The Commission:

  • Name: Ohio Wildlife Council
  • Regulatory or advisory: Advisory
  • Number of voting members: 8
  • Term length: 4 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Senate confirmation required: Yes
  • Selection criteria per statute:

The council shall have eight members, not more than four of whom shall be of the same political party…At least two of the eight members shall be engaged in farming as their principal means of support.”

  • From the Commission’s website:

The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations.

The Agency:

  • Name: Division of Wildlife
  • Type: Subagency within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Title of Agency Director: Director
  • Selection process: Appointed by Governor
  • Mission statement from agency website:

“The Division of Wildlife’s mission is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all.”

Revenue for Ohio Division of Wildlife (2023)

Other: Other revenue (5%), Motor vehicle fuel tax (4%), Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Species Fund (1%), Wetlands Habitat Stamp (<1%), Fines (<1%)

Source: Ohio Division of Wildlife 2023 Revenue and Expenditures provided by John Windau- ODNR Division of Wildlife Licensing Communications Coordinator on 4/5/24

Find Your State

America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

State Report

Agency Culture Memo

National Report