Judge throws out Indiana ban on fenced deer farms
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is studying a southern Indiana judge's ruling throwing out the state's ban on enclosed deer hunting farms.
DNR spokesman Phil Bloom says the agency finds the ruling by Harrison Circuit Judge John Evans disappointing. He says an Owen County judge sided with the agency last November in a separate lawsuit.
WIBC-FM and The Indianapolis Star report Evans ruled former DNR Director Kyle Hupfer didn't have the authority to ban deer farms in a 2005 emergency order.
Evans issued a permanent injunction prohibiting enforcement of the DNR order. A preliminary injunction had barred it while the case was pending.
Plaintiff Rodney Bruce of the Whitetail Bluff deer farm in Corydon says the ruling will allow him to compete with similar operations in other states.
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