Indiana Deer News


Should Indiana deer hunters be allowed to use high-powered rifles? December 17, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... a group of hunters is passionately opposed to using guns that can fire a bullet over longer distances... an unfair advantage over their prey ... Proponents of the rule change say that allowing high-powered rifles would be just as safe as the weapons currently allowed ...

Indianapolis, Indy Council Fails To Override Veto On Firearm Approval December 16, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... The Indianapolis City-County Council failed to override a mayoral veto on the issue of firing guns in parks for the purpose of deer culls... needed 20 votes ... a 16-13 vote...
      Ballard vetoes council in deer-hunt flap December 13, 2014 Indiana, Pal-item.com
... Mayor Greg Ballard has vetoed an ordinance that would have made it much more difficult for city officials to approve a deer hunt in city parks... “Public engagement is the most important thing public officials can do,” Council Vice President John Barth said Friday. “That really didn’t happen.” ...
     Ballard vetoes deer hunt ordinance December 12, 2014 Indiana, WISH-TV
... Mayor Greg Ballard vetoed a proposed ordinance that would give the City-County Council voting power on deer management programs in city parks.... “This proposed ordinance needlessly politicizes the sometimes difficult decisions ...
     Ballard vetoes council in deer-hunt flap December 12, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
...  [ordinance] drafted in response to concerns that the Eagle Creek hunt was pushed forward by the mayor’s office and parks board without adequate public comment and notification. They also expressed doubts that the hunt was biologically needed...

2015 to see high powered rifle for deer hunting in Indiana?  December 5, 2014 Indiana, Rushville Republican 
... Currently, Indiana limits modern day center fire ammunition in repeating and single shot rifles to selected “pistol” cartridges... This will allow high-powered rifles such as the .30-30 and .45-70 during the deer firearms seasons ...
      Natural Resources Commission accepting public comment on rules proposals December 4, 2014 Iindiana, Greene County Daily World
...  open for comment are amendments to several rules governing deer hunting, including the use of high-powered rifles during deer hunting season ... an online comment form at www.IN.gov/nrc/2377.htm... Background on the proposed changes is available at wildlife.IN.gov/2362.htm.

Indianapolis, Eagle Creek deer killing taints park Indiana, December 5, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... I find it ironic that Indianapolis has no money to care for the poor creatures at Animal Control, yet it can afford to pay thousands for the “service” of throwing down corn and blasting away the unsuspecting, half-tame deer that come to feed at Eagle Creek Park...

Indianapolis, Council passes ordinance in wake of city park deer hunt December 4, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... Although a weekend cull that killed 142 deer at Eagle Creek Park is over, the political fight over future hunts in city parks lives on.  On Monday night, the City-County Council voted 19-9 for an ordinance that would make it much more difficult for the mayor’s office and parks officials to unilaterally allow hunting deer on city property...

Bloomington, Deer debate could continue tonight December 3, 2014 Indiana, hoosiertimes.com
... an abbreviated list of the questions that were emailed Monday: ... When was a long-term management plan discussed publicly? Why isn’t it city policy? What are the plans for year 2 in terms of a deer kill? Why have concerns about the need for a deer count been suppressed? Why won’t the city convert it’s permit application to one that would allow nonlethal means? ...

Buck opener was tough one December 2, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Gazette
... Antler restriction has reduced the number of bucks getting shot at, and consequently, fewer groups of deer in general getting scared... If a buck is able to survive the first-day onslaught, often he will survive the season and grow another year...

Indianapolis, Over 140 deer culled in Eagle Creek Park deer hunt December 2, 2014 Indiana, WTHR Indian's News Leader 
... Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation says 142 deer were killed last weekend as part of its deer management program... A second reduction is planned for a later date, as yet to be announced. ...

Indianapolis, Judge rules against suit to stop Eagle Creek deer hunt November 27, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... teams of disabled combat veterans will head to Eagle Creek Park beginning Friday to shoot dozens of deer...  His lawsuit also contends that the city hasn't adequately proved there is such an overpopulation of deer that a hunt is needed... Nighttime culls will be conducted later by U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters. Those dates haven't been set... 
     Judge allows Indianapolis park deer hunt November 26, 2014 Indiana, San Francisco Chronicle
... The city of Indianapolis can proceed with its plan to allow deer hunting for the first time ever in a municipal park, a judge ruled Wednesday.  Marion Superior Court Judge Robert Altice denied a temporary injunction ...

