Indiana Deer News


... 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...

Senate GOP Leader Urges High-Fenced Hunting Preserves Deal March 3, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
...  Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, a former conservation officer and one of the leading voices opposed to the preserves, says his issues lie with the threat of disease.  Many argue the preserves could lead to the spread of chronic wasting disease, which has yet to spring up in Indiana...

Senate leader puts fenced-hunting bill on hold February 25, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Business Journal
... Senate President Pro Tem David Long ... has stopped fenced hunting bills in the past while waiting for the courts to weigh in ...

Captive hunting bill goes to Senate February 18, 2015 Indiana, The Journal Gazette 
... House Bill 1453 originally would have legalized shooting deer bred for antlers behind high fences for anyone who wanted to start a preserve, pay an annual licensing fee and follow modest regulations. ... could continue on a small number of properties ...

About state park deer reduction programs February 17, 2015 Indiana, KPC News
... The 2014 deer reduction hunt marked the 21st anniversary of the program within the Indiana State Parks. There were 4,606 hunters who participated last season across 19 parks, and they harvested a total of 1,004 deer. This is the lowest number harvested since its inception in 1993...

Bloomington, Deer Biologist back in Bloomington February 17, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Daily Student
... Tim Carter ... a biology professor at Ball State UniversityCarter asked the residents of Bloomington for their help in his study.  During the presentation, Carter asked people to call the deer hotline and email his team if they spot deer on their property.
     Bloomington, Ball State Study: Young Deer Less Stressed In Bloomington February 17, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Public Media
 ... tracking the behaviors of Bloomington’s adult deer using computerized collars. This phase is expected to take an additional two years...  if the same deer stay inside city limits (what Rollo calls a “closed system”) the most practical means of population control would involve a non-lethal approach, such as sterilization...

Legislators hold fate of fenced hunting February 17, 2015 Indiana, KPC News
... State Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon, offered a bill outlawing high-fenced deer hunting. He argues that it is not a sport, and it should be banned.  State Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, wrote a bill that legalizes high-fence hunting ... Miller said he’s been told his bill won’t even get a committee hearing, let alone a vote...

Kentucky bans Hoosier captive-deer imports Indiana, February 13, 2015 Indiana, WHAS 11
... Kentucky's state veterinarian this week temporarily closed the state's borders to captive-deer shipments from Indiana, citing concerns about disease-contaminated animals... Kentucky had already banned captive deer imports from Pennsylvania and Ohio due to outbreaks of chronic wasting disease ...

House committee approves captive deer-hunt bill February 9, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... a watered-down version of a bill ... that would grandfather in high-fence hunting ranches that were in business prior to 2015. But the revised bill wouldn’t allow new ones to open.  Under the bill, House Bill 1453, operators of high-fence hunting ranches would have to pay the state an annual $2,000 fee ...
     Panel backs legalizing Indiana's fenced-in hunting preserves February 9, 2015 Chicago Tribune
... Indiana's four current high-fenced deer-hunting preserves would be the only ones allowed in the state ... The House Natural Resources Committee voted 8-4 Monday to legalize the preserves where farm-raised deer are hunted...

... House Bill 1611 would slash by $6 million the DNR's law enforcement budget, enough to pay for about 75 conservation officers, or roughly one-third of their statewide deployment when the department is fully staffed at 214 positions...

2014 State Park Deer Reduction Report Available February 7, 2015 Indiana, WBIW.com
... Volunteer hunter hunters took 1,004 deer during controlled hunts at 18 state parks and one state natural area in November and December of 2014 A full report is available at dnr.IN.gov/parklake/files/sp-DeerRMRR.pdf

Bloomington cancels Griffy Lake deer cull this winter February 6, 2015 Indiana, HeraldTimesOnline
... Bloomington Parks and Recreation, acting on the advice of professional deer herd management contractor White Buffalo, Inc., announced late Friday afternoon it has canceled the deer cull...

Indianapolis, Indiana's 2014 state park deer harvest fell 40 percent February 5, 2015 Indiana, RTV 6 ABC 
... The Department of Natural Resources says hunters took just over 1,000 deer during Indiana's park hunts in mid-November and early December. That's down 43 percent from nearly 1,800 in 2013...

Court: Indiana can't regulate fenced-in hunting February 2, 2015 Indiana, The Courier-Journal
... Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, said the appeals court’s ruling emphasizes the need for the General Assembly to address regulating the preserves.  “There’s nothing in place now, so they’ve been running preserves unregulated since the beginning,”  ...

Court rules against DNR in high-fence hunting fight February 2, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday that state wildlife officers overstepped their authority a decade ago when they tried to ban the controversial practice of high-fence deer hunting.  The three-judge appeals panel ruled 2-1 ... the top Republican [in the state senate], David Long, has likened high-fence hunting to dog fighting...

