Indiana DNR Holding First of Two Deer-Reduction Hunts

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Indiana DNR Holding First of Two Deer-Reduction Hunts

Nearly 20 state parks -- including Fort Harrison -- will be temporarily closed for DNR-backed deer hunts on Monday and Tuesday

STATEWIDE -- The Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources is closing nearly twenty state parks and recreation areas on Monday and Tuesday for the first of two deer-reduction hunts.

These hunts will help to keep the deer population under control. When Indiana's deer population grows too large, the animals can damage the habitats at state parks.

The first hunt is Monday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 19. 

The parks and recreation areas will close on the evening of Nov. 17 and reopen on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Sites closing temporarily for the deer hunts are: Chain O’Lakes; Charlestown; Clifty Falls; Fort Harrison; Harmonie; Indiana Dunes; McCormick’s Creek; Ouabache; Pokagon; Prophetstown; Shakamak; Spring Mill; Summit Lake; Tippecanoe River; and Whitewater Memorial state parks, as well as Cave River Valley Natural Area and Trine State Recreation Area.

The parks will close again for a second deer-reduction hunt on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3. 

The hunt is not open to the public; only hunters selected from the draw may participate.

(Photo by Jay Morgan/Photolibrary/Getty.)

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