The other state parks which will be holding deer reductions 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.
At Indiana Dunes State Park a public standby drawing to fill spots left
vacant will take place on property each morning of the reduction. That
standby drawing is scheduled for 8 a.m. (CST). Potential standby
participants can apply on site between 7 and 7:45 a.m. (CST) but may not
enter the park before 7 a.m.
Eligibility for daily on-site standby drawings is limited to Indiana
residents who are 18 years of age by Nov. 18, and have any valid license to
take deer in Indiana. Indiana residents who possess an Indiana lifetime
license to take deer are also eligible.
To participate in the standby drawings, individuals must present a photo ID
and their valid filled or unfilled license to take deer. Applications can
include up to three individuals. The number of participants drawn will be
based on the number of unclaimed spots for each day; it is not a first-come,
first-served process. The need for stand-in hunters tends to increase with
each hunt day.
Questions about participating in the standby drawings should be directed to
the property of interest.
Similar standby drawings will be held at Spring Mill and Turkey Run
(firearms hunts) and at Fort Harrison (archery hunt). Those daily standby
drawings are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (EST). Potential standby participants
can apply on-site between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. (EST) but may not enter
the park before 7:30 a.m.
Only individuals drawn last September and those listed on their applications
may participate at Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls,
Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek,
Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe, Versailles and
Whitewater Memorial. There will be no standby drawings at those parks.
Participants must wear a hunter orange hat or cap and vest, coat, jacket or
coveralls at all times while on the property.
“DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on
habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park,” the Indiana
Department of Natural Resources said. “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 for all plants and animals.”
Information on 2014 state park deer reductions, including online
applications, will be available next summer at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild
The application deadline is usually the end of August.
A report on the 2012 reductions can be found at dnr.IN.gov/parklake/files/sp-DeerRMRR.pdf