlawful for persons accompanying the holder of an EPAPV permit to use the EPAPV or motor vehicle for a hunting blind or shooting platform or to discharge a firearm, bow or crossbow from such a vehicle.

(I) A person may accompany and aid a holder of an EPAPV permit without possessing a hunting license or deer or turkey permit or wetlands habitat stamp, provided said person does not carry or use a hunting implement such as a firearm, bow or crossbow.

(J) It shall be unlawful to park an electric-powered all-purpose vehicle or motor vehicle used with an EPAPV permit in a manner that obstructs vehicular traffic on designated state wildlife area access roads.

(K) It shall be unlawful to operate or park a motor vehicle other than an electric-powered all-purpose vehicle, more than ten feet off of a designated access road edge.

(L) It shall be unlawful to operate an electric-powered all-purpose vehicle more than one hundred yards perpendicular from the nearest designated access road edge.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/22/2011 and 06/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1533.10 , 1533.103
Rule Amplifies: 1533.10 , 1533.103
Prior Effective Dates: 11/24/08