Report: Indiana deer harvest lowest in more than a decade despite new law

Recently passed legislation now prohibits Indiana hunters from using any kind of rifle to hunt deer on public property.

INDIANAPOLIS — A report released recently by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources shows that deer hunting is down in the state.

The Indianapolis Star reported that despite the belief that a new state law expanding the firepower allowed for hunting on private land would increase the number of deer kills, hunters harvested almost 120,000 deer last year, the lowest number since 2003.

The report also estimates that vehicle collisions with deer cost Indiana at least $119 million. There were 14,000 crashes that resulted in injury or at least $750 in property damage reported last year. Counties in northern Indiana had the most crashes.

Most crashes occurred between October and December, which is normal since that’s the time of the year when males will venture further to breed with females, Caudell said.

Categories: Hunting News, Whitetail Deer

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