The deadline for hunters to apply for this year’s state park deer reduction hunts is Monday, Aug. 25.
Hunters must apply online by visiting Hunting.IN.gov 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 Nov. 17-18. The second round is Dec. 1-2
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 2014 include both firearm only properties and archery only properties. Fire arm only properties include: Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River and Whitewater Memorial state parks. Archery only properties include (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 Nov. 17, 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.