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Drawings Nov. 15-16, Nov. 29-30 for Indiana dunes reduction hunts

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

-- Select Indiana State Parks will be closed temporarily in November for two rounds of controlled deer reductions. Only those listed on their applications drawn last September may participate at any park besides Indiana Dunes State Park.

The first reduction is Nov. 15-16; the second round is Nov. 29-30.

Participating parks will close to the general public the evening before each hunt and re-open the morning after each two-day reduction.

A public standby drawing to fill spots left vacant will be held at 9:30 a.m. each morning of the reduction hunt at Indiana Dunes State Park.

To be eligible for the draw, the candidate must be an Indiana resident or possess a valid lifetime license to take deer, be 18 years of age by Nov. 15, and possess any valid deer license. Those wishing to participate at Indiana Dunes State Park can bring up to two participants.

Any firearm legal for taking deer in Indiana, excluding archery, is allowed. Participants can harvest up to three deer, only one of which can be antlered. Deer taken are in addition to all other state bag limits.

Individuals must wear a hunter orange hat or cap and hunter orange vest, jacket or overalls at all times while on the property. Potential hunters can register for the standby drawing at 9 a.m. at the main gate of Indiana Dunes State Park.

A valid photo ID is required. The draw results will be announced at approximately 9:45 a.m. near the main gate. Shooting hours conclude at 3 p.m.

"Although the parks have had much success, a high no-show rate of those drawn and over-selective hunting remain a challenge for the program," said Mike Mycroft, chief of natural resources in the DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs.

Each year, DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction in deer population, based on habitat recovery and previous hunter success at each park. The state parks closing temporarily this year for deer reductions are Brown County, Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick's Creek, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial.

For more information, call Mycroft at (317)232-4128 or e-mail mmycroft@dnr.in.gov.

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