Indiana Dunes State Park, along with 20 other state parks, will close to the
public on four days in November for two rounds of deer hunting.
The first hunt will be Nov. 14-15, followed by a second round on Nov. 28-29.
Each of the parks will close to the general public the evening before the
deer kill and will reopen the morning after each one.
Along with the Dunes State Park, the other state parks to be closed for the
deer kills are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort
Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato
Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe,
Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial.
Each year, DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction based on
habitat recovery and previous hunter success at each park. The state parks
are home to more than 32 state-endangered plants and numerous significant
natural communities. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level
that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks.
A public standby drawing to fill spots left vacant after 7:30 a.m. local
time will take place at the Dunes State Park the morning of the hunt. To be
eligible, the candidate must be an Indiana resident (or possess an Indiana
lifetime license to take deer), be 18 years old by Nov. 14, and possess any
valid deer license for Indiana. Participants must also present a photo ID
and any valid filled or unfilled license to take deer
Standby drawings will take place at 8:30 a.m. local time. Potential standby
participants can apply onsite between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. local time but
cannot enter the park before 7:30 a.m.
Applications can include up to three individuals.
This is a drawing based on how many unclaimed spots there are for each day.
It is not first-come, first-served.
Spots will be limited as they are based on the number of no-shows each day.
The need for stand-in hunters increases with each hunt day.