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Rule 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.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1533.06, 1533.08, 1533.10
Amplifies: 1533.06, 1533.08, 1533.10
Five Year Review Date: 7/19/2021
Prior Effective Dates: 6/25/1975, 7/11/1980, 6/1/1985, 6/1/1986, 6/4/2003