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Dunes State Park closed November 12-13 and 26-27 for deer hunt

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Select Indiana 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.

Two reduction efforts are scheduled:

* Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 12-13.

* Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 26-27.

Participating 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 hours.

Indiana DNR 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.

Only individuals selected from the draw may participate in the reductions.

A full report on the 2017 reductions is at

The 2018 report will be available in January 2019.



Posted 11/2/2018




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