DNR Offering Deer Hunting Coordinator Classes In July

(BLOOMINGTON) – Those interested in receiving training as deer hunting coordinators for the Community Hunting Access Program can sign up with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for a July 11 course in Bloomington.

The Community Hunting Access Program (CHAP)  is designed to increase hunting opportunities for white-tailed deer in communities and help alleviate human/deer conflicts.

The program will provide partners with financial and technical assistance to administer hunting programs in their communities. CHAP allows each community partner oversight and flexibility to determine the location and time of the hunts and which hunters can participate.

Training in the CHAP program can lead to individuals being hired in parks and by communities to apply safe deer hunting practices.

Training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DNR Fish and Wildlife Bloomington field office. The all-day event includes information about the biology of white-tailed deer, deer management, and being a successful hunter in urban communities.

Some advanced training will be conducted online as part of the program, and an outdoor field trip is part of the July 11 presentation day. Lunch will not be provided, and students are expected to dress appropriately for the weather.

Registration is limited to 20 participants. The deadline to apply is June 26.