Indiana Hunting News

Indiana Spring Turkey Season Opened April 27th

If you're wondering why the spring wild turkey hunting season starts as late as it does this year, DNR wildlife research biologist Steve Backs has an explanation.

"It's always the first Wednesday after the 20th of April, so it can be the 21st to the 27th," Backs said of the date-setting process that is based partly on biology and partly on courtesy to hunters.

Indiana NRC Approves Preliminary Deer Hunting Rule Changes

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has approved preliminary adoption of recommended rule changes for deer hunting.

Components of the proposed changes include modification of the season structure, bag limits, hunting equipment, and licensing requirements. The changes address requests from the NRC and the NRC's Advisory Council as part of their comprehensive review of fish and wildlife rules.

Indiana 2010 State Park Deer Hunt Report

Volunteer hunters took 1,689 deer during special controlled hunts at 16 state parks in November, according to Mike Mycroft, chief of natural resources for the DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs.

Indiana DNR/NRC to Discuss Deer Changes at Jan 11th Meeting

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has unveiled a new package of recommended changes to deer hunting rules that will be presented to the Natural Resources Commission at its Jan. 11 meeting at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

Indiana Governor Signs Land Deal

Governor Mitch Daniels signed official papers today that finalize a land exchange for expansion of Camp Atterbury in Johnson County and creation of the new Deer Creek Fish and Wildlife Area in Putnam County.

"I'm excited for what this means for the growth of Atterbury, and Deer Creek is a very beautiful piece of property," Daniels said. "Both of these properties will be visible and add value for decades and decades."

Indiana Deer Hunters Could Have Bountiful Year

Back-to-back record years for Indiana deer hunters and the fact regulations are unchanged give DNR deer management biologist Chad Stewart reason to believe hunters are in for another banner year in 2010.

"I'm anticipating another top-five all-time harvest," Stewart said. "I would not be surprised if we exceeded 130,000 total deer or achieved a new record."

In 2009, hunters bagged a record 132,752 deer - 3,000 more than the previous high mark set in 2008.

Indiana to Hold Deer Hunts at Big Chapman and Little Chapman Nature Preserves

The Department of Natural Resources is planning a management deer hunt at Big Chapman Lake Nature Preserve and Little Chapman Lake Nature Preserve and Wildlife Diversity Area.

Deer numbers are excessively high at both locations and over-browsing by deer threatens the long-term health of the properties. These adjacent properties are just north of Warsaw in Kosciusko County.

The hunts will be Nov. 1-28 and Dec. 4-Jan. 2. The properties are not being opened to hunting in general. Hunting will be for deer only and limited to archery equipment.

Wisconsin Offers New Web Based Alerts on Wolf Activity

Administrators from the natural resource agencies in 13 Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces have signed a joint resolution urging the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list.

Indiana DNR Public Meetings Set to Discuss Deer Hunting Changes

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has scheduled five open house meetings to share information about proposed changes to deer hunting regulations.

A rules package put forth by the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife received preliminary approval from the Natural Resources Commission in July. The rules package is open to public comment and will be the subject of official public hearings sometime in early 2011.

Indiana Deer Hunting Rule Changes Receive Preliminary Approval

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission gave preliminary approval to a comprehensive package of proposed changes to deer-hunting rules in Indiana.

The DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife developed the rules proposal to focus deer-herd reduction in a strategically targeted manner to more adequately balance the ecological, recreational and economic needs of the state's citizens.