Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kasich bails out Wildlife Division on deer season date mistake

A calendar goof made by the Ohio Division of Wildlife required special action today by Gov. John Kasich.

Kasich was asked by the Wildlife Division to sign an executive order allowing the agency to set January 7 through 10 as the time frame for the statewide muzzle-loading deer-hunting season.

The governor quickly agreed, allowing the up-coming season to take place as initially called for by the agency.

And while those dates were picked many months ago - and even appear in the Wildlife Division’s hunting regulations guide that is given with each sold hunting license - they actually violate state policy.

Ohio’s Administrative Code says that muzzle-loading deer-hunting season is to enfold the second weekend in January, not the first weekend as is the case with this season.

Last year’s season was the second weekend, by the way.

“Rules change so much and periodically you have to look to ensure that they don’t complicate matters even further,” said Wildlife Division official Vicki Mountz. “It happens periodically and every now and then you see a boo-boo like this.”

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
Twiter: @Fieldkorn

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