Bloomington, Signs Indicate Griffy Closed For Deer Kill Preparations November 21, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... White Buffalo will kill up to 100 deer in the preserve between Nov. 15 and Feb. 28  in a controversial effort to protect the biodiversity in the park... A pamphet from the city explaining this action is available here.

Indianapolis, Find out when they'll be killing deer at Eagle Creek November 21, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... On Friday Nov. 28 through Sunday Nov. 30., city officials say they will close the city’s largest park for the first phase of their deer-reduction plans. The hunts are being conducted by A &T Wildlife Management ...

Wayward deer dies inside Hammond Wal-Mart November 21, 2014 Indiana, NWI 
... The officer tased the deer in an effort to get it under control. On the second round, the deer fell to the ground... 

Indianapolis, Hearing set on Eagle Creek deer hunt injunction bid November 19, 2014 Indiana, The Indiana Lawyer
... A request for a preliminary injunction to stop a planned deer hunt at Indianapolis’ Eagle Creek Park will get a hearing just days ahead of the scheduled hunt... Park patron Wayne Larry Peavler sued the city and asked for an injunction to halt the hunt...

Indy Parks has set aside Thanksgiving weekend for its first ever deer hunt at Eagle Creek Park. - November 19, 2014



Hunters Arrested For Baiting Deer November 17, 2014 Indiana, WAMW
...  Baiting for deer is illegal in Indiana.      A Conservation officer had observed, the two men spreading what appeared to be types of grain throughout a field near Princeton...

Reduced deer herd greets hunters Saturday November 14, 2014 Indiana, Pal-item.com
... The herd is recovering from the 2012 outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EPH) ... Historically, deer herds tend to rebound quickly from outbreaks of hemorrhagic disease, but that hasn’t been the case in northern Indiana ...

... “It’s come to my attention that there is a section in this permit application called long term management plan, and it seems to authorize up to ten years of deer killing. It sets deer killing as the default position based on how many plants grow and don’t grow, and it also seeks the possibility of on going public archery hunts to maintain deer population. This begs a lot of significant questions. Were you aware of this stated ten year plan? Who reviewed and authorized this? ...
     City council members respond to deer protection group November 14, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Daily Student
... Bloomington City Council, David Rollo ...  said sterilization is not an option because deer are able to move in and out of the nature preserve.  “There are no examples of immunocontraception or sterilization working in an open system,” ... Ruff said years of research have been done and that the matter has been decided. [This statement is factually incorrect]
   More Than 30 Protest Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Deer Hunt November 13, 2014 Indiana, WBIW.com
... More than 30 advocates protested in the cold Wednesday night against the impending deer kill in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve... President of White Buffalo Tony DeNicola says his team has already conducted three site visits at Griffy to survey the topography of the land and determine areas to set up bait stations ...
      Deer Advocates Protest As Deer Kill Draws Near November 13, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media 
... Sandy Shapshay and Maria Heslin also spoke, citing documents they’ve obtained that they say call into question both the validity of the science used to justify the deer kill as well as the expected duration of the deer kill...

...  the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said since the beginning of this year's hunting season, there have been at least nine hunter-related accidents in Indiana. And eight of them are hunter stand accidents...

Indianapolis, Stray-bullet worries among fears over Eagle Creek Park deer hunt November 11, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... Her master bedroom overlooks Eagle Creek Reservoir, and she's concerned that a stray bullet could roar across the lake from the park to hit her, one of her family members or her pets.  So she was pleased Monday when a fellow park enthusiast filed a lawsuit seeking to block the city's plans to open the park to a series of deer hunts ...
    Indianapolis, Lawsuit filed to fight Eagle Creek deer hunts November 11, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
...  plaintiff Wayne Larry Peavler filed a lawsuit against the Consolidated City of Indianapolis in Marion Superior Court ... The city ... plans to hire a Purdue University-based federal wildlife management team to kill deer for a few nights ...
     Lawsuit filed to halt Eagle Creek deer kill November 10, 2014 Indiana, Fox 59 History
... the attorney who filed the suit... drew it up on behalf of a longtime park user. He disputes the reasoning that the deer are harming the ecosystem and points to the fact that there’s never been an exact count of the deer... claims firing a gun in a city park needs city-county council approval and public notice...

