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