O'Brien, Uecker Bill Encouraging Hunting and Fishing Passes Senate
April 11, 2018
A bill introduced by state Senators Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) to encourage more people to participate in hunting and fishing in Ohio passed the Ohio Senate today and will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.
“Our bipartisan legislation will contribute to the overall health and well-being of Ohio residents by encouraging them to get outdoors and enjoy nature,” said Sen. O’Brien. “It will increase the number of sportsmen and sportswomen hunting and fishing in Ohio each year and will also increase the revenue available to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which will help fund conservation activities across the state.”
Senate Bill 257 allows the chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife to issue multi-year, lifetime or combination fishing and hunting licenses at discounted prices and lets mobility-impaired Ohioans hunt from all-purpose vehicles on private and public land. It also allows the chief to exempt certain people – including veterans and people with disabilities – from being required to have a fishing license.
The bill also allows non-resident youths to purchase hunting licenses at the same price as Ohio youths. Under the bill, senior residents will be able to obtain “apprentice senior hunting licenses” and hunt with people who already have hunting licenses as they complete the required training.
Senators O’Brien and Uecker have been working together with representatives from the ODNR to craft this legislation.