Law firm to fight unlimited deer kill in Eagle Creek Park - November 11, 2014



Coyotes adjust to landscape, including urban areas November 10, 2014 Indiana, Greene County Daily World
... Coyotes are a native species once limited to the prairie regions of western Indiana. Reports of coyotes in Indiana began to increase in the 1970s...  Their natural diet includes berries, birds, vegetation, rabbits, deer fawns, and animal remains, but they mostly eat small mammals such as mice, moles, and voles...

Deer numbers down, but productive season expected November 5, 2014 Indiana, Terre Haute Tribune Star
... “We recognize these declines and have been responsive in our management by reducing our antlerless quotas in many areas and dropping some counties from the special late antlerless season... Hunters in the north are likely to see deer numbers at lower levels ...

... Information on 2015 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer by clicking here. The application deadline is usually the end of August.  A report on the 2013 reductions can be found by clicking here.

Bloomington, Plans Set For Griffy Lake Deer Kill November 3, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... Starting November 15 through February 28, White Buffalo will bait areas in the park with corn and kill up to 100 deer...  sharpshooters ... set up bait stations... [no deer count has been done, so there will no way to determine the effectiveness of this program] ...

Bloomington, Humane Society’s Deer Report Discussed At Council Meeting October 30, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media 
... The report found that non-lethal deer fertility control methods, such as immunocontraception and surgical sterilization, would be feasible in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. It also said that the Humane Society would be willing to partner with the city ... 

Deer alliance started October 28, 2014 Indiana, Journal Review
... A new group has been formed called the National Deer Alliance ... Indiana and other states have shrinking numbers of deer hunters and in some areas, fewer deer. It’s a similar problem in other areas and not only for whitetails, but mule deer and other species not found here... 

... white-tailed deer were nearing extinction in Indiana. To help combat this, in 1934, the Division of Fish and Game began to restock the population. The initial way they did this was by trapping 400 deer in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Once trapped, these deer were transported to state and federal properties ...

General Assembly should bag canned hunting October 15, 2014 Indiana, South Bend Tribune
... We’ve long opposed fenced hunting preserves for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they raise the threat of spreading chronic wasting disease and tuberculosis to other deer in the state. Some operations even have specially bred deer — such as those with massive genetically-altered racks ...

Danger of lead bullet fragmentation October 15, 2014 Indiana, Greensburg Daily News
... Fragmenting by lead bullets has been a hot topic in recent years following research out of North Dakota and Minnesota which found lead bullet fragments in deer meat at food pantries. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a follow up study confirming a link between lead levels and wild game consumption. Lead is a toxic substance, and exposure may pose health risks to hunters and their families ...

Rural roads are danger zone for deer October 13, 2014 Indiana, WTHITV 10
... Rural roads should be an area of concern for drivers.  Extra vegetation on either side allows for the risk of a deer jumping out at any time...  typically if there is one deer, there are more with it...

Deer found poached in Potato Creek State Park October 13, 2014 Indiana, WISH-TV
... the deer was shot sometime between Sunday night and 10 Monday ... deer’s head was removed leaving the body behind... call 1-800-TIP-IDNR

... [deer] were extirpated in Indiana by 1900 with the last deer reported in Knox County in 1893, and no deer were present from 1893-1934 ...  According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, deer are creatures of habit and generally roam a range of one to two square miles. Controlled hunting seasons ensure the health of the deer population and provide recreational hunting to nearly 200,000 Hoosiers each year...

Will state face another high-fence deer hunting debate? October 7, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... In an 8-3 vote, the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources recommended the state legislature in 2015 pass a law that would legalize and set standards for high-fence hunting preserves...
     Lawmakers seek new rules for fenced-in hunting October 7, 2014 Indiana, WRA
... Efforts to allow the practice have narrowly died in recent meetings of the General Assembly.  Wildlife officials have expressed concern that the operations can spread chronic wasting disease to the state's wild deer...

