Just happened to think....
We now have the option of taking most of the course online. I don't know who's doing it yet, and what the costs are, but the option is available.
The range time requirement is still necessary, but who really minds blowing away a few targets....
The course itself will probably bore you silly, but the coverage of some of Ohio's goofier laws might be worth the effort. Especially if you're likely to get hung up by one of the strange stuff in there, like carrying in a House of Worship.
If you prefer to do this in a classroom (the "networking" aspects, IMHO, are worth it) you can also find one-day courses. Bring a seat cushion
.... You still have to deal with the application process in your County, but unless its a long ride or at some insane hour v.s. your regular schedule, that's a once every five years thing anyway.
If you're going to OC in your own yard, have your driver's license with you. Should you attract attention you may need to provide it to the LEO's that show up. Might not want 'em to follow you into the house
It is a bit of money ('round here, about $150-$175, including the course and the mandated fee), but probably worth it. It also ups our counts (
), which is nice, but IMHO the "fully legal" aspect may save you that same money if there is a problem.