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Chapter 1501:31-27 | License and Permit Regulations

 
 
 
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Rule 1501:31-27-01 | Exemption requirements.
 

(A) In accordance with section 1533.12 of the Revised Code, all persons exempt from purchasing a fishing or hunting license; deer, turkey, or trapping permit; or wetlands habitat stamp shall annually apply for a free fishing or hunting license; deer, turkey, or trapping permit; or wetlands habitat stamp on an official application form provided by the chief of the division of wildlife.

(B) Each person who is a resident of Ohio that possesses an honorable discharge from the armed forces that has been declared a prisoner of war by the armed forces of the United States and/or has a disability that has been determined by the veterans' administration to be permanently and totally disabling, who receives a pension or compensation from the veterans' administration and every veteran to whom the registrar of motor vehicles has issued a set of license plates under section 4503.41 of the Revised Code, shall obtain certification from the veterans' administration which indicates name, address and file number of such person. Said certification shall be submitted in addition to his/her application as provided in paragraph (A) of this rule.

(C) Each qualified resident of Ohio who applies for said licenses shall be issued a free license, permit, and/or stamp in accordance with section 1533.12 of the Revised Code.

(D) Each person who receives licenses, permits, and/or stamps in accordance with section 1533.12 of the Revised Code shall comply with all laws, rules, and regulations of the Revised Code and Administrative Code concerning the carrying, exhibiting, and displaying of licenses, and the taking or possessing of wild animals.

(E) Each Ohio resident, sixty-five years of age or older, who was issued a permanent hunting license prior to September 1, 1987, is exempt from obtaining an annual hunting license. However, such persons must annually apply for a free deer permit, turkey permit, trapping permit, and/or wetlands habitat stamp in accordance with section 1533.12 of the Revised Code.

(F) The provisions of section 2921.13 of the Revised Code apply to falsification of any information required on the application for a free hunting or fishing license; deer, or trapping permit; or wetlands habitat stamp.

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

Supplemental Information

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Prior Effective Dates: 8/25/1976, 6/1/1980, 6/1/1985, 11/25/1987, 5/16/1994
Rule 1501:31-27-02 | Annual license and permit regulations.
 

(A) Each annual hunting license, deer permit, wild turkey permit, fur taker permit and wetlands habitat stamp shall be valid from the first day in March through midnight of the last day in February the following year.

(B) Each fishing license, hunting license, nonresident lake Erie sport fishing district permit, deer permit, wild turkey permit, fur taker permit and wetlands habitat stamp shall be issued in the form prescribed by the chief of the division of wildlife. Such licenses, permits and stamps may be in either printed or electronic form.

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

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1531.08, 1531.06, 1531.10
Amplifies: 1531.06, 1533.13, 1531.08.1531.10
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2024
Rule 1501:31-27-03 | Multi-year hunting and fishing license regulations.
 

(A) A multi-year hunting license issued in accordance with section 1533.321 of the Revised Code to a person who has not obtained a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a hunter education and conservation course approved by the chief or has not submitted evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief, shall bear an "apprentice" hunter designation and shall be subject to the provisions of section 1533.102 of the Revised Code and division (G) of section 1533.10 of the Revised Code and rules adopted thereunder, as applicable. This rule is in addition to and supplements section 1533.102 of the Revised Code.

(1) A multi-year hunting license issued in accordance with this rule shall begin on the date of issuance and expire three years, five years, or ten years from the date of issuance, as applicable.

(2) A multi-year hunting license issued in accordance with this rule to a person who subsequently obtains a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a hunter education and conservation course approved by the chief or submits evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief, shall be reissued in accordance with section 1533.10 of the Revised Code and section 1533.321 of the Revised Code without the "apprentice" hunter status designation.

(3) A multi-year hunting license issued in accordance with this rule to a person who subsequently becomes a nonresident after issuance of the license shall remain valid in this state during its term, regardless of residency status.

(B) It shall be unlawful for a person issued a hunting license in accordance with paragraph (A) of this rule to hunt if they are not accompanied by another person who is twenty-one years of age or older and who possesses a valid hunting license issued in accordance with sections 1533.10 of the Revised Code or section 1533.321 of the Revised Code.

(C) It shall be unlawful for the holder of a valid hunting license issued in accordance with sections 1533.10 of the Revised Code or section 1533.321 of the Revised Code to accompany more than two holders of a hunting license in accordance with paragraph (A) of this rule at one time.

