19 state properties to close for special deer reductions, Nov. 26-27, Dec. 10-11
A total of 19 DNR properties, 18 state parks and one nature preserve, will temporarily close to the general public, Nov. 26- 27, and Dec. 10-11, for special deer reduction efforts.
These include Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial state parks, plus Twin Swamps Nature Preserve.
During the reductions, volunteers assist the DNR in reducing the size of the deer herds, which have grown too large to be supported by the vegetation at these properties. The goal of the deer herd reductions is to help restore and maintain the ecological balance in the participating properties.
The Indiana DNR first began to reduce the size of the deer herds occupying Indiana's state parks in 1993, with a one-day reduction at Brown County State Park. Since then, deer reductions have been conducted at 20 of Indiana's 24 state parks. DNR biologists and naturalists now determine the need for a reduction each year on a park-by-park basis. This year they determined that Brown County and Summit Lake state parks, which underwent reductions in recent years, need not participate.
Individuals who have completed the Indiana Hunter Education Course are given preference to participate in the firearm reductions. The firearm hunts are limited to the use of shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols. Archery equipment, rather than firearms, is used at the Clifty Falls and Fort Harrison controlled reductions. Archers are required to have completed the International Bowhunter Education Program or hold a Hunter Education certificate to participate.
Marty Benson, public information officer, (317) 233-3853, cell (317) 696-9812
Jeff "Jesse" James - Owner of Jesse's Hunting & Outdoors
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