Accompanying the really neat Fish Ohio pins being distributed this week is a yellow postcard-size notice from the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
The note says that beginning next year the Wildlife Division will only accept online Fish Ohio applications. No longer will it record data from mail-in entry forms. These forms, in essence, will no longer exist.
It's a cost- and manpower-saving strategy and follows on the heals of the agency offering only online Fish Ohio certificate-printing capabilities.
The switch will, of course, affect people who do not own a computer or else those who do not know how to use them. I count my oldest brother Terry in that group.
For these people the Wildlife Division recommends asking a friend, neighbor or relative to input the data. Or else visit a public library that offers Internet access.
Really, the process is quick and painless and it saves you the cost of a stamp and envelope.
The Internet site that will be used (and can be used even now) is www.FishOhio.org.
Questions about the new procedure, says the Wildlife Division, is available by calling either 614-265-6317 or 614-265-6325.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn