Indiana Deer News


Is baiting animals ethical? August 24, 2015 Indiana, Hampton County Guardian
... I grew up understanding that using bait to lure in a big buck is not hunting, it is killing... baiting creates an unnatural situation which would not generally occur in the wild...

Man Arrested After Killing Deer Out Of Season August 13, 2015 Indiana, WBIW 
... Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a Tennyson man on charges of illegally taking of a white- tailed deer when hunting season was closed, hunting by the aid of a motor driven conveyance and shooting from a public roadway...

Court Decision Renews Fenced Hunting Debate August 3, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Public Media 
... A June decision from the Indiana Supreme Court struck down a 2005 ban from the Department of Natural Resources. Now, the industry is virtually unregulated... Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Goshen, says ...  “Anybody, frankly, could go out and put a hunting preserve on three acres of land ...

Group starts self-policing program for confined hunting August 2, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... The Indiana Deer Advisory Council said its validation program will be similar to the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program. The group will issue annual hunting validations to owners who apply and prove program requirements have been fulfilled...

Deer hunt group eyes standards July 28, 2015 Indiana, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
... A trade group has launched a voluntary program to validate captive hunting preserves in the state.  The Indiana Deer and Elk Farmers Association is behind the move to a self-policing program called the Indiana Deer Advisory Council...

Summer deer worth watching July 23, 2015 Indiana, KPC News
... A trail camera pointed at the water’s edge where deer come to drink will reveal them wading out into the water nearly every day in the summer. A camera set on film mode will reveal them just standing in deep water for several minutes in the hot and buggy summer months...

Fort Wayne, City declares wild animal restrictions still in force July 3, 2015 Indiana, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
...  Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is warning residents that city rules prohibit possession of wildlife following a move by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to abandon regulating such animals...

Bloomington, Indiana researchers continue deer study June 13, 2015 Daily News
... researchers are hoping to collar male fawns so they can track them ... "... we’re having trouble finding bucks in town,” said Jonathan Trudeau, one of the graduate students ... 

Indiana Supreme Court Affirms High-Fenced Hunting Is Legal June 5, 2015 Indiana Public Media
... The Indiana Supreme Court Friday declined to hear the state’s appeal in the case, affirming a Court of Appeals ruling that essentially legalizes high-fenced hunting...

Bloomington, Ball State University researchers continue deer study June 3, 2015 Indiana, Tribune-Star 
...  researchers are hoping to collar male fawns so they can track them in future years as they grow ...  researchers hope the study will allow them to discover where those ranges are for deer living in urban and rural areas ...

NRC adopts fees, drops high-powered rifle and sunfish proposals May 29, 2015 Indiana, Rushville Republican
... In a hail of criticism including avid hunters, the Natural Resource Commission dropped the proposal to include high-powered rifles as approved weapons for taking white-tail deer. However, the fee increase proposal was given the green light ...

Bloomington, Canceled deer cull cost city $3,530, killed no deer May 27, 2015 Indiana, Herald Times
... Bait corn, site security, signage and consultation services all contributed to an expensive hunting trip that ended without a trophy...  final tally of the canceled 2014 Griffy Lake Nature Preserve deer cull program to the city parks board. It cost $3,529.98 to close the park, stock bait sites with corn, secure those sites and use the services of White Buffalo Inc. in evaluating a potential cull...

DNR gives final approval to package of rule changes May 21, 2015 Indiana, The Herald Bulletin
...  proposals that were removed from the fish and wildlife package would have expanded the use of high-powered rifles for deer hunting ...  and raising the bag limit in Reduction Zones to 10 deer, of which only one can be antlered ...

DNR backpeddles as deer population dwindles May 20, 2015 Indiana, KPC News 
...  the DNR continually defends the downward spiral of deer herd with the notion that they planned to mismanage the deer herd for quite some time... The herd reduction plan was, and has always been about exploiting the deer population for revenue in the form of license sales...

DNR doesn't back high-powered rifles for deer hunting May 11, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... Wildlife officials at the Department of Natural Resources are recommending against the proposal, saying the deep rift it caused among hunters has proven too contentious ...

