Applications are now available on line for Hoosiers wanting to participate
in special deer reduction hunts at designated Indiana state parks this fall,
including Indiana Dunes State Park.
The first round of state park deer reduction hunting will be Nov. 18 and 19.
The second round will be Dec. 2 and 3.
State park deer reductions help maintain and restore unique and valuable
ecosystems damaged by white-tailed deer. The designated parks are closed to
the general public on hunting days.
Applications are available at IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov
The application deadline is Aug. 25. Applicants should see details at
dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/5834.htm before applying.
Applicants must be Indiana residents and be 18 years old by Nov. 18, 2013,
and possess at least one valid Indiana deer license. Apprentice and private
preserve licenses are not applicable. Each person may apply only once for
each state park deer reduction effort, regardless of primary or buddy
status. All applications sharing duplicate names will be disqualified.
Biologists determine which parks require a reduction based on habitat
recovery and previous harvest data. This year marks the 20th anniversary of
the first state park deer reduction hunt in Indiana.
Parks participating this year are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown,
Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon,
Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake,
Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial, which will
hold reduction hunts using firearms, and Fort Harrison and Clifty Falls,
which will hold reduction hunts using archery.