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Park Deer Reduction News

Discussion in 'Bucks and Does' started by mrfishohio, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    Plenty of openings remain for park deer herd reduction

    About 1000 hunting opportunities remain unfilled for each of the two-day DNR
    park deer herd management hunts. Several parks still have 75 percent of
    their volunteer hunter quotas empty.

    "A lot of people call asking where their best odds are of being drawn for a
    hunt," said DNR chief interpreter Ginger Murphy. "Their best bet is applying
    for a hunt at one of 10 deer-reduction parks that currently have 35 percent
    or less of the applicants needed for a complete draw.

    One state nature preserve and 16 state parks show damage from too many deer
    and are slated for controlled deer herd reduction hunts on Nov. 14, 15, 28
    and 29.

    Location, number of hunters drawn for each two-day reduction, and hunter
    drawing quota percentage filled.

    -Chain O'Lakes State Park, 110, 78 percent full
    -Charlestown State Park, 80, 88 percent full
    -Clifty Falls State Park, 130(limited to archers), 15 percent full
    -Ft. Harrison State Park, 200(limited to archers), 26 percent full
    -Harmonie State Park, 170, 42 percent full
    -Lincoln State Park, 80, 28 percent full
    -McCormick's Creek State Park, 80, 31 percent full
    -Ouabache State Park, 50, 76 percent full
    -Pokagon State Park, 60, 28 percent full
    -Shades State Park, 155, 25 percent full
    -Shakamak State Park, 60,23 percent full
    -Spring Mill State Park, 60, 25 percent full
    -Tippecanoe River State Park, 130, 37 percent full
    -Turkey Run State Park, 100,19 percent full
    -Versailles State Park, 295, 21 percent full
    -Whitewater Memorial State Park, 85, 35 percent full
    -Twin Swamps Nature Preserve, 30, 83 percent full

    Applications to participate in a deer herd reduction are available at state
    park and state reservoir offices, or in the DNR's Indiana Hunting and
    Trapping Guide, available in sporting goods stores and DNR offices, or at:

    Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Sept. 6, 2005.
    Completed applications also may be hand-delivered to 402 W. Washington St.,
    Room W264 in Indianapolis any business day until noon (Indianapolis time),
    Friday, Sept. 9.

    Properties holding a hunt will be closed to the public on the days of the

    Park deer management history
    The Indiana DNR first began to reduce the size of deer herds at state parks
    in 1993 with a one-day reduction at Brown County State Park. An obvious
    browse line had developed in the park, with deer feeding on vegetation from
    the ground to as high as they could reach.

    In 1994, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation mandating the
    director of the DNR to order a hunt in a state park when a species of a wild
    animal would damage the ecosystem of that park.

    Deer herd reductions have been conducted as needed at 20 of Indiana's 22
    state parks since 1995.

    Over the years, with the assistance of Purdue University, DNR developed a
    scientific measure of park damage caused by deer, and a formula to determine
    a schedule for deer herd reductions.

    Data collected by DNR biologists and naturalists is used each year to
    determine the need for a reduction in each park. Three parks that had
    reductions last year will not be included this year and four parks, which
    were not included last year, are included this year.

    Volunteer hunter qualifications
    Each year the DNR asks for qualified volunteer hunters in Indiana to
    participate in the herd reduction. To be eligible, an applicant must be an
    Indiana resident, at least 18 years old on Nov. 14, and hold a valid
    resident hunting license to take deer. DNR will choose the participants by a
    random drawing from the pool of applicants.

    Hunters who have completed the Indiana Hunter Education Course will be given
    preference to participate in the hunts. Firearm hunt weapons are limited to
    shotguns, muzzleloaders and handguns. Two parks, Clifty Falls and
    Ft.Harrison, will be limited to hunters using archery equipment.

    Hunters at the archery locations may submit either a hunter's education
    course or bowhunter's education course certificate.

    Hunters with questions about the herd reduction application can call

    Media contact,
    Ginger Murphy,

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  2. thanks for the infromation,only one thing holds me from appling:

    To be eligible, an applicant must be an
    Indiana resident,