• On all wildlife management areas, the
discharge of firearms for purposes
other than hunting is restricted to the
specific target or shooting ranges
provided for public use.
Looks like target shooting is now illegal on all WMAs now. So I guess if you want to ethically kill your quarry or introduce someone to shooting, you have to practice on private land or pay a ridiculous amount to get a membership at a range. Which means if you don't know someone with enough land and only shoot a few times a year (which doesn't justify getting a membership), you are out of luck.
It specifically says "wildlife management areas" though, not PHAs....not sure if that was a misprint and they meant all state areas.
Either way, great job ODWC. This will result in more crippled game and make it a lot more difficult to find a place to teach someone how to shoot.
I have a feeling someone is going to try to argue and maybe say that it already was illegal, but if you carefully read it in previous years it said "on WMAs where shooting range is provided, discharge of firearms for non hunting purposes is limited to the range provided".
I will acknowledge that people leaving their trash behind was an issue (the main point of reasoning I can see for changing this rule), however is it not an issue on WDUs with duck "hunters" as it already is, not to mention all the other ways littering/dumping occurs on public land?
The negatives outweigh the positives on this regulation change.