Indiana DNR accepting applications for hunters for deer management

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — There are only a few days left to apply to help control the deer population in state parks.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications through Aug. 26 to participate in deer management draw hunts across the state.

The DNR says management hunts are a necessary tool that ensures the habitat for many sensitive species of flora and fauna is protected in parks.

The hunts will take place Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3 at 15 state parks and two recreation areas:

  • Chain O’ Lakes State Park
  • Charlestown State Park
  • Clifty Falls State Park (archery only)
  • Fort Harrison State Park (archery only)
  • Harmonie State Park
  • Indiana Dunes State Park
  • McCormick’s Creek State Park
  • Ouabache State Park
  • Pokagon State Park
  • Prophetstown State Park
  • Shakamak State Park
  • Spring Mill State Park and Cave River Valley Natural Area (drawn and managed together)
  • Summit Lake State Park
  • Tippecanoe River State Park
  • Trine State Recreation Area (archery only)
  • Whitewater Memorial State Park

Applicants can apply by themselves or have up to two companions accompany them. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older, an Indiana resident (or have a lifetime license to take deer in Indiana), and have the proper licenses to hunt deer.

Only one park may be selected for either of the two-day hunting periods.

Also, only firearms and archery equipment legal to take deer on public land in Indiana are allowed, including crossbows for the archery hunts.

Participants can harvest up to three deer, only one of which can be antlered.

All participants are required to wear "hunter orange" at all times while on state park property during the management hunts.

Click here to read the full list of guidelines and qualifications, and apply here.

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