The Ohio Division of Wildlife is once again holding its annual open house meetings for each district. These meetings will be held on March 4th at the District Offices in districts 1-4 and at the Greene County Fish and Game clubhouse for district 5. These public forums are held every year in order to give Ohio hunters, trappers and anglers a chance to bring policy and regulatory concerns directly to Division of Wildlife personnel.
Attending these district meetings is a great opportunity to for CHL holders to make their collective voice heard in a way that will be noticed.
As many of you know, the Division of Wildlife has been unwilling to fall in line with state law, and allow sportsmen and women, with a CHL to carry while deer hunting in Ohio. The issue has been brought up at these open houses in the past, but without success. Only thirty-five comments regarding concealed carry were received at the open houses in March 2006. Quite frankly, that is not enough demand to drive change.
The regulations, including those which prohibit concealed carry, are reviewed only once per year. Preliminary regulations were presented to the Wildlife Council earlier in January. They do not contain any changes regarding concealed carry for hunters. The Chief, Division of Wildlife will officially present the proposed changes on March 7. The Wildlife Council will discuss the proposed changes. However, there is no public testimony at the Wildlife Council meetings. The Ohio Wildlife Council meets at 7:00 PM at the District 1 office.
A final public state fish and wildlife hearing is held on March 8 at the District 1 office beginning at 9:00 AM. Public comments are heard depending upon specific time limitations. The Ohio Wildlife Council will have final discussions and vote on the proposed regulations on April 4, 2007.
Leaders of Buckeye Firearms Association have engaged in discussions with Division of Wildlife personnel over the past two years without success. Quite frankly, without an outpouring of sportsmen demand for change, nothing is going to change. Even if legislation is introduced and passed, it will be 2008 before the regulations would change.
This is the ONE-TIME-THIS-YEAR opportunity to make an impact and help change Ohio's wildlife regulations that deny the right of self-defense!
For your convenience the contact information for each district is listed on our website and can be accessed by visiting the story link provided below. This link provides information including maps to the open house locations.
Anyone unable to attend the open houses may submit written testimony to their District Office or to:
Mr. Steve Gray, Chief
Ohio Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Road
Columbus, OH 43229-6693
Comments may also be sent via email to Chief Gray, Copied to your State Representative and State Senator by using our Write a Letter feature.
Please visit our page below to access our Letter Write feature and view the district and contact info for your District office.
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