Department of Natural Resources - Hunting and Trapping - State-owned or administered lands designated as public hunting areas.


Published: 2020-07-01

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(A) As listed on wildohio.gov, areas administered by divisions of the Ohio department of natural resources are hereby designated as public hunting areas upon which hunting and trapping are permitted as prescribed by the Revised Code or the Administrative Code.

(1) The listed state forests administered by the division of forestry,

(2) The listed lands owned, administered by or under agreement with the division of wildlife are hereby designated as public hunting areas or wildlife areas.

(B) The areas administered by the division of parks and watercraft listed on wildohio.gov are hereby designated as public hunting areas. Hunting and trapping are permitted when done in accordance with the Revised Code and the Administrative Code. It shall be lawful to hunt game birds, game quadrupeds and furbearing animals, and trap furbearing animals in the division of parks and watercraft areas named on wildohio.gov when done in accordance to the official hunting maps for the parks listed. Official hunting maps indicate those areas of the park open and closed to hunting and trapping and any restrictions on hunting or trapping in those areas. The official copies of the maps are filed with the chief of the division of parks and watercraft. At least thirty days prior to the effective date copies of the maps are posted in accordance with the Administrative Code and filed at the respective parks and watercraft area headquarters office. Parks that have areas open to hunting and trapping are listed on wildohio.gov.

(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt within a public hunting area posted with signs showing "No Hunting," or "Safety Zone-No Hunting," "No Trapping," or "No Hunting and No Trapping."

(D) It shall be unlawful for any person to take, kill or harass a wild animal in any state park at any time unless authorized by the chief of the division of wildlife, except during the open season.

(E) The chief of the division of wildlife may issue special permits for any activity on any property owned or under control of the division of wildlife.

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