... The committee recommended that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) develop guidelines for deer hunting preserves, as well as a recommendation to the 2015 General Assembly to introduce legislation regulating hunting preserves in Indiana.  One of the issues discussed was the concern of chronic wasting disease (CWD) and its effects on the deer population. CWD is a transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk that produces small lesions in the brains of infected animals... 

Indiana Deer Hunting Forecast 2014 October, 2014 Game and Fish
... Drive just about anywhere in farm country and you will see woodlots, fence lines, and other marginal ground being cleared as corn and soybean prices escalate. That is drastically altering valuable deer habitat and travel routes, and in most cases, it’s for the worst... The deer herd in south-central Indiana seems to be thriving ... The deer in the south have a stronger capacity to recover and rebound faster than herds in the north ...

Valparaiso, Deer culls considered on Porter County park land October 6, 2014 Indiana, Post-Tribune
... The Porter County Board of Parks and Recreation is receptive to looking into a deer cull next year on some of its property... A deer cull in Ogden Dunes in recent years generated a tremendous amount of controversy, but Lenckos said any hunting on park land would be done with bow ...

Massive disease outbreak hits Iowa deer farm October 2, 2014 Indiana, USA TODAY
... The news comes as Indiana lawmakers are poised next week to issue recommendations on how best to regulate the state's deer-breeding operations and whether to ban deer imports.  At a hearing in August in Indiana, deer breeders and their sympathetic veterinarians repeatedly downplayed the risk of CWD ...

Bloomington, Deer Advocates Propose Ban On Bow Hunting In City Limits October 2, 2014 Indiana,  Indiana Public Media
    The group BANIDS has proposed an ordinance that would ban bow hunting within the city limits and place a two year delay on the deer sharpshoot at Griffy Lake... they’re currently in talks with city council members in hopes of moving it forward...

Warsaw, Deer reduction hunt going on now in Warsaw September 29, 2014 Indiana, WSBT-TV
... now until January some bow hunters are able to shoot and kill the animals within city limits... Close to 40 bow hunters signed up to take part ... 357 deer have been killed in the nine years ...

Minimal changes as deer hunting season begins September 28, 2014 Indiana, Post-Tribune
... “I would expect similar harvest numbers as last year, with a continued growth in crossbow harvest, though I would still expect total crossbow harvest to be much smaller than archery harvest...

Indianapolis, Indy parks board OKs deer hunting at Eagle Creek Park September 27, 2014 Indiana, Jconline.com
... In a unanimous vote, the board approved a proposal for an organization that takes disabled veterans in what’s known as a “wounded warrior” hunt to kill some deer. It would require the park to be closed to non-hunters on those days.  The city also plans to hire a Purdue University-based federal wildlife management team to kill deer for a few nights ...[Read the Indiana Star's report on the Trophy Industry]

Indianapolis, Indy parks board OKs deer hunting at Eagle Creek Park September 25, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... The Indianapolis Board of Parks and Recreation approved a plan Thursday to allow the first-ever deer cull in Eagle Creek Park.  In a unanimous vote, the board approved a $61,000 proposal ...  plans to hire a Purdue University-based federal wildlife management team to kill deer for a few nights when the park is closed. Typically, sharpshooters use night-vision scopes and silenced firearms... [targeting 15 to 20 deer per square mile, although the deer density is not know, U.S. Forest service says 15 to 28 is optimal, with forest regeneration occurring at higher deer densities]

Last April the Bloomington City Council voted to hire a sharpshooting firm to kill up to 100 deer in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. But, as Alex Dierckman reports, experts from the Humane Society say non-lethal methods to reduce the deer population may be a viable alternative. - September 12, 2014


For the first time, hunters could be harvesting deer in Eagle Creek Park. But not everyone is on board with the plan. - September 12, 2014



Indianapolis, Officials propose hunts at Eagle Creek Park September 10, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... Deer could be in hunters' cross hairs for the first time at Eagle Creek Park as early as November, should a plan put forth by Indianapolis park officials be approved.  Scott Manning, spokesman for the city's Office of Sustainability, said officials are recommending the parks board approve a plan that would allow disabled war veterans to hunt deer inside the park ...

