Representative Jim Buchy...
the Rights of Hunters from West Central Ohio
February 1, 2012
House District is known for its agriculture, but along with our rural
comes the important role of sportsmen. Sportsmen are responsible for
animals that can be a nuisance to our crops. These outdoorsmen are
maintaining wildlife population levels. Without their efforts, crops
destroyed, disease would run rampant and the limited habitat would be
sportsmen in our area noticed two changes. Non-resident landowners were
longer able to hunt on their own land in Indiana without purchasing an
out-of-state license, and deer check was done electronically, closing
longtime deer check stations in our communities.
constituents wrote and called my office regarding the issue of
landowners. If you are an Ohio resident who owns property in Indiana
hunt that land, you may have noticed the requirement to purchase an
out-of-state license prior to hunting.
past, both Hoosiers and Ohioans who own land in the other state have
to hunt that land as a landowner without a license. This was changed
amendment that was tucked in the 2011-2012 Fiscal Budget, HB 153. One
basic tenets of freedom is the ability to own private property. Asking
landowner to purchase an out-of-state license to hunt on land that he
owns is an overextension of government. As a result, I have been
the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to establish an
Indiana that would provide the benefits to local hunters that these
my office received 255 survey responses from licensed hunters in our
who shared their viewpoints on this topic. Licensed hunters in our
overwhelmingly rejected the notion that they would have to purchase an
out-of-state hunting license to hunt on land that they owned in
results revealed that 245 out of 255, or 96 percent, of licensed
against this law change, while 10 out of 255, or 4 percent, of licensed
believe that such a license should be legally required.
has become law and will be difficult to change.
State representatives and senators from
districts along Ohio’s Indiana
border are in talks with ODNR to resolve this issue as soon as
goal is to enter into a reciprocal agreement with Indiana to allow
Hoosiers to hunt on their own land in either state with an in-state
of the returned surveys also illustrated that hunters found the
check to be an effective way to check in killed deer. Specifically, the
revealed that 159 out of 263 that responded to the question, or 60
licensed hunters believed that the electronic deer check functioned
80 out of 263, or 30 percent, of hunters believe that checking deer
electronically is not serving hunters well.
commented that they felt the new technology allowed more poaching. Time will tell, and I am
Division of Wildlife to strictly monitor enforcement of poaching for
in Ohio have experienced two
important changes to Ohio hunting laws within the past 12 months. Your
on these matters is important to me.
a result of the opinions from West Central Ohio, I will actively seek
resolution of the non-resident landowner issue pursue advancements to
electronic deer check system. I
to represent the fine people of this region and I hope you will
provide feedback on these issues and many more that are important to