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If you would like to deer hunt in some selected state parks, read on.
Applications are available online for Hoosiers wanting to participate in special deer reduction hunts at designated Indians State Parks this fall. The first round of state Park deer reduction hunting will be Nov. 18 and 19th. The second round will be Dec. 2 and 3rd.
State Park deer reductions help maintain and restore unique and valuable ecosystems damaged by white-tailed deer. The designated parks are closed to the general public on hunting days.
Applications are available at www.indianaoutdoor.in.gov. The application deadline is Aug. 25. Before applying, applicants should see details at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/5834.htm. Applicants must be Indiana residents and be 18 years old by Nov. 18 and possess at least one valid Indiana deer license.
Apprentice and private preserve licenses are not applicable. Each person may apply only once4 for each State Park deer reduction effort, regardless of primary or buddy status. All applications sharing duplicate names will be disqualified.
Biologists determine which parks require a reduction based on habitat recovery and previous harvest date.
Parks participating this year are Brown County, Chain O’ Lakes, Charlestown, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Quabashe, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial, which will hold reduction hunts using firearms, and Fort Harrison and Clifty Falls, which will hold reduction hunts using archery.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first State Park deer reduction hunt in Indiana.
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Let’s change from controlling the growth of one population to bringing another back from extinction. Read on!
DNR wildlife biologists recently completed banding efforts with a record number of peregrine falcon chicks that were hatched this spring at 15 successful nesting sites across Indiana.
DNR biologists monitor peregrine falcon nesting every year, and most young falcons are banded with leg identification tags to help monitor their movements and survival.
The 44 chicks that were banded this year topped the previous high mark of 38 set in 2012. Two additional chicks left their nests this year before biologists could get to them to attach bands.
Nesting sites in East Chicago, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Madison, Michigan City and Whiting had the most banded chicks with four each. Three chicks were banded at two sites n Gary and at single nests in Indianapolis, New Albany and Porter County.
A half century ago, habitat loss and decreased reproduction resulting from use of pesticides, such as DDT, put peregrine falcons n peril of surviving. By 1965, no falcons nested east of the Mississippi river and western populations declined by 90 percent.
Indiana started its peregrine falcon reintroduction project in 1991 and by 1994 the DNR released 60 young falcons in Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and South Bend.
The number of nesting pairs in the state has slowly increased. Nests are located on buildings, under bridges, and on smokestacks along the Lake Michigan shoreline, at power plants, and in major urban areas.
What a wonderful success story due to our great DNR folks!
Kenny Bayless can be reached by email at email@example.com.