Wednesday, June 3, 2009

States working together (No hunting license for you)

Ohio's eyes and ears are open to fish and game law violators trying to enter the state to hunt and fish.

So too are those of others states which are likewise participants in a multi-jurisdictional compact that recognizes each other's fish and game law violators.

With the compact the various participating states accept as their own the revocation or suspension of hunting or fishing licenses. That means that a person under license suspension in Ohio cannot buy one in a cooperating and participating state.

Since Ohio became an Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact participant, the Ohio Division of Wildlife has entered 146 violators into the computerized system. It also has agreed to recognize more than 6,500 suspensions entered in the database by 30 other states.

Last June, the first entries in the database by Ohio officials were made. Wisconsin anglers who had taken twice the number of walleye saw their Ohio licenses suspended and which were recognized by the home state. One of the anglers caught fishing while under the suspension saw another year added to his disability.

The system is designed to deter fish and game law violations since it is believed that revocation or suspension of licenses and permits is a powerful tool that helps discourage criminal acts, Ohio Division of Wildlife officials say.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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