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Deer Season For Bowhunters Opens October 1
Copyright © 2004 by Bill Scifres

Indiana’s deer season will open before we meet again, and Dr. Jim Mitchell, deer biologist for the Division of Fish and Wildlife, is predicting a record high in the harvest of antlered deer and a total bag that will be in the top three or four years of modern times.

The season for bowhunters will open Friday (October1). Bowbenders will be permitted to hunt for more than three months with a hiatus of a few days between the time the general firearms season ends November 28, and the late bow season opens on December 4. The late bow season ends January 2, 2005.

Last year (the 2003 season) bowhunters took 20,748 deer. The total bag (all seasons) that year was 106,748.

Mitchell says the all-time high bag of antlered bucks was 50,812 in the 1994 seasons. Antlered buck bags of the other years in the top five were: 2003--49,532; 2001--48,357; 1996--47,315, and 2000--47,177. 

County quotas for bonus deer permits (good only for antlerless deer) starting with the opening of the general firearms season on November 13 will be as follow:

Adams 1-nc, Allen 1-nc, Bartholomew 1-nc, Benton 1-nc, Blackford 1-nc, Boone 2-nc, Brown 1-nc. Carroll 1-nc, Cass 1-nc, Clark 4-nc, Clay 4-nc, Clinton 1-nc, Crawford 1-nc, Daviess 2-nc, Dearborn 4-nc, Decatur A-nc, DeKalb 1-nc, Delaware 2-nc, Dubois 2-nc, Elkhart 1-nc, Fayette 1-nc, Floyd 4-nc, Fountain 4-3, Gibson 2-nc, Grant 1-nc, Franklin 4-nc, Fulton 1-nc, Greene 2-nc, Hamilton 1-A, Hancock 1-nc, Harrison 4-nc, Hendricks 2-nc, Henry 2-nc, Howard 1-nc, Huntington 2-nc, Jackson 3-nc, Jasper 2-1, Jay 1-nc, Jefferson 4-nc, Jennings 2-nc, Johnson 3-nc, Kosciusko 1-A, Knox 2-nc, Lagrange 3-2, Lake 2-1, Laporte 3-2, Lawrence 2-1, Madison 3-nc, Marion 4-nc, Marshall 2-1, Martin 1-nc, Miami 1-nc, Monroe 2-nc, Montgomery 2-2, Morgan 3-nc, Newton 1-nc, Noble 1-nc, Ohio 4-nc, Owen 1-nc, Orange 3-nc, Parke 4-3, Perry 1-nc, Pike 2-nc, Porter 3-2, Posey 1-nc, Pulaski 1-nc, Putnam 2-2, Randolph 1-nc, Scott 4-nc, Ripley 2-nc, Rush A-nc, Shelby 1-nc, Spencer 2-1, Starke 1-nc, Steuben 1-nc, St. Joseph 1-nc, Sullivan 1-nc, Switzerland 3-2, Tippecanoe 3-nc, Tipton 0-nc, Union 1-nc, Vanderburgh 4-nc, Vermillion 2-2, Vigo 2-nc, Wabash 1-A, Warren 3-nc, Warrick 1-nc, Washington 4-3, Wayne 1-nc, Wells A-1, White 1-nc, Whitley 1-nc.
First figures represent the number of bonus permits that may be used in each county this year. The second figures represent the number of permits allowed last year (nc denotes no change).

Changes in County quotas from last year’s regulations are effective in only 16 counties. They are Fountain, Hamilton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Lake Laporte, Lawrence, Marshall, Parke, Porter, Spencer, Switzerland, Wabash, Washington, and Wells counties.

Complete details on deer-hunting regulations will be found in the 2004-2005 Hunting & Trapping Guide distributed free at hunting license outlets.

ATTERBURY--Those who plan to hunt deer or any other species on Atterbury and Crane military properties this year will be required to have completed an official hunter safety course. 

The restriction comes by virtue of military areas enforcing a regulation that was not enforced until last year. It will not apply to the Atterbury State Fish and Wildlife Area property.

DEER-PEN HUNTING--The Natural Resources Legislative Study Committee, a k a Summer Study Committee, took no official action when it met earlier this month to discuss the ”deer-pen hunting” situation.

However, even tough the bipartisan panel of legislators did not nod in favor of some kind of legislation on the matter, it is likely that the legislature will be confronted this year by one or more bill that seeks to usurp the authority of the Department of Natural Resources to manage wildlife and natural resources.

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