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All Purpose Vehicle (APV) Use Permit

The ODNR Division of Wildlife has long sought to provide enhanced access for persons with mobility impairments to interior areas of Division of Wildlife administered public wildlife areas while limiting disturbance to other hunters and minimizing negative impacts to wildlife habitat.

Permit holders are exempt from the prohibition of discharging a firearm from in or on their vehicle while using the designated access roads on Division of Wildlife properties. In addition to a car or truck, the permit will allow use of All Purpose Vehicles (APVs) on these designated access roads for permit holders.

Download the APV Permit Application at the right.  Applications are also available from district offices and Columbus headquarters. Applications must be completed by a licensed physician in addition to the applicant and mailed to the Division of Wildlife. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Permits are issued free of charge and are valid for three years. They must be renewed every three years.

APV Hunting Areas

There is one wetland, one forestland and one grassland hunting area in each of the Division of Wildlife’s five geographic districts of the state for a total of 15 designated APV access areas statewide. Ideally, this will provide hunters with mobility impairments the full range of hunting opportunities evenly distributed across the state. In addition to the 15 public hunting areas, qualified APV permit holders can hunt from their APV on private property.

Hunting areas where APV use is permitted

List of 15 Areas with Access Roads

Berlin Lake Wildlife Area
Big Island Wildlife Area
Brush Creek Wildlife Area
Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area
Deer Creek Wildlife Area
Delaware Wildlife Area
East Fork Wildlife Area
Fallsville Wildlife Area
Grand River Wildlife Area
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area
Resthaven Wildlife Area
Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Waterloo Wildlife Area
Woodbury Wildlife Area

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an APV?

"All-purpose vehicle" means any vehicle that is designed primarily for cross-country travel on land, water, or land and water and that is steered by wheels, caterpillar treads, or a combination of wheels and caterpillar treads and includes vehicles that operate on a cushion of air, vehicles commonly known as all-terrain vehicles, all-season vehicles, mini-bikes, and trail bikes.

What does the permit allow?

The All Purpose Vehicle (APV)/Motor Vehicle Use Permit for Persons with Mobility Impairments allows use of an APV and/or use of a motor vehicle as defined in section 4501.01 B of the Ohio Revised Code on designated access roads marked with signs on fifteen specific state wildlife areas. APVs may also be utilized on private property for all those who meet the established medical criteria.

Are all persons with disabilities eligible for an APV permit?

No. The designated access roads are for mobility impaired persons only who meet the established medical criteria and who were issued a permit by the Division of Wildlife. Only valid permit holders and persons who accompany permit holders are authorized to use an PV or motor vehicle on the designated access roads or an APV on private property.

Are gas or propane powered APVs permitted on the access roads?

Yes. All Purpose Vehicles may only be used by permit holders on the designated access roads and private property.

Can an APV or motor vehicle be taken off the designated road?

A permit holder is permitted to traverse with an APV only within 100 yards perpendicular from the edge of those roads posted and specifically designated for APV/motor vehicle use. Motor vehicles are not permitted off the designated roads.

Can a permit holder be accompanied by other persons?

Yes. A permit holder can be accompanied by other persons*.
*Persons accompanying the permit holder who are participating in hunting must have a valid hunting license and shall not use the EPAPV or Motor Vehicle as a platform for discharging a firearm. Persons accompanying the permit holder who are not carrying a hunting implement are not required to have a valid hunting license or deer or turkey permit or wetlands habitat stamp, provided said person does not carry or use a hunting implement or engage in hunting.

Can a permit holder carry a firearm?

Yes. A permit holder may possess a loaded firearm on or in a parked APV or motor vehicle. The APV or motor vehicle however, must be at a complete stop with the motor turned off. The firearm shall be unloaded and stowed in compliance with ORC 2923.16 at all times while the APV or motor vehicle is in motion and/or while the APV or motor vehicle is running.

Can a permit holder discharge a firearm from an APV or motor vehicle?

Yes. A permit holder may use the parked APV or motor vehicle as a blind and as a platform for discharging a firearm only while on a designated access road on listed state wildlife areas or from an APV while hunting on private property.

Can a permit holder possess more than one loaded firearm?

Yes.

