Hearings Set for Proposed Possession Limit Changes in Indiana
The Natural Resources Commission will conduct two public hearings on proposed changes to clear up ambiguity regarding possession limits for legally taken fish and wildlife that have a bag limit, without adversely affecting wildlife species or unnecessarily encumbering legal anglers and hunters.
A nine-month review of current regulations by two DNR divisions—Law Enforcement and Fish & Wildlife—prompted the agency to seek the change, which would exempt from the possession limit restriction legally taken wild animals that have been processed and stored at an individual’s primary residence.
Several other state wildlife agencies that were contacted as part of the review already have adopted similar rules.
Currently, daily bag limit is defined (Indiana Code 14-8-2-18) as the quantity of individual wild animals that may be taken in one day of a specified season or during the entire season, and the possession limit is two times the daily bag limit.
These changes would not apply to migratory birds and waterfowl. U.S. Fish and Wildlife authorities interpret possession limit to include processed and stored specimens.
The proposed rule language can be found at: www.in.gov/legislative/iac/20111019-IR-312110470PRA.xml.pdf
Individuals can provide comments at one of the public hearings scheduled as follows starting at 6 p.m. (EST):
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Spring Mill Inn, Elm Room
Spring Mill State Park
3333 St. Rd. 60 East
Mitchell, IN 47446
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011
Peru Public Library
102 East Main Street
Peru, IN 46970
Comments regarding these proposed changes also can be submitted to the NRC by going to http://www.in.gov/nrc/2377.htm and clicking on "Comment on Proposed Rule" next to the “Wild Animal Possession Limit.” The deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 7, 2011.
Comments also can be mailed to:
Natural Resources Commission
Indiana Government Center North
100 North Senate Ave., Room N501
Indianapolis, IN 46204
All comments sent to the NRC regarding these proposed rule changes will be provided to its members and DNR staff and will be publicly disclosed and searchable on the Internet and in a paper docket as part of the final report.