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State Parks Draw Hunt application period opens July 15
Start Date: 7/10/2019 All Day
Event Description:
Hunters can apply online for State Parks Deer Management Draw Hunts beginning July 15 by visiting on.IN.gov/reservedhunt. Applications are only available online and close Aug. 26.

The first State Park hunt was held in 1993 as an effort to mitigate damage to vegetation and unique habitat by an overpopulation of white-tailed deer in Brown County State Park. Multiple parks have hosted deer management hunts annually since 1995. The decision to start deer management at individual parks has been based on scientific vegetation monitoring. Decisions to continue deer management at individual parks are made annually using harvest data and consideration of occurrences of rare, threatened, and endangered flora that could be affected by excessive browsing by deer.

Applicants must possess any valid license to take a deer in Indiana at the time of the application, excluding an apprentice license, and must be Indiana residents who will be 18 years of age by the date of the first hunt. Once an application has been submitted, information cannot be changed. Applications must be completed by the application deadline.

Primary applicants can apply by themselves or with up to two secondary applicants (buddies). Primary applicants must apply with their buddies’ information on their application in order for them to participate, including their buddies’ deer license number(s) and date(s) of birth. 

Buddies must still meet all age