Bloomington, Non-Lethal Alternatives to Deer Kill Discussed at Forum September 9, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media 
... More than 50 people attended a public forum Tuesday night to hear two experts from the Humane Society discuss nonviolent ways of reducing the deer population in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve... Bloomington Advocates for Nonviolent Innovative Deer Stewardship President Sandy Shapshay said the forum, which was co-sponsored by her group and the Humane Society, was meant to inform people about alternatives to the city’s impending deer kill.

Bloomington, Humane Society Explores Alternative To Bloomington Deer Kill September 9, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media 
... Many members of the community felt that the city’s Deer Task Force didn’t adequately explore non-lethal methods of culling the deer population before making the recommendation for the deer kill, including councilmember Granger...  a Public Forum Tuesday ...

Bloomington, Meeting To Discuss Non-Lethal Ways To Manage Deer Population September 8, 2014 Indiana,  WBIW
... A public forum has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m.... in the Hanson Room of the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center... 

Deadly Deer Disease Raising Concerns About Hunting Preserves August 22, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... Deer farmers have been battling the Department of Natural Resources in court and at the statehouse for eight years over an attempt to ban enclosed deer-hunting areas... At the center of the controversy is a deadly disease that’s spreading rapidly in neighboring states called Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD...

... Indiana has not had a confirmed case of CWD, but has had deer transferred to farms from out of state where confirmed cases had been recorded. Several states in the Midwest, including Wisconsin and Missouri, have had deer test positive for CWD... 

... Federal agricultural officials say they will not restrict the interstate shipment of captive deer — despite disease concerns raised by scientists and six members of Congress...So far, 21 states have issued such bans, fearing the spread of the always-fatal deer ailment, chronic wasting disease...  CWD spreads slowly in the wild, but if "we put it in a truck, we can move disease at 65, 70 mph across the landscape." ...

Panel studies whether to regulate deer preserves August 19, 2014 Indiana, RTV 6 ABC
... The Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources ... The 14-member panel was studying CWD and the risk of the disease spreading into Indiana from importing deer for use in high-fenced shooting preserves.  There are four hunting preserves in the state... 

Lawmakers Question Whether Deer Preserves Should Be Allowed August 19, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media 
... Groups such as the Quality Deer Management Association, the Indiana Wildlife Federation and the Indiana Deer Hunters Association want the high-fenced deer hunting industry outlawed, particularly asking for a ban on the import of captive deer from other states.  They say captive deer hunting puts Indiana at greater risk of exposure to chronic wasting disease ...

... Officials at Indiana's Department of Natural Resources have asked four out-of-state wildlife disease experts to testify before the 14-member Agriculture and Natural Resources Interim Study Committee.  One of the experts is among the foremost federal authorities on chronic wasting disease, an infectious brain disease that's always fatal to deer and that's been found in 22 states...

... someone shot the fawn last Saturday afternoon in Marshall County in the 15000-block of Fir Road just north of 15-B road.  They're looking for the driver of a small yellow hatchback compact car, similar to a Ford Focus or Dodge Caliber ... tip line at 1-800-TIP-IDNR. You may remain anonymous...

Summer study session set on captive deer August 1, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... The 14-member Agriculture and Natural Resources Interim Study Committee will meet Aug. 19 to discuss and hear testimony about the contentious issues surrounding the captive deer industry... Of particular concern is chronic wasting disease ... 

Indianapolis, Officials consider deer hunting in Eagle Creek Park July 21, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... While state parks routinely cull deer, including Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence, animal lovers opposed hunting when the Eagle Creek deer problem was last discussed in 2012...City staffers say they're not ready to take aim at a single solution. They're mulling options that could include hiring sharpshooters or using contraception...

Blame the 'hunters' in the captive deer controversy July 18, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
...  interstate movement of these farmed deer, and with interstate movement, there is a chance that deer with CWD could spread the disease to other states... They want state agriculture departments to oversee their industry. Can you say less oversight? ...

