Department of Natural Resources has released its 2016 Indiana White-tailed
Deer Summary, a comprehensive report on deer management in the state, is now
available on the DNR website.
deer.dnr.IN.gov and look for the “Deer Management” heading and the “2016
Indiana White-tailed Deer Summary” subheading.
The report contains
information on deer hunting, use of depredation permits, deer-vehicle
collisions, and disease surveillance efforts.
Highlights from the
* In 2016, hunters
harvested 119,477 white-tailed deer in Indiana, a 4-percent decrease from
the 2015 harvest of 124,769 deer.
* Harvest numbers
exceeded 1,000 deer in 58 counties and 2,000 deer in 14 counties.
* The 10 counties
with the highest harvests: Harrison, Noble, Franklin, Washington, Steuben,
Parke, Dearborn, Lawrence, Switzerland and Greene.
* The state issued
311 deer depredation permits in 2016, with an average of 13 deer authorized
per permit and an average of five deer taken per permit. Average reported
percent of crop damage was just more than 25 percent. The number of deer
taken with depredation permits represents around 1.3 percent of the total
deer taken in Indiana, with 1,556 deer harvested.
collisions across Indiana were down nearly 9 percent from 2015, with 14,021
collisions in 2016.
surveillance for deer included monitoring for epizootic hemorrhagic disease
(EHD), chronic wasting disease (CWD) and bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Bovine
tuberculosis monitoring and surveillance was conducted in Dearborn, Fayette,
and Franklin counties near an outbreak on a cattle farm.
information by equipment type and sex can be found in the report. Also,
harvest numbers, antlerless quotas, and hunter attitude information are
included for each of Indiana’s 92 counties.