Department of Natural Resources - Use of Areas Under the Control of the Division of Wildlife - All-purpose vehicle permits.


Published: 2020-07-01

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(A) It shall be unlawful to possess or use an all-purpose vehicle 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 on a form provided by the division of wildlife for such a permit. The issued permit shall be valid on an annual or multi-year basis as determined appropriate by the chief. Such a permit and application shall be free.

(C) The holder of an all-purpose vehicle permit may hunt, take, or shoot at wild quadrupeds or game birds from a motor vehicle or an all-purpose vehicle while on or along a road that is owned or administered by the division of wildlife subject to the following conditions:

(1) The road or designated area, as provided for in rule 1501:31-9-01 of the Administrative Code, is identified by an all-purpose vehicle sign;

(2) It shall be unlawful for anyone other than the holder of an all-purpose vehicle permit, or a person assisting such a permit holder, to operate an all-purpose vehicle or motor vehicle on or along a designated access road, except as provided in rule 1501:31-9-01 of the Administrative Code;

(3) It shall be unlawful to park an all-purpose vehicle or motor vehicle used under the authorization of an all-purpose vehicle permit in a manner that obstructs vehicular traffic on designated state wildlife area access roads;

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

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

(D) The holder of an all-purpose vehicle permit may hunt, take, or shoot at wild quadrupeds or game birds from a motor vehicle or an all-purpose vehicle while on or along a road that is owned or administered by the division of forestry subject to the following conditions:

(1) The road or designated area is identified by an all-purpose vehicle sign;

(2) It shall be unlawful to park an all-purpose vehicle or motor vehicle used under the authorization of an all-purpose vehicle permit in a manner that obstructs vehicular traffic on designated access roads;

(3) It shall be unlawful to operate or park a motor vehicle other than an all-purpose vehicle, more than ten feet off of a designated access road edge or operate an all-purpose vehicle more than one hundred yards perpendicular from the nearest designated access road edge.

(E) The holder of an all-purpose vehicle permit may hunt, take, or shoot at wild quadrupeds or game birds from an all-purpose vehicle or a motor vehicle while on private property.

(F) The holder of an all-purpose vehicle permit shall carry and exhibit upon demand such permit to any person while hunting from or with the aid of an all-purpose vehicle or motor vehicle.

(G) It shall be unlawful for a holder of an all-purpose vehicle permit to possess or use a loaded firearm unless the all-purpose vehicle 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 all-purpose vehicle permit to use the all-purpose vehicle 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 all-purpose vehicle 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 or engage in hunting.