Missouri veto resonates through captive deer hunting industry July 14, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... Nixon vetoed legislation that would have transferred oversight of the state's deer breeders from wildlife officials to Missouri's agriculture department... Many state wildlife agencies are concerned about the risk of spreading disease, especially the always fatal deer ailment known as chronic wasting disease ... Those risks were ­uncovered this spring in an Indianapolis Star investigation ...

Adjusting for smaller deer herd July 13, 2014 Indiana, South Bend Tribune 
... First, the EHD virus that hit the past couple of years has put a major dent in Michiana deer populations. Secondly, Indiana’s aggressive deer reduction plan has worked ... “Historically in the south, the herd rebounds pretty quick after a bout with EHD, but that hasn’t happened in the north ... The northern part of the state, with its hunter density and habitat differences, is showing it takes longer.” ...

Does coyote urine scare deer? July 11, 2014 Indiana, Hunting Indiana ProBoards
... Nope! I put a small pile of grain in front of my camera and a coyote decided to pee on it.  15 minutes later a doe was eating the grain....

Hunting and Forest Regeneration in State Parks July 7, 2014 Indiana, Purdue Agriculture News
...a Purdue Study ...  a 17-year-long Indiana Department of Natural Resources policy of organizing hunts in state parks ... Herbs such as asters, violets and goldenrods increased from about 20 percent to 32 percent cover, and percent cover of grasses rose from 1 to 3 percent. Tree seedlings jumped from about 2 percent to about 13 percent of total plant cover ... research article ... 

Bonus antlerless deer county quotas are set June 30, 2014 Indiana, The Huntington County TAB
... quotas being reduced in 19 counties and increased in four...  63 counties will be included in the 2014 late antlerless season, six fewer than in 2013... "We made an effort in 2012 to begin reducing the deer herd, and that appears to be working," ...

... IWF also adopted a second policy resolution, this one intensifying its long-standing opposition to the shooting of deer in fenced enclosures:  It calls on the state to prohibit the importation and exportation of live deer (cervids) and their carcasses, reproductive materials, and unboned meat...  urges the state to require captive deer operations to erect double eight-foot fences to prevent the escape of diseased animals...

Antlerless quotas reduced in 19 counties June 27, 2014 Indiana, Greensburg Daily News ·
... If a county’s bonus antlerless quota is changed, the new quota usually is left in place for a couple of years to evaluate impact.  “If you change it year to year, you don’t have a good feel for the impact of those recommendations,”  Map

...  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has shortened deer hunting season in Howard, Miami and Cass counties due to a declining deer population...  determining antlerless quotas is based on a variety of factors like crop damage reports, deer-vehicle collisions and landowner and hunter surveys measuring individual satisfaction level with deer numbers in their county...

Indianapolis, DNR has urban deer hunting plan June 19, 2014 Indiana, South Bend Tribune 
...  the Urban Deer Hunting Access Program... allows approved Indiana communities or public entities to open public land for access by licensed deer hunters. ... Garry Harrington, director of the Rum Village Nature Center in South Bend, said that while South Bend is home to some deer, it does not experience an overabundance...

Mother Goose chases off deer at Raccoon Lake in Parke County, Indiana June 19, 2014



Indiana case inspires laws over captive hunts June 19, 2014 Lewistown Sentinel 
... As chronic wasting disease continues to spread - helped along by the captive-deer industry's brisk interstate trade - deer breeders argue that the current rules are more than adequate... Since 2011, lawmakers in at least 14 states have introduced legislation that would loosen regulations ...  a white-tailed deer with majestic antlers was dying of pneumonia, so sickly that a ranch hand had to poke it with a sharp stick to get it to stand...

Lawmakers take aim at trophy deer trade June 10, 2014 Indiana, USA Today 
... Six members of Congress are urging federal agricultural officials to ban the interstate movement of captive deer, saying a national industry that breeds bucks to be shot as trophies in "canned" hunts isn't worth the disease risks...  the 10,000 deer and elk farmers in the U.S. are shipping an unprecedented number of deer and elk across state lines ...

