Indiana Hunting News

Commission to Consider Wildlife Rule Changes
Indiana DNR officials will present administrative rule change proposals to the Natural Resources Commission on Jan. 20. The creation of a fall turkey season, extending the coyote season, and establishing new brown trout regulations at Brookville tailwater are a few of the rule proposals that hunters and anglers proposed.
Captive Deer Discussion January 17th
A citizen advisory group tackling the controversial subjects of regulating white-tailed deer ranching and hunting of cervids (deer and elk) within fenced enclosures will meet in Indianapolis on Jan. 17 at Fort Harrison State Park.
Deer Harvest Steady so Far
Preliminary figures from deer check stations around Indiana indicate that hunters took typical numbers of deer in the early archery hunting season.
Deer Hunters Urged to Donate Venison
Venison is an abundant natural resource in Indiana. Hoosier deer hunters put around 6 million pounds of venison on the table each year. DNR officials are urging hunters to share their harvest with food banks around the state through the Sportsmen Against Hunger program.
Deer and Elk Import Restrictions
Hoosier hunters traveling out of state in search of big game should be aware of new deer and elk import restrictions.
DNR Seeks Feedback on Rule Proposals
The creation of a fall turkey season, extending the coyote season, and establishing new brown trout regulations at Brookville tailwater are some of the changes suggested by hunters and anglers.
Hunting Heritage Partnership Grant Awarded
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has awarded the Indiana Department of Natural Resources a $59,750 grant from its Hunting Heritage Partnership to launch a pilot program to help introduce hunter education graduates to hunting opportunities in the state.
Deer Season Forecast
Indiana's deer hunting season gets underway soon with the launch of archery season on Oct. 1. While deer biologists are predicting that the number of deer taken by hunters will be similar to previous years, Indiana hunting safety experts are anticipating a significant drop in the number of hunting accidents.
2002 Deer Herd Reduction
This year, fourteen state parks and one nature preserve are sites of a controlled deer herd reduction Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3. Volunteer hunters assist the DNR in reducing the size of the deer herds, which have grown too large to be supported at these parks. The goal of the deer herd reduction is to help restore and maintain the ecological balance in the parks.
Controlled Deer Herd Apps
Applications are now available to participate in a controlled deer herd reduction in 14 Indiana state parks and one nature preserve. The reduction will take place on Monday, Nov. 18; Tuesday, Nov. 19; Monday, Dec. 2; and Tuesday, Dec. 3. The 14 state parks are Chain O'Lakes, Clifty Falls, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Potato Creek, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial. Twin Swamps Nature Preserve also is included in the herd reduction program this year. "This program is successfully restoring ecosystems in state parks that were damaged for many years by an overpopulation of white-tailed deer," said John Goss, DNR director.