Deer harvest continues to decline May 10, 2015 Indiana, South Bend Tribune
...  The recently released 2014 harvest statistics show another 4.4 percent drop in last season’s deer kill...  down nearly 12 percent over the past two years... the DNR reassures deer hunters that the decline in deer harvest was by design...

State trooper saves baby deer in Putnam County May 9, 2015 Indiana, WRTV Indianapolis
... calls from various motorists along Interstate 70 reporting a “baby deer” in the median east of Cloverdale...  the deer was transferred into the custody of Melinda Poole of nearby Waynetown, IN. Poole holds all necessary permits and is authorized by the Indiana DNR to rehabilitate various wildlife...

Bloomington, Deer Kill Debate Influences Bloomington City Council Race May 5, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... Bloomington Democrats attributed the tight race to Rollo’s stance on controlling the city’s deer population... “What I was hearing knocking on doors and canvassing was that there has been some solution at Griffy ... said Philippa Guthrie ...

... The best way to make sure an animal is truly orphaned is to leave it be, except to check it periodically. If you are still unsure if it’s been abandoned, place some strings or sticks across the nest. Place grass across a rabbit nest that has young in it. If such items are later disturbed, the mother has probably returned, and you should leave the young animal alone...

DNR releases 2014 deer harvest figures April 29, 2015 Indiana, Wane
... Indiana hunters harvested 120,073 deer in the 2014 season ... The 2014 total was a 4.4 percent drop from 2013 and an 11.9 percent drop from the all-time record harvest of 136,248 deer in 2012... 

Smaller DNR Deer Harvest May Not Affect Griffy Lake Deer April 29, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... Bloomington Parks Department Director Mick Renneisen says the DNR’s decreased harvest won’t affect whether Bloomington decides to attempt another deer cull at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve...

Captive Deer 'Hunting' Gunned Down Once Again April 23, 2015 Indiana, Deer & Deer Hunting
... “This is the bill that everybody loves to hate,” said Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate. “I’m beginning to hate it myself.” ...

Bloomington, Q&A With Bloomington Mayoral Candidate Darryl Neher April 21, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... I support only the use of non-lethal measures within the urban environment of Bloomington. Specifically, the Deer Task Force Report proposed non-lethal approaches (including fence height, feeding ban, etc.) that should be considered by City Council. Additionally, Ball State researchers are collecting data concerning urban deer migration that will help guide future policy decisions ... 

Bloomington, Q&A With Bloomington Mayoral Candidate John Linnemeier April 20, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... When I asked the people at White Buffalo how they were able to overcome the objections of their state Department of Natural Resources, they replied that it was allowed since it was part of a “scientific experiment” of the effects of ovariectomies on urban deer populations. The question is why can’t we get Indiana University, Ball State University or Purdue University to run a similar “experiment ...

Buck Fever: Dead bill didn’t kill captive-deer debate April 20, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... Indiana is no closer to a solution to the controversy created by its captive-deer industry...  legislative leaders who thought they had crafted a workable compromise were exasperated even before their bill failed Tuesday for the second year ...

Voters will get their say on hunting April 17, 2015 Indiana, Goshen News
... Sen. Sue Glick of LaGrange introduced a bill that would have regulated and allowed the killing of deer and other antlered animals in enclosed spaces for a fee. Often referred to as “canned hunting” or “high-fence hunting,” this proposal died in the Senate...

Bloomington, Candidate Preview: Bloomington City Council April 16, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Daily Student
... District 4:  Dave Rollo (D): ... chaired the Deer Task Force, the group that allowed the use of lethal force to cull the Bloomington deer population... 

...The Indiana Senate has narrowly voted down a proposal to legalize high-fenced preserves where farm-raised deer are hunted, officially killing any movement on the issue for this session...
     Bill Regulating High-Fenced Deer Hunting Defeated Again April 14, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
... “One of these operations has advertised in the past a 100 percent hit rate.  You come to their facility, you’re guaranteed to come out.  That’s not hunting. That is a slaughter, folks,” Miller said before the Senate vote on the issue...

