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Indiana youth can apply Aug. 23 for Big Walnut hunt

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources

-- Beginning Aug. 23, Indiana youth hunters can apply for a special youth deer hunt Sept. 25 and 26 at Big Walnut Nature Preserve located near Bainbridge.

Deadline to apply for the hunt is Sept. 3. Applications can be made online at  Youth hunters must have a valid license to hunt deer to apply.

Successfully drawn hunters will be able to scout the property Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon. Hunt hours will be from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26. Youth hunters may use a legal firearm, bow and arrow or crossbow, but may possess only one type of equipment while in the field.

Youth hunters and accompanying adults must comply with all deer hunting regulations, including  wearing hunter orange, tagging the deer and checking it in to a deer check station within 48 hours of the take.

The accompanying adult cannot take a deer and may not possess a firearm, bow and arrow or crossbow while in the field with the youth hunter.

Youth age 17 or younger on the date of the hunt who are accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older, can take one deer of either sex during the special youth deer season. If the youth hunter takes an antlerless deer during this season, it is in addition to any antlerless deer taken during any other season. If the youth hunter takes an antlered deer during this season, he or she  may not take another antlered deer during the regular archery, firearm or muzzleloader seasons.

More information is available from Kevin Hoffman, DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, e-mail to or call (317)234-5904.

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