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Bobcat Hunting And Trapping Season Considered By Indiana DNR

If approved, there would be a bag limit of one bobcat per person, as well as a statewide quota.  In addition, the season would be open only in a restricted number of counties in Southern Indiana.

INDIANAPOLISThe Indiana Department of Natural Resources is considering a change in the rule that would allow the hunting and trapping of bobcats in designated parts of the state.

The department has released its list of proposed revisions to its hunting and fishing amendments including the authorization of a bobcat hunting and trapping season.  

"The fact that we're even talking about a bobcat [hunting and trapping] season is a huge conservation win because bobcats have been protected in Indiana for nearly 50 years which means their numbers were historically low," says Marty Benson with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

"Bobcats are now common in southern Indiana and they continue to expand throughout the state.  They've been reported in 78 of Indiana's 92 counties and confirmed in 58 of them," says Benson.

There would be a bag limit of one bobcat per person, as well as a statewide quota.  In addition, the season would be open only in a restricted number of counties in Southern Indiana.

The state’s Natural Resources Commission adopted the preliminary proposal in September and now is asking for public comment before deciding to ask the state’s Attorney General and Governor Holcomb for their approval.

The first public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on March 14 at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell.  The second hearing is 5:30 p.m. on March 22 at Mounds State Park in Anderson.

You can also provide your feedback on the proposal online at http://www.in.gov/nrc/2377.htm .

"The soonest that [bobcat hunting and trapping] could possibly be a season would be Nov. 2019, so we're very early in the process of considering this," according to Benson.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE LIST OF PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE STATE'S HUNTING AND GAMING AMENDMENTS. 

 

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