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Ohio Expands Mobility-Impaired Hunting Opportunities

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Access roads on state wildlife areas open for hunting for hunters with mobility impairments using electric powered all-purpose vehicles (EPAPV) have been designated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The wildlife areas, by region are: Delaware, Big Island, and Deer Creek in central Ohio; Resthaven, La Su An, and Killdeer Plains in northwest Ohio; Grand River, Brush Creek, and Berlin in northeast Ohio; Waterloo and Cooper Hollow in southeast Ohio; and Fallsville, East Fork, and Spring Valley in southwest Ohio. The designated roads will be marked with signs on site and will be available for use beginning Nov. 24, 2008.

The areas have been identified in accordance with legislation passed earlier this year allowing mobility impaired hunters that meet certain medical criteria to apply for a permit to hunt from a motor vehicle on select wildlife areas. Permitted users may travel off road with an EPAPV only as long as they remain within 100 yards perpendicular from the edge of roads posted and specifically designated for this use.

Applications for permits are available now. Applicants must receive physician input and signature to complete their applications. Interested hunters can obtain the application and maps of the areas showing the location of the accessible roads from www.wildohio.com or by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE. The Division will begin accepting applications Oct. 1, 2008. 

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