INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A legislative panel has approved a proposal that would allow fenced
deer-hunting preserves around Indiana.
A state Senate
committee voted 6-1 Monday to advance the bill to the full Senate. The
proposal sponsored by Sen. Carlin Yoder of Middlebury would set annual state
inspections and require those preserves be at least 160 acres.
The proposal comes
after a southern Indiana judge ruled last fall that the Indiana Department
of Natural Resources overstepped its authority by issuing an emergency order
banning the deer-hunting preserves in 2005.
The Indiana House
has approved bills the past two years to legalize five existing preserves
that continued operating under a court injunction. Those bills were blocked
by Senate President Pro Tem David Long, who has said the high-fenced
preserves donít offer real hunting.