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Columbus -- A bill has been introduced to lift the remaining restrictions on Sunday hunting in Ohio.
House Bill 493, sponsored by Representative Bob Latta (R-4th), would remove private land restrictions during hunting season. Public land is currently open to Sunday hunting. Some private lands are open, too, with severe restrictions. The bill removes restrictions requiring landowners to have 20 or more acres to hunt on Sunday. It also removes the restriction that non-owners only be allowed to hunt on property over 100-acres and registered in the state's Hunter Access Program.
Why the bill: "I believe it is extremely important that we expand hunting opportunities in Ohio," said Latta. "In an age in which many citizens work six or seven-day weeks, by limiting hunting to only Monday through Saturday, we are effectively losing our next generation of sportsmen and sportswomen."
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, which organized efforts to pass earlier Sunday hunting bills is now trying to rally Ohio sportsmen behind the current bill to remove these limitations.
"Although the 1998 bill opened up hunting on Sunday, it also created an extensive amount of private land restrictions that prevented sportsmen from taking advantage of this opportunity," said Dan Long, Ohio Field Director for the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance. "House Bill 493 removes the red tape and gives Ohio hunters the chance to find a place to hunt."
For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, call (614) 888-4868 or visit our web site, www.ussportsmen.org.