New rules for fish possession, hunting preserve

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The Ohio Wildlife Council passed rules to modify the fish fillet rule and other fish and wildlife rules on Thursday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife.

Fillets must be kept whole until an angler reaches his or her permanent residence or until the fish are prepared for immediate consumption. There will be no requirement to keep skin on the fillets. This rule will not apply to anglers with a receipt from a fish cleaning house or charter captain, which states the date, number and species of fish.

Rules encompassing wild animal hunting preserves, commercial bird shooting preserves and wild cervids were passed to align with recently enacted legislation (House Bill 389). The Ohio Wildlife Council also passed rules to define the geographical limits on reservoirs and bag limits of selected fish species. For the complete list of rules, go to wildohio.com.

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Appointed by Governor John Kasich, no more than four members may be of the same political party, and two of the council members must represent agriculture. Each term of office is four years.

Wildlife Council members include: Charles E. Franks, Newark; Horace W. Karr, Pomeroy; George R. Klein, Akron; Paul P. Mechling, II, DVM, Pierpont; Larry B. Mixon Sr., Ph.D., Columbus; Tim Ratliff, Winchester; Stephen M. Seliskar, Willoughby; and Karen Stewart-Linkhart, Xenia.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.

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