Web-Based License and Game Check System to Be Online March 1, 2011

Columbus, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR),
Division of Wildlife has entered into a contract with The Active
Network, Inc. to build and implement a Web-based license sales and
game check system. The new system will replace the existing
hunting, fishing and trapping license/permit sales system on March
1, 2011.

“This new Web-based license and game check system will
strengthen and enhance the Division’s fish and wildlife management
abilities,” said David M. Graham, chief of the Division of
Wildlife. “Sound wildlife management ensures healthy, sustainable
wildlife populations for the benefit of anglers, hunters, trappers
and wildlife watchers.”

The new system will incorporate better management and
integration of license sales information, hunter education,
publication distribution and tracking, special permitting
initiatives, controlled hunt allocations, arrest report tracking
and improved game check processes — all in real time.

The new system will cost $16.3 million over 8 ½ years. Funds to
pay for the new system will come from the Wildlife Fund. Money
generated from the sale of fishing, hunting and trapping licenses
make up the Wildlife Fund. State tax dollars are not part of this
fund.

Prior to the March 1, 2011 implementation date, a number of
pilot projects will be implemented to ensure the new system’s
readiness.

Hunters, trappers and anglers will see minor changes in the
appearance of their license, but the licensing process will remain
the same. Deer and turkey hunters will be introduced to a new
system that will allow them to easily and conveniently check game
at a license vendor, by phone or on the Internet.

A proposed change to the Ohio Revised Code, currently in House
Bill 1, would allow resident landowners the convenience of
automated game checking that all other hunters in Ohio would have,
but would require them to acquire a free deer or turkey permit in
order to use the system.

The Active Network is the largest global provider of integrated
technology solutions, marketing services and online media
properties that encourage and enable participation in activities
and events. The Active Network is either maintaining or developing
automated hunting and fishing licenses systems for 26 states.

Any customer that would like more information can log on to the
Division of Wildlife’s web site at wildohio.com. Once on the Division’s home
page, visitors should click on the “Proposed New License Sales and
Game Check System” line under the Ohio Wildlife News heading. As
the new system moves through development, the wildohio.com Web site will keep customers
updated.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance
between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the
benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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