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.
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
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).
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.