(D) Each fiscal year, a prorated amount of the money from each multi-year license fee will be transferred from the multi-year and lifetime license fund to the fund into which the applicable single year license fee would otherwise be deposited in accordance with this paragraph.

(1) The prorated amount is equal to the total amount of the fee charged for the license divided by the number of years the license is valid.

(2) The amount subject to transfer will be based on number of multi-year license sold during the immediately preceding fiscal year and the number of multi-year license sold during previous fiscal years with amounts remaining to be transferred.

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

Last updated May 1, 2021 at 9:09 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1531.06, 1531.08, 1531.10, 1533.102, 1533.11, 1533.321
Amplifies: 1531.06, 1531.08, 1531.10, 1533.10, 1533.11, 1533.102, 1533.321
Five Year Review Date: 5/1/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 7/1/2019
Rule 1501:31-27-04 | One day fishing license.
 

(A) Any resident of this state or a nonresident may purchase a one day fishing license. The fee for which is established in section 1533.32 of the Revised Code. The one day fishing license shall expire at midnight on the day for which the license is valid.

(B) Notwithstanding division (C)(3) of section 1533.32 of the Revised Code, an annual fishing license issued in accordance with division (C)(2) of section 1533.32 of the Revised Code shall begin on the date of issuance of the one day fishing license and shall expire one year from the date of issuance of the one day fishing license.

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

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1531.10, 1531.08, 1531.06
Amplifies: 1531.10, 1531.08, 1531.06, 1533.32
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2025
Rule 1501:31-27-05 | Lifetime hunting and fishing license regulations.
 

(A) A lifetime hunting license issued in accordance with section 1533.321 of the Revised Code to a person who has not obtained a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a hunter education and conservation course approved by the chief or has not submitted evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief, shall bear an "apprentice" hunter designation and shall be subject to the provisions of section 1533.102 of the Revised Code and division (G) of section 1533.10 of the Revised Code and rules adopted thereunder, as applicable. This rule is in addition to and supplements section 1533.102 of the Revised Code.

(1) A lifetime hunting license issued in accordance with this rule shall begin on the date of issuance and shall remain in force as provided for in Chapter 1531. or 1533. of the Revised Code.

(2) A lifetime hunting license issued in accordance with this rule to a person who subsequently obtains a certificate of completion issued upon completion of a hunter education and conservation course approved by the chief or submits evidence of equivalent training in content and manner approved by the chief, shall be reissued in accordance with section 1533.10 of the Revised Code and section 1533.321 of the Revised Code without the "apprentice" hunter designation.

(3) A lifetime hunting license issued in accordance with this rule to a person who subsequently becomes a nonresident after issuance of the license shall remain valid in this state during its term, regardless of residency status.

(B) It shall be unlawful for a person issued a hunting license in accordance with paragraph (A) of this rule to hunt if they are not accompanied by another person who is twenty-one years of age or older and who possesses a valid hunting license issued in accordance with section 1533.10 of the Revised Code or section 1533.321 of the Revised Code.

(C) It shall be unlawful for the holder of a valid hunting license issued in accordance with section 1533.10 of the Revised Code or section 1533.321 of the Revised Code to accompany more than two holders of a hunting license in accordance with paragraph (A) of this rule at one time.

(D) Each fiscal year, a prorated amount of the money from each lifetime license fee will be transferred from the multi-year and lifetime license fund to the fund into which the applicable single year license fee would otherwise be deposited in accordance with this paragraph.

(1) The prorated amount is equal to the total amount of the fee charged for the license divided by ten for the senior lifetime fishing license and the senior lifetime hunting license.

(2) The prorated amount is equal to the total amount of the fee charged for the license divided by twenty-five for lifetime fishing license, youth lifetime fishing license, lifetime hunting license and youth lifetime hunting license.

(3) The amount subject to transfer will be based on number of lifetime license sold during the immediately preceding fiscal year and the number of lifetime license sold during previous fiscal years with amounts remaining to be transferred.

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

Last updated May 1, 2021 at 9:10 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1531.08, 1531.10, 1533.102, 1533.11, 1533.321, 1531.06
Amplifies: 1531.06, 1531.08, 1531.10, 1533.10, 1533.11, 1533.102, 1533.321
Five Year Review Date: 5/1/2026