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Indiana will launch Hunters Helping Farmers program

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

-- Deer hunters in need of a place to hunt, and farmers/landowners in need of crop damage relief now have a way to contact each other using a tool developed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
       
To participate, deer hunters may submit an online application, July 1 through Aug. 30, at
http://www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild to hunt private land in Indiana. Hunters submit for up to two counties they would like to hunt. Farmers/landowners then select individuals to interview for rights to hunt.
       
The program does not alter normal DNR deer hunting regulations. Hunters must adhere to all bag limits, county antlerless deer quotas and license fees. Farmers/landowners determine whether hunters may harvest antlerless deer or deer of either sex.
       
Information requested on the application, determined by a DNR survey of farmers/landowners, addresses common concerns about selecting the hunters most likely to address farmer/landowner needs.  
       
To obtain a list of potential hunters, farmers/landowners should contact their DNR district wildlife biologist as listed at
http://www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild starting Sept. 14.
       
Hunters must be 13 years old to apply. Further information will be available in the 2009-2010 Hunting and Trapping Guide. 

According to Indiana Code, a hunter who is invited on a landowner’s premises for the purpose of hunting does not have an assurance that the premises are safe for that purpose. Therefore, the owner of the premises does not assume responsibility or incur liability for an injury to the person or property caused by an act or failure to act of other persons using the premises, unless the act is of malicious intent or is illegal.

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