ATHENS, OH – Access to some public hunting lands in southeast Ohio have changed, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), and hunters are encouraged to check with the landowners of both public and private lands each year before traveling to their hunting locations.
American Electric Power (AEP) is a private landowner that has allowed the public to access thousands of acres free of charge for more than 50 years. Effective immediately, AEP has closed the Avondale Area to public access. In addition, two other properties, Poston Plant Lands and Gavin Wildlife Area have had some access changes.
AEP continues to allow the public to recreate on more than 83,000 acres of its land by obtaining a free permit. To obtain a permit, hunters should send a request to American Electric Power Company, 59 W. Main Street, McConnelsville, Ohio 43756 or online at aep.com/environment/conservation/maps.aspx.
Whether hunting public or private property, it is always a good practice for hunters to check-in with the landowner before arriving at their favorite hunting locations. Hunters are reminded to respect the rights and signs of property owners, and hunters should always obtain written permission before hunting, fishing or trapping on private property. Hunting without permission remains one of the primary violations state wildlife officers encounter in the fall.
Hunters looking for additional areas to pursue their favorite game can also check out the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s website at wildlohio.gov or by calling the Wildlife District 4 Office in southeastern Ohio at 740-589-9930.