Some hunter groups opposed fenced-in Indiana deer preserves January 26, 2015 Indiana, The Herald Bulletin
... Opponents — including the Indiana Deer Hunters Association, the Indiana Wildlife Federation, the Hoosier Environmental Council and the state chapter of the Humane Society — called the preserves "canned hunting" and said they increase the risk of spreading the fatal chronic wasting disease to the state's wild deer...

Livestock issue clogs debate over deer hunts January 26, 2015 Indiana, The Journal Gazette 
... “I am the average hunter,” said Jack Corpuz. “The idea of canned hunting is repulsive.”  
Others said the deer cannot escape the fence, which is an affront to ethical hunting...

Deer association being formed in Northwest Indiana November 26, 2015 Indiana, Post-Tribune - Chicago Tribune
... Local deer hunters and conservation-minded people are in the process of creating a Northwest Indiana branch of the Quality Deer Management Association...

Canned Hunting Legislation 2015 January 25, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Wildlife Federation
... The House Natural Resources Committee will hear HB1453  in an attempt to legalize canned hunting in Indiana this Monday, January 26th, 10:30am in Statehouse Room 156-A.  The bill is authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart, House District 57 representing Bartholomew, Hancock, and Shelby counties...

Should Hoosiers have a constitutional right to hunt and fish? January 23, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... On Monday, the state Senate's Natural Resources Committee will hear a resolution authored by Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, that would amend the constitution to forever protect the rights of hunters and anglers... HB 1208 passes ... would set up a lottery system to allow 100 hunters to kill a second buck during deer season...

Bloomington, Advocates accuse council members of suppressing information January 21, 2015 Indiana, Indiana Daily Student
... Sandy Shapshay, president of Bloomington Advocates for Nonviolent and Innovative Deer Stewardship, said documents from a Freedom of Information Act 
request reveals a predetermined outcome to the decision to cull 
the deer.  Shapshay said Dave Rollo, head of the Deer Task Force and president of the Bloomington City Council, had suppressed scientific information in order to go ahead with the deer cull...

Competing bills would ban, legalize fenced deer hunts January 17, 2015 Indiana, Indianapolis Star
... Senate Bill 442 authored by Sen. Pete Miller, R-Avon, would ban high-fence hunting outright. And this week ... partly due to concerns raised in a four-part investigative series published last spring by the Indianapolis Star... Eberhart’s House Bill 1453 would legalize high-fence hunting in Indiana. It would set licensing standards for fenced hunting ranches and place them under the oversight of state agricultural officials ...

Indianapolis, Deer hunts to resume in Eagle Creek Park January 11, 2015 Indiana, Delaware Online
... The deer hunts also stirred a face-off between Indianapolis's Republican mayor and the Democrat-controlled City-County Council. In December, the council the City-County Council voted 19-9 for an ordinance that would have required council approval for hunting deer on city property... Mayor Greg Ballard ... vetoed the ordinance...

... Mattingly, along with wife Tommie, donated two parcels of land southeast of town which total over 30 acres...  “We saved the deer and woods and did a community service. You can’t beat that... 

Indianapolis, Second deer hunt at Eagle Creek Park scheduled for Jan. 12th January 8, 2015 Indiana, WTHR Indian's News Leader 
 ... USDA sharpshooters using high-powered rifles will hunt on the west side of the reservoir, which includes two city golf courses ... The first hunt took ... 142 deer ...

A Family Tradition December 29, 2014 December 29, Indiana, South Bend Tribune
... The Garl family hunting tradition goes back seven generations. In the ol’ days, when few deer existed in northern Indiana, they would trek to Wisconsin where deer were more plentiful. “But when the deer started moving in this region back in the 70s, the family started doing more hunting here,” ...

Bloomington City Council's year of the deer December 28, 2014 Indiana, Herald Times
... The Bloomington City Council covered a mixture of topics in 2014, but one found a way to continually pop up at meetings. It has big, dark eyes, brown hair and four legs. 
Even when deer weren't on the council's agenda, the animal nuzzled its way into conversations through council comments, public comments and protests outside City Hall, likely making it the most talked-about issue...

Buck Fever: Ohio deer case renews criticisms of trophy buck shipments December 27, 2014 Indiana, Indianapolis Star 
... Like 12 of the 23 states where CWD has been found, the first Ohio case cropped up in a commercial deer operation — in which deer bred for enormous antlers are shipped to fenced hunting preserves ... The preserve was a known risk ... calls into question the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's CWD monitoring program meant to keep interstate shipments safe...

... 312 IAC 9-3-3 would make changes governing deer hunting equipment. It would allow additional rifles to be used by reducing the bullet size required to .243 and eliminating the maximum rifle cartridge case length. Then high-powered rifles, such as the .30-30 and .45-70, could be used ...

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 ...

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.  Does have been 30 to 40 percent of the harvest. Hunting data
     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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