State Park properties will close temporarily for controlled deer reductions
in the coming weeks, including Indiana Dunes State Park, the Department of
Natural Resources is announcing.
efforts are scheduled:
* Monday and
Tuesday, Nov. 12-13.
* Monday and
Tuesday, Nov. 26-27.
properties will close to the general public on the evening before each of
the two reductions.
Also closing for
the reductions are the following: Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Clifty Falls,
Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, Ouabache, Potato Creek, Prophetstown,
Shades, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles, and
Whitewater Memorial state parks; and the Cave River Valley Natural Area and
Trine State Recreation Area.
These state park
properties will re-open the morning after each two-day reduction. All
Indiana state park properties not mentioned will be operating under normal
biologists evaluate which state park properties require a deer reduction
each year, based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each
park. The state parks are home to numerous natural communities that serve as
significant habitat. The deer reductions help control browsing by deer to a
level that ensures habitat for all plants and animals.
selected from the draw may participate in the reductions.
A full report on
the 2017 reductions is at dnr.IN.gov/parklake/files/sp-DeerRMRR.pdf
The 2018 report
will be available in January 2019.