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Ohio Expands Opportunities for Hunters With Disabilities

From Ohio Department of Natural Resources

-- Disabled hunters who meet certain medical criteria will be able to apply for a permit to hunt from a motor vehicle on select state wildlife areas as a result of legislation signed into law today by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

The new permit system allows qualifying individuals to possess a loaded firearm on or in an electric powered all-purpose vehicle (EPAPV) or motor vehicle, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

"This legislation represents a continuation of our efforts to enhance opportunities for persons with disabilities to hunt and fish," said Jim Marshall, assistant chief of the Division of Wildlife.

The vehicle must be at a complete stop with the motor off before a firearm can be discharged. When the vehicle is in motion, firearms on board must be unloaded. The EPAPV may be used as a hunting blind or platform during firearm discharge. 

Additionally, 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.

Nine access roads have been designated for use by permit holders at Deer Creek, Resthaven, Lake La Su An, Grand River, Bush Creek, Waterloo, Cooper Hollow, East Fork and Fallsville state wildlife areas.

State Rep. Peter Ujvagi of Toledo and state Sen. John Carey of Wellston sponsored the bill that provided for these changes. The Physically Challenged Bowhunters Association  (PCBA) and The Ability Center of Greater Toledo supported the legislation, advocating for improved hunting access for those with physical disabilities.

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