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DNR seeks bowhunters to count furbearer species

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is again asking bowhunters to volunteer to count furbearer species and other wildlife this fall for science.

DNR began the collaborative project--dubbed the Archer’s index--in 1992 and uses that data collected to monitor species and track population trends.

Volunteers receive a standard survey sheet and instructions to record hours hunted and count sightings October to late November.

“The data gathered from bowhunters helps biologists see trends over time in furbearer populations,” said Geriann Albers, furbearer biologist for the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. “Without volunteers, we couldn’t capture this amount of data throughout the state within a small timeframe.”

Species recorded include badger, beaver, bobcat, bobwhite quail, coyote, deer, fox and gray squirrels, gray and red fox, grouse, domestic cat, muskrat, opossum, rabbit, raccoon, river otter, skunk, and wild turkey.

Previous surveys have shown downward trends in observations of red and grey fox and upward trends in bobcat sightings in the last 20 years. The information is useful for making informed wildlife management decisions.

The DNR seeks volunteers throughout the state. To volunteer, email or call (812) 334-1137.

See previous Archer’s Index reports at



Posted 8/4/2017




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