Bloomington, Candidates dodge Griffy deer cull; Linnemeier proposes urban deer solution April 15, 2015 Indiana, The Bloomington Alternative
... John Linnemeier ... offers a “novel approach” to the issue of urban deer: sedating and sterilizing them... a two-year study by a Joint City of Bloomington-Monroe County Deer Task Force ... deer in residential neighborhoods hadn’t reached the “biological carrying capacity – the number of deer the suburban environment could support,” their populations had reached their “social carrying capacity,” ...

Indiana senator waters down captive-deer hunt bill April 13, 2015 Indianapolis Star
... Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, added amendments to House Bill 1453 that cut out a provision that would have allowed any fenced hunting preserve larger than 160 acres to open.  Instead, the amended bill would allow only the four hunting preserves now operating in Indiana to stay in business...

Fenced hunting of captive deer is simply wrong April 13, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
...  House Bill 1453. It opens the gates to legalize the shooting of captive raised deer inside fenced enclosures. The bill deregulates canned hunting, a practice the majority of Hoosiers strongly oppose... 

Indiana Senate delays high-fence hunting bill April 9, 2015 Indianapolis Star
... The move sets up a possible vote early next week on House Bill 1453, which would allow the four fenced deer-hunting preserves in Indiana to continue to operate, but would also allow new preserves to open...

Honest-to-Goodness – Captive Hunting Rampant in Indiana April 1, 2015 HSUS News 
... Many established hunting organizations, including the Boone & Crockett Club, theQuality Deer Management Association, the Izaak Walton League, and the Pope & Young Club, say there is nothing remotely sportsmanlike about these operations. ... It is well documented that these ranches are also breeding grounds for disease, such as bovine tuberculosis — which can spread to livestock — and chronic wasting disease. CWD is always fatal, incurable, and it infects deer, elk, and other cervids...

Would bill expand 'canned hunting' in Indiana? March 31, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... The amendment to House Bill 1453 says that any Indiana property owner with at least 160 acres can offer hunts for farm-raised deer so long as the property has a hunting area of at least 125 contiguous acres surrounded by a 10-foot-tall fence...

Amended captive-deer bill would prohibit drugged hunts March 31, 2015 Indianapolis Star
... Owners of Indiana's fenced hunting preserves would be forbidden from selling a deer for a hunt within 24 hours of it being sedated, and only animals born and raised on Indiana deer farms could be hunted... changes to House Bill 1453 ...

Amended High-Fenced Deer Hunting Bill Passes Committee March 30, 2015 Indiana Public Media 
... Opponents of the bill say the disease [chronic wasting] is a product of the captive deer industry.  Indiana Wildlife Federation President Steve Cecil also questions the ethics of the preserves...

... There are around 400 deer farms in Indiana, many of which breed whitetail deer to be sold in the interstate trophy hunting trade... HB 1453 ... set licensing standards, hunting seasons and minimum acreage requirements ...

... Senate President Pro Tem David Long says he’s keeping the proposal on hold as House and Senate members work in private on a possible compromise...

Family farm includes deer among its livestock March 15, 2015 Indiana, Star-Press
... During the Blizzard of 1978, Jay and Jerry Scott hiked their way across a snow-blanketed field and together scooped up an adolescent male deer that was hours away from starving  ... A few months after releasing the whitetail, Jay Scott used his high school graduation money to buy two spotted deer ... from a business standpoint, the deer don't add up...  the deer are a chance to share the family legacy with the world that passes by...

Porter County, Hunting for deer considered at some Porter County parks March 7, 2015 Indiana, Chicago Tribune
... Porter County Parks and Recreation Board voted Thursday to move forward with a plan to potentially allow bow hunting of deer in the county's parks to manage the deer population.  Some concerns about safety need to be addressed ...

Zoeller appeals captive-deer case to Supreme Court March 4, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... Indiana's attorney general has appealed to the state's top court a case that removed the authority of wildlife officials to regulate captive-deer hunting... The Senate's top Republican, President Pro Tempore David Long, has likened high-fence hunting to dog fighting and has stopped HB 1453 from moving forward...

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. Some believe the actual goal of the increased number of tags is to increase revenue for the department.  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
     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

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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