INDIANA – Eight applicants are approved for funding from the Community Hunting Access Program (CHAP), which creates deer hunting opportunities at nine different locations.
CHAP is designed to increase deer hunting access while also mitigating negative human-deer interactions. Through CHAP, communities have a practical and economical method for reducing deer numbers while balancing ecological and societal needs through regulated deer hunting.
CHAP provides partners with financial and technical assistance to administer hunting programs in their area. Communities, homeowners associations, parks, and other organizations are eligible to apply for CHAP funding. Total financial assistance per participating partner is capped at a maximum of $25,000.
The City of Bloomington, the Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy District, select Central Indiana Land Trust properties, Duneland Beach Homeowners Association, Indiana Oaks Golf Club, the Town of Long Beach, Save Maumee Grassroots Organization, and Wesselman Woods Nature Society will receive funding through CHAP for the 2021-22 deer hunting season.
Funding for CHAP is made available from a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration grant supported by the sale of hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses.
CHAP community partners determine when and where managed hunts occur, how many hunters can participate and may choose to employ the services of a trained CHAP coordinator to administer hunting opportunities.
Hunters interested in CHAP can register for a possible opportunity to participate through the Deer Hunt Registry at on.IN.gov/deerhuntregistry or by contacting the respective coordinators of the communities.
For information on CHAP, the grant application, and the current trained CHAP coordinators list, visit on.IN.gov/dnrchap.