What is the legal method to transport a firearm?

It is unlawful for a holder of an all-purpose vehicle permit to possess or use a loaded firearm unless the all-purpose vehicle or motor vehicle they occupy is at a complete stop with the motor or engine turned off.

Which wildlife areas have designated access roads?

The following Wildlife Areas have designated access roads:

Berlin Lake Wildlife Area
Big Island Wildlife Area
Brush Creek Wildlife Area
Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area
Deer Creek Wildlife Area
Delaware Wildlife Area
East Fork Wildlife Area
Fallsville Wildlife Area
Grand River Wildlife Area
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
Lake La Su An Wildlife Area
Resthaven Wildlife Area
Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Waterloo Wildlife Area
Woodbury Wildlife Area

How can I find the access roads?

Roads will be posted with signs on the wildlife areas designating them for use by permit holders only. Wildlife Area maps are also available from the Division of Wildlife, which show specific locations of the access roads.

What are the established medical criteria to receive an APV permit?

Applicant must provide documentation from a licensed physician of any of the following three types of permanent medical disabilities:

  • Severely limited mobility – permanent or irreversible physical disability that prevents ability to ambulate without use of a wheelchair, walker, crutches, one leg brace or external prosthesis above the knee, two leg braces or external prostheses below the knees for mobility. Occasional use of only one device does not qualify. The patient must require a device for mobility and be unable to ambulate without one. Other qualifying criteria are those patients which have multiple conditions that result in a minimum of 90% loss of use of a lower extremity. This standard is substantial and is seldom met where the patient does not require artificial support to perform activities of daily living.
  • Lung disease – to the extent that forced expiratory volume for one second when measured by spirometry is less than one liter or the arterial oxygen tension is less than 60 millimeters of mercury on room air at rest. Documentation of specific pulmonary function testing is required. The patient must meet the standard continuously from the date of the test to the date of application.
  • Cardiovascular disease – to the extent that functional limitations are classified in severity as class 3 or 4, according to standards accepted by the American Heart Association since May 3, 1988 and where ordinary physical activity causes palpitation, dyspnea or anginal pain. Documentation of specific cardiovascular function testing is required. The patient must meet the standard continuously from the date of the test to the date of application.

Permits will not be issued based solely on disability from pain, fatigue or from the normal aging process. Due to their subjective nature, impairment due to pain, fatigue and aging must be supported by specific causes and the loss of function substantiated due to such conditions.

How does a person obtain an APV permit?

Applications are available from all Division of Wildlife District offices, Columbus headquarters, and a downloadable version is also available.

Applications must be completed by a licensed physician in addition to the applicant. Applications should be sent to the Division of Wildlife, APV Permit, at 2045 Morse Rd., Building G, Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

How much does the permit cost and how long are they valid?

Permits are issued free of charge and are valid for three years. They must be renewed every three years.

Can I hunt from an APV or motor vehicle on private property?

On Private Land:

Properly permitted mobility impaired persons may hunt from a stationary APV.

Discharge of a firearm from a motor vehicle at a coyote or groundhog is permissible if the discharge is not during deer gun hunting season and the discharge is lawfully following the below restrictions under the Ohio Revised Code 2923.16

  • The motor vehicle from which the person discharges the firearm must be on real property that is located in an unincorporated area of a township and that either is zoned for agriculture or is used for agriculture.
  • The person must own the real property described in division (F)(2)(b) of this section, or is the spouse or a child of another person who owns that real property, or is a tenant of another person who owns that real property, or is the spouse or a child of a tenant of another person who owns that real property.

Discharge a firearm in any of the following manners in not permissible:

  • while under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or alcohol and a drug of abuse;
  • In the direction of a street, highway, or other public or private property used by the public for vehicular traffic or parking;
  • At or into an occupied structure that is a permanent or temporary habitation;
  • In the commission of any violation of law, including, but not limited to, a felony that includes, as an essential element, purposely or knowingly causing or attempting to cause the death of or physical harm to another and that was committed by discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

On State Land:

Properly permitted mobility impaired persons who meet established medical criteria may discharge a firearm from in or on an APV or motor vehicle while hunting from a designated access road on one of 15 state wildlife areas as described above.