Hearings Set for Proposed Possession Limit Changes in Indiana

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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. 


Retired2hunt's picture

  Arizona can do it then so


Arizona can do it then so can Indiana!  It is the voice of the general public (hunters) that helps in amending specific laws so they are clear and concise.  The possession limit definition of twice daily bag limit is used by many states.  I actually looked at the legal document.  I don't see that they take into consideration that if you have a taxidermy animal that it does not count as part of the possession limit.

Just great to read that the public is included as they should be and the use of two meetings to secure that public comment is adequate in knowing what is needed to correct the existing language of the law.

Good for Indiana!


numbnutz's picture

It's important for Wildlife

It's important for Wildlife commisions to seek public input for these type of rule changes. Although I don't know how much consideration is giving about the rule change it's nice to feel we have a say in how game is managed. When the commisions have these hearing it's important for us as hunters and outdoorsman to show up though and actually voice their opinions. I have attended a few public hearings here in Oregon. They are rather boring but I like to know what's going on in my state in regards to my hunting and fishing future.  Good information here I hope the resisdent hunters in Indiana show up and have their voices heard. Good luck.