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DNR Considering Rule Change For Hunting Foxes, Gray Squirrels

The rule change would allow hunting off a boat with a motor as long as the motor is shut off. You would still need consent of the landowner to take a wild animal off the property.

INDIANAPOLIS -- You may not have known this is something you weren't allowed to do in Indiana.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is considering a change to its hunting policies that would allow you to hunt foxes and gray squirrels while on a motorized boat as long as the motor is shut off.

Hunting of the animals is only allowed at this time from a boat without a motor.

Marty Benson with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it is one of the many proposed changes that hunters have addressed with the agency.

"Frankly, no one in our fish and wildlife division could figure out why it was prohibited," says Benson.

The proposed rule would allow require consent from the landowner to take a wild animal off the property.

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.

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