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Application Deadline Nears For State Park Deer Reductions
Updated August 22, 2016 7:10 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(UNDATED) - The deadline for hunters to apply for this year's state park deer reduction hunts is August 22.

Hunters must apply online by visiting and clicking on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link. The link also includes additional hunt details. Paper applications are not available.

Two reduction efforts will take place. The first round is November 14-15. The second round is November 28-29. Deer reduction hunts reduce the ecological damage that deer herds cause in state parks by helping to maintain deer browsing at a sustainable level. Biologists determine which parks require a reduction each year based on plant recovery and previous hunter success.

Properties requiring a reduction in 2016 are:

  • Firearms-only properties (any firearm legal to take deer on public land in Indiana): Brown County, Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Indiana Dunes, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial state parks, and Spring Mill State Park and Cave River Valley Natural Area (managed and drawn together),

Firearms hunters should note that firearms recently made legal for deer hunting on private land are not allowed in state park deer reduction hunts. Only those firearms legal for deer hunting on public land are allowed.

  • Archery-only properties (any archery equipment legal to take deer in Indiana): Fort Harrison and Clifty Falls state parks.

Applicants must be Indiana residents and be 18 years old by November 14, 2016, and possess at least one valid Indiana deer license to apply. Each person may apply only once for each state park deer reduction effort, regardless of primary or buddy status. All applications sharing duplicate names will be disqualified. Designated areas are available for participants with special needs. For details, contact the property of interest before applying.

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