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Chapter 1501:3-6 | Firearms; Hunting and Fishing

 
 
 
Rule
Rule 1501:3-6-02 | Prohibited use of firearms.
 

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.

Last updated April 30, 2021 at 3:24 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1503.01
Amplifies: 1503.01
Five Year Review Date: 4/30/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974
Rule 1501:3-6-03 | Hunting, fishing, trapping prohibited; public hunting, fishing, trapping areas.
 

No person shall do the following:

(A) Hunt, trap, fish, kill, pursue, shoot 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.

(B) Shoot on, from, or across any road or driveway within any state forest.

Last updated July 29, 2021 at 9:52 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1503.01
Amplifies: 1503.01
Five Year Review Date: 7/29/2026
Rule 1501:3-6-04 | Use of target ranges.
 

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.

(C) Hours of use are contained in paragraph (B) of rule 1501:3-2-01 of the Administrative Code. Signs posted at the entrance to each range shall set forth inclusive hours of use.

(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.

(P) Use of explosive targets is prohibited.

(Q) On any designated state forest target range, it shall be unlawful for any person to shoot in any direction other than from the firing lane down range to the target.

Last updated April 30, 2021 at 3:24 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1503.01
Amplifies: 1503.01
Five Year Review Date: 4/30/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 1/9/2004
Rule 1501:3-6-05 | Exception to use of target ranges.
 

No person under sixteen years of age shall use the target ranges unless accompanied by a person eighteen years of age or older.

Last updated April 30, 2021 at 3:24 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1503.01
Amplifies: 1503.01
Five Year Review Date: 4/30/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 9/16/1974
Rule 1501:3-6-07 | Use of bait and taking of an animal using bait.
 

(A) It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute, place, or scatter salt, grain, or other feed whatsoever capable of luring, enticing, or attracting wild birds or deer on state forests without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division of forestry or authorized agent.

(B) It shall be unlawful to hunt or take wild birds or deer by the use of salt, grain, or other feed whatsoever capable of luring, enticing, or attracting wild birds or deer on state forests without first obtaining written permission from the chief of the division of forestry or authorized agent.

Last updated July 29, 2021 at 9:52 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1503.01
Amplifies: 1503.01
Five Year Review Date: 7/29/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 8/13/2015