Fish and Wildlife Rules Update

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Fish and wildlife rules update

-- Rule changes presented for final adoption July 20
-- Orange clothing requirement dropped for possible fall turkey season
-- Trout season date retained


Modified Department of Natural Resource's fish and wildlife administrative rule change proposals will be presented to the Natural Resources Commission on July 20.

Earlier this year, DNR proposed more than 30 rule changes to protect wildlife while addressing enforcement, legal and social concerns. Changes to deer and turkey hunting laws, fishing regulations, turtle regulations and state endangered species listings have been proposed.

The creation of a fall turkey season, extending the coyote season, and establishing new brown trout regulations at Brookville Lake are a few of the rules changes suggested by hunters and anglers last summer during a series of open houses.

Based upon public comments, the DNR has recommended numerous changes to the original rule proposals that were given preliminary adoption in January. More than 50 individuals attended the public hearing on March 25, 2004, and many comments on the rules were mailed or e-mailed.

Due to overwhelming public opposition, the proposed hunter orange clothing requirement for fall turkey hunting with a firearm has been dropped. DNR continues to strongly believe in the wearing of hunter orange as a means of reducing hunter-judgment or vision-related accidents. The DNR will continue to partner with the National Wild Turkey Federation and other sportsman's groups to educate hunters about turkey hunting safety.

The DNR has also recommended keeping the trout season closing date of Dec. 31 due to concerns that a trout season extension could hurt brown trout populations that are stocked by private groups with a DNR stocking permit.

The NRC meeting is 10 a.m., July 20 at in the Garrison Conference Center at Ft. Harrison State Park on the eastside of Indianapolis. The meeting is open to the public.

To view the proposed rule language and complete report, including public comments and DNR responses, go to:

For information on the rule review process and specific proposals, go to:

Individuals who need reasonable modifications for effective participation in public meetings should call the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife ADA coordinator at (317) 232-4080 (voice and TDD).