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Indiana Dunes State Park closed November 18-19, December 2-3 for deer hunt

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Indiana Dunes State Park is one of 21 state parks which will close temporarily--on Nov. 18-19 and again on Dec. 2-3--to allow for controlled deer reductions.

All of these parks--including Indiana Dunes State Park--will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.

The other state parks which will be holding deer reductions are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial.

At Indiana Dunes State Park a public standby drawing to fill spots left vacant will take place on property each morning of the reduction. That standby drawing is scheduled for 8 a.m. (CST). Potential standby participants can apply on site between 7 and 7:45 a.m. (CST) but may not enter the park before 7 a.m.

Eligibility for daily on-site standby drawings is limited to Indiana residents who are 18 years of age by Nov. 18, and have any valid license to take deer in Indiana. Indiana residents who possess an Indiana lifetime license to take deer are also eligible.

To participate in the standby drawings, individuals must present a photo ID and their valid filled or unfilled license to take deer. Applications can include up to three individuals. The number of participants drawn will be based on the number of unclaimed spots for each day; it is not a first-come, first-served process. The need for stand-in hunters tends to increase with each hunt day.

Questions about participating in the standby drawings should be directed to the property of interest.

Similar standby drawings will be held at Spring Mill and Turkey Run (firearms hunts) and at Fort Harrison (archery hunt). Those daily standby drawings are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (EST). Potential standby participants can apply on-site between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. (EST) but may not enter the park before 7:30 a.m.

Only individuals drawn last September and those listed on their applications may participate at Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial. There will be no standby drawings at those parks.

Participants must wear a hunter orange hat or cap and vest, coat, jacket or coveralls at all times while on the property.

“DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park,” the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said. “The state parks are home to more than 32 state-endangered plants and numerous significant natural communities. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.”

Information on 2014 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild

The application deadline is usually the end of August.

A report on the 2012 reductions can be found at dnr.IN.gov/parklake/files/sp-DeerRMRR.pdf

 

 

Posted 11/4/2013