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Clifty Falls selected for deer reduction hunts
Courier Staff Report
Thursday, November 07, 2013 10:00 AM
Clifty Falls State Park will be one of 21 Indiana properties temporarily closed this month and in December for white-tailed deer reduction hunts.
The closings will be for Nov. 18 and 19 and Dec. 2 and 3. These state parks will close to the general public the evening before and reopened the morning after each two-day reduction.
The other state parks listed in the reduction are Brown County, Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial.
Only individuals drawn last September may participate at Clifty Falls, Brown County, Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial.
Participants must wear a hunter orange hat or cap and vest, coat, jacket or coveralls at all times while on the property.
This is the 21st year the DNR has authorized the deer reduction program at state parks in an effort to mitigate damage to vegetation and control deer overpopulation.
In 2012, 4,099 hunter efforts were used to assist 14 parks and in removing 1,292 deer, according to DNR data. Clifty Falls was not on the list last year.
This year, for Fort Harrison (archery hunt) and Indiana Dunes, Spring Mill and Turkey Run (firearms hunts), there will be a public standby drawing to fill spots left vacant on the property each morning of the reduction.
Turkey Run, Spring Mill, and Fort Harrison will conduct daily standby drawings at 8:30 a.m. Potential standby participants can apply onsite between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. but cannot enter the park before 7:30 a.m.
Eligibility for daily onsite standby drawings is limited to Indiana residents who are 18 years of age by Nov. 18, and have any valid license to take deer in Indiana. Indiana residents who possess an Indiana lifetime license to take deer are also eligible.
To participate in the standby drawings, individuals must present a photo ID and their valid filled or unfilled license to take deer. Applications can include up to three individuals. The number of participants drawn will be based on the number of unclaimed spots for each day; it is not a first-come, first-served process. The need for stand-in hunters tends to increase with each hunt day.
Information on 2014 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild. The application deadline is usually the end of August.
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