New Program Aimed At Urban Deer Conflicts June 8, 2014 Indiana, WBIW.com
... The Urban Deer Hunting Access Program was designed to assist communities experiencing problems with overabundant deer to manage those deer through hunting..."Hunting is a highly favored form of management for deer by hunters and many non-hunters alike," said DNR deer biologist Chad Stewart. ... 

Canned hunting among Indiana summer study issues June 2, 2014 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
... The DNR tried to shut down canned hunting in 2005, but that effort remained in limbo until last year, when a judge in Harrison County ruled against the DNR, though an Owen County judge previously had ruled in favor of the agency.  In an effort to resolve the matter, the attorney general's appeal of the Harrison County ruling argues that denying DNR oversight on a wildlife-related issue creates “a regulation-free environment ...

Bloomington, Parks Board Unanimously Approves Deer Sharpshoot Plan May 27, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media 
... The $31,000 contract will allow Connecticut-based company White Buffalo to kill the deer over a nine-day period sometime between November 15 and February 28... to kill up to 100 deer in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve ...

Captive deer hunting needs to go away May 10, 2014 Indiana, Goshen News 
... the animals are killed by hunters — we use the term loosely — who pay top-dollar for a prized trophy. Indiana has four such preserves, and they’re currently not regulated by wildlife officials. A bill that would have established regulatory guidelines for preserves was defeated this year in the state Senate...

Bloomington, Plans for deer cull moving forward May 4, 2014 Indiana, Herald Times
... The next step, according to Mick Renneisen, director of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, is happening now, with potential sharpshooters talking to the city parks officials about their proposals. Then, on May 27, the city parks board will meet, and Renneisen is hoping he can recommend a specific firm for the deer cull at that time...

Lawmakers seek review of captive deer industry May 3, 2014 Indiana, San Francisco Gate
 Two Indiana lawmakers are calling for a study of Indiana's high-fence hunting operations and the disease risks ... Indiana lawmakers have spent more than a decade trying to reach agreement on legislation about high-fenced hunting preserves, with no success...

... The leader of Indiana's Senate said he's willing to consider closing the state's borders to live-deer imports in the wake of an Indianapolis Star investigation that uncovered a link between the trophy deer-breeding industry and the spread of disease... ethical concerns associated with North America's $1 billion captive-deer industry ...

... For the first time in at least 13 years, the Bloomington City Council overturned a mayoral veto Wednesday night. The council voted 7-2 to override Kruzan’s veto on an ordinance that adds an exception to city code to allow for sharpshooting deer at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve...

Bloomington mayor vetoes deer hunt plan April 18, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... Mayor Mark Kruzan says he can’t support the proposal and that he also opposed the start of deer hunts in Indiana’s state parks while he was a state legislator ... A letter to Mayor Kruzan from the Center For Wildlife Ethics [PDF]

Kruzan vetoes sharpshooting deer April 17, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Daily Student
... “I simply see the problem created by the killing of animals as outweighing the problem being caused to plants.” ...

... in January 2005, a jury in a federal courtroom heard tales from a now-notorious Indiana hunting preserve of deer being drugged and even a sick deer propped up in a 1-acre pen so a hunter could shoot a $15,000 trophy. ... Bellar ended up spending nine months in a federal prison ...

Bloomington City Council Votes To Allow Deer Sharpshooting April 10, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Public Media 
... will apply only to sharpshooters contracted by the city of Bloomington to restore ecological balance by eliminating part of the deer population...

Bloomington, Council nears vote on deer, discourse at meeting April 10, 2014 Indiana, Indiana Daily Student 
... “When you actually read Dr. Shelton’s article, you see that, actually, the scientific findings in that study do not corroborate Mr. Rollo’s claim that there is an ecological catastrophe in Griffy that is so urgent we don’t have time to explore these nonlethal measures,” ... Sandra Shapshay, assistant professor

... The Bloomington City Council approved amending city code to allow sharpshooters to thin the deer population at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve by a 6-2-1 vote... The no votes came from council members Dorothy Granger and Steve Volan. Tim Mayer abstained. Voting yes were Dave Rollo, Andy Ruff, Darryl Neher, Chris Sturbaum, Marty Spechler and Susan Sandberg.

