Indiana Deer News


Deer with bovine tuberculosis found in Franklin Co. August 17, 2016 Indiana, WLWT 5
... bovine tuberculosis has been found in the wild in Indiana for the first time...  diagnosed in a white-tailed deer in southeastern Indiana's Franklin County ... 

Remember When….No Deer, Bear or Bobcats? August 16, 2016 Indiana, WildIndiana.com
... The first deer I heard of in Madison County was along Pipe Creek near the old Ryan’s swimming pits in 1961... Deer were stocked in most military installations and the hills of Brown County. According to author Larry Lawson, “Our DNR got deer from several sources and there were about seven subspecies...

Help the cause, get a patch August 15, 2016 Indiana, Journal Review
... DNR is conducting testing for bovine tuberculosis (TB) on the wild deer herd in all of Franklin County and in Fayette county south of state road 44... If you participate, you will receive a collectable Deer Cooperator patch and will qualify for an additional free buck tag ...

Bonus antlerless deer quotas August 12, 2016 Indiana, The Rushville Republican
... Bonus antlerless quotas are the primary tool the DNR uses to manage deer populations on a county-by-county basis... Quotas are determined using a variety of factors including, hunter harvest trend data, damage reports, deer-vehicle collisions, landowner and hunter surveys, and recommendations from the DNR deer management biologist ...

... In 2014 and early 2015, the Wounded Warriors and USDA sharpshooters harvested 249 deer ...

DNR Biologists Set To Test For Bovine TB In SEI White-Tailed Deer August 7, 2016 Indiana Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH
... State biologist with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife plan to test for the presence of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in deer in southeast Indiana this hunting season ... in all of Franklin County and in Fayette County south of State Road 44...

... Primary causes of mortality were coyote predation in rural areas and vehicle collisions in urban areas. The overall survival rate for fawns was 0.55 (95% CI = 0.45-0.65). While, survival increased with age, survival of fawns reaching 32 weeks of age decreased from 0.70 (95% CI = 0.55-0.81) in urban areas to 0.44 (95% CI = 0.32-0.57) in rural areas. Survival was strongly correlated with housing density, with the likelihood of reduced predation occurring in more urbanized locations. Additionally, rural home ranges were 73% larger than the most urban home ranges during the first 8 weeks of life, and 50% larger during the first 32 weeks of life. Home range size consistently decreased from rural to urban areas within our study are ...

Area antlerless quotas unchanged July 24, 2016 Indiana, South Bend Tribune
... Several northern Indiana hunters have complained that the herd is shrinking and that too many antlerless deer are being harvested... Bonus antlerless quotas are the primary tool the DNR uses to manage deer populations ... 

Deer hunt planned at Whitewater park July 15, 2016 Indiana, Pal-item.com
... Deer reduction hunts ... for more than 20 years...

DNR ups bonus anterless deer quota in Porter County July 14, 2016 Indiana, Chesterton Tribune
... Quotas have changed for seven counties. Five are lower than last year; two, higher ... Porter County went from four to eight; Perry County, from three to four.
Lower quotas: Daviess County ... Gibson County ... Ohio County ... Posey County ... Tippecanoe County ...

Fencing solution for urban deer management: When deer enter into suburban areas, many find the animals to be a nuisance. We’ll meet gardeners who took the matter into their own hands, and a group of researchers who see the deer as an opportunity. - July 1, 2016 Indiana


New deer biologist and mammologist join IN DNR May 27, 2016 Indiana,The Outdoor Wire
... Joe Caudell, the deer biologist, joins the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife from Murray State University in Kentucky, where he had served as assistant professor of wildlife since 2013... He says his main challenge will be balancing the needs of hunters and people who are experiencing damage from deer...

... Indiana’s DNR’s intent is to manage the deer herd at a constant level. Balancing the desires of hunters, insurance companies, farmers and the general public makes for a tight rope walk for whitetail herd managers. Additionally, Indiana’s move toward quality buck management in the state has made an impact on the trophy aspect for hunters...

Indiana 2015 Deer Season Summary April 29, 2016 Indiana DNR
     A total of 123,664 harvested deer were reported in Indiana during the 2015 season.  This harvest was 3% greater than the 120,073 deer taken during the 2014 season.  The antlered deer harvest of 50,379 was 10% higher than the 45,686 reported in 2014.  The anterless harvest of 73,285 was 1% less than the 74,387 harvested in 2014.  In 2015, the reported harvest for total deer ranks 10th  all-time, while the total anterless deer harvest ranks 100th highest in Indiana history.  Approximately 3.5 million deer have been reported harvested during the past 64 deer hunting seasons in Indiana. Read the full report.

Kane County bow hunting to continue, possibly expand April 29, 2016 Indiana, Chicago Daily Herald
...  Kane County Forest Preserve District ...  52, participated in the bow hunting program this past season than ever before. The program also netted revenues of $3,338 -- also a new high. Hunters harvested 44 deer in the program... Of the harvested deer, one from Big Rock tested positive for chronic wasting disease...

At least 26 Indiana counties had prairie lands April 12, 2016 Indiana, Washington Times Herald
... The Native Americans knew that open areas near the edge of the forests were of great value in providing sites where the deer, bison, elk and other animals that provided them with much of their food lived... our Native Americans ... soon found out that using fire could help keep these open areas free of most trees and shrubs and allow the plants the animals utilized for food to propagate and flourish...

Indiana's deer season sees significant changes April 10, 2016 Indiana, Kokomo Tribune
... Out of 43 states with reportable whitetail deer harvests, Indiana is one of nine that that until this year didn’t allow high-powered rifles... Even Michigan outlaws their use in the southern part of the state because of flat topography... Several weeks back a new law was passed allowing Indiana hunters to use high-powered rifles ...

...  After several public meetings and after reviewing thousands of letters and e-mails, the NRC in conjunction with input from the Department of Natural Resource professionals concluded the adoption of high-powered rifles was not in the better interest of the resource or in the interest of the general public... House Bill 1231 legalizes the use of center fire rifles ...

A look at the recent deer rifle controversy April 5, 2016 Indiana, Journal Review Online
... Mike Pence signed HB1231 which legalized several common high-power rifle cartridges for deer hunting on private land ... The DNR concluded last year after many public meetings that deer rifles weren’t a pressing need for this state. A sizable minority with loud voices did want rifles approved but the Natural Resources Commission decided there was no compelling reason  ...

... allows the following high-powered rifles on private land only statewide, with a limit of no more than 10 cartridges (possessed in the field): .243, .30-30, .300, .30-06, and .308...

Indiana data:  About 730,000 deer in 2015 based on harvest data, 700,000 deer in 2014, 730,000 in 2013, and 780,000 in 2012.  The deer population has been trending down in the past few years, especially in the southwest.  The DNR 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, roughly 750,000 which is used as the base for the current estimate.  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. Does have been 30 to 40 percent of the harvest. Hunting data. Graph of Historic Deer Harvest, Source IDNR, Click to Enlarge
     Deer were hunted to extinction in Indiana by the early 1900's.  The last deer reported was in 1893 in Knox County.  No deer were reported until a 1934 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  Historic Indiana 

Report poachers at 1-800-TIP-IDNR.  More information on the IDNR website.
Other useful links: 
Indiana Whitetail Deer Herd Management  committed to advocating for the health of our deer herd 
-  Automated Reporting Information Exchange System, has information on deer-vehicle collisions.
- BANDIS, deer management in Bloomington, Indiana. On Facebook

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