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DNR ups bonus anterless deer quota in Porter County

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The Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced county bonus antlerless quotas for deer hunting in the 2016-17 season.

Quotas have changed for seven counties. Five are lower than last year; two, higher.

Porter County went from four to eight; Perry County, from three to four.

Lower quotas: Daviess County went from two to one; Gibson County, from four to three; Ohio County, from eight to four; Posey County, from three to two; and Tippecanoe County, from four to three.

A map showing all 92 counties and their respective bonus quotas can be found at

Bonus antlerless quotas are the primary tool used by the DNR for managing deer populations on a county-by-county basis. It allows hunters to buy bonus licenses to take additional antlerless deer based on a county’s assigned quota. A hunter can harvest up to the county quota in each county.

Hunters must buy a separate bonus license for each deer they intend to harvest. Bonus antlerless licenses can be used in any season, except the Reduction Zone Season, using the equipment legal for that season. Deer bundle licenses can also be used to harvest antlerless deer but cannot be used when working toward bonus antlerless county quotas on DNR properties.

Counties with a quota of four or greater are eligible for the special antlerless season (Dec. 26 through Jan. 1).

Quotas are determined using a variety of factors: hunter harvest trend data, damage reports, deer-vehicle collisions, landowner and hunter surveys, and recommendations from the DNR deer management biologist, district wildlife biologists, and Indiana Conservation Officers.


Posted 7/14/2016





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