Bloomington, Public reaction split on proposal to kill deer; council favors plan  April 3, 2014 Indiana, Herald Times 
... The council was considering an ordinance that would allow professional sharpshooting at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve to reduce the deer population. It would amend city code to add another exception to allow the discharge of a firearm within city limits...

Search for source of deadly disease often leads to deer farms March 31, 2014 Indiana, Zanesville Times Recorder
... In April 2012, a tree fell on a fence in Southern Indiana and 20 white-tailed deer bounded through ... One of the deer in the pen had been shipped from a Pennsylvania herd where two deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... That buck ... has never been found ...

Team studying differences among Indiana deer March 31, 2013 Indiana, Washington Times
... “Deer in town appear to stay in town, and the deer out of town seem to stay out of town,” said Tim Carter, associate professor at Ball State University and the researcher leading the three-year deer study of fawns in the area... urban deer were more likely to be killed by vehicles, while rural deer were more likely to be killed by coyotes...

Study: Some deer farmers put ethics on line for profit March 30, 2014 Indiana, USA Today 
... a caricature of a deer, this dainty white-tailed buck whose neck slumps under the weight of the gnarled antlers sprawling from its head... In less than 40 years, a relatively small group of farmers has created something the world has never seen before — a billion-dollar industry primarily devoted to breeding deer trucked to fenced hunting preserves to be shot by patrons willing to pay thousands for the trophies...

A troubling industry is born March 28, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
...  There was so much demand for his deer that he stopped releasing them into the wild about 1980. At first, he said, his neighbors wanted them as pets... "They were people that loved deer and just wanted to have a few deer around."  But they also took pride in breeding deer with big antlers... Miller received $7,500 for Patrick in 1987, when he was shipped to Texas... 

Trophy deer industry linked to disease, costs taxpayers millions March 28, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
...  X-Factor, an Indiana deer that in his prime was worth an estimated $1 million.  His value as a stud comes not from research and not from the quality of his venison. Instead, his value is in those freakish antlers, the product of more than three decades of selective breeding... CWD's spread roughly coincides with the captive-deer industry's growth ...

What can happen if preserve owners make the rules March 28, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star ·
... a white-tailed deer with majestic antlers was dying of pneumonia, so sickly that a ranch hand had to poke it with a sharp stick to get it to stand. On wobbly legs, it toppled over in a snowy thicket. In the next video clip, it appeared to be propped into a standing position, a branch through its antlers.  A few yards away, a camouflaged hunter crouched in the snow, his rifle at the ready. A cameraman stood behind him filming the action, all part of a service for which the hunter paid $15,000...

Is the rack worth the risk? March 28, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
 ...  In April 2012, a tree fell on a fence in Southern Indiana and 20 white-tailed deer bounded through the gap, their tails raised like stark white flags.  One of the deer in the pen had been shipped from a Pennsylvania herd where two deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease, a neurological disorder that's always fatal to deer and elk and has been found in 22 states — but never in Indiana...

Indiana data: The deer population has been trending down in the past few years.  The DNR has reduced the number of antlerless permits in 2014 to moderate the trend.  In 2011 the Department of Natural Resources estimated anywhere from 500,000 to 1,000,000 deer in the state, no formal population estimate, when the state announced it planned to reduce the population by 25 percent. The population declined particularly in 2012, but also in 2013, as a result of outbreaks of EHD, a viral disease. Deer populations in the south rebounded somewhat, but populations in the north have been slower to recover.  A record antlerless harvest in 2012 was designed to reduce the population. A hard winter in 2013-14 also drove the population lower.
     Deer were hunted to extinction in Indiana by the early 1900's.  In 1934 a restocking effort, trapping and transporting 400 deer from other states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and North Carolina. In 1951, Indiana opened selected areas to regulated hunting.  Read the Indiana Star's report on the Trophy Industry

Report poachers at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.  More information on the IDNR website.
Other useful links: 
-  Automated Reporting Information Exchange System, has information on deer-vehicle collisions.
- BANDIS, deer management in Bloomington, Indiana. On Facebook

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