The advantages of online license purchases

Jason Keller, the state wildlife officer assigned to Lake
County, has a better way to replace a lost or damaged
fishing/hunting license.

And it will legally save someone $4, too, Keller says.

However, to do so means that a license holder will have to go
online first to purchase his or her permit instead of visiting a
license-issuing outlet.

Keller says it’s not cheating, either, but is simply a new way of
doing things based on emerging technology with hunters and anglers
finally catching up to all of the electronic equipment gizmo
changes.

The bottom line is that if you purchase a license, save the data to
the hard drive of your computer as an Adobe PDf file, Keller said,
something that was seconded by another Ohio Division of Wildlife
official.

“We were very well aware of this going in, but we don’t know how
many people are actually doing it,” said Kory Brown, the Wildlife
Division official in charge of implementing the agency’s new online
license-issuing system.

To date the Wildlife Division has sold about 1.25 million licenses,
permits and stamps of all kinds. Of these, about 145,000 have been
general hunting licenses, Brown said.

“The Friday and Saturday before the start of the archery season
we’ll sell thousands of deer permits, like what we see the weekend
before the start of the firearms deer-hunting season,” Brown said.
“There will be a huge push of hunting license sales; there always
is.”

Brown did say also that the Wildlife Division is giving thought for
next year of allowing hunters and anglers to obtain duplicate
licenses at no cost.

“It’s something that we are looking at,” Brown said.

As for the licenses and permits being bought this year, hunters
especially “really need to understand that they’ll have to protect
their deer tags before, during and after the hunt,” Brown
says.

That is because the paper being used by issuing agents is no more
waterproof than the standard ream paper used for home computer
printing machines.

“I personally use a Zip-lock-type little plastic I.D. holder that
actually has a hole in it that can be used with a string,” Brown
said. “You can get these at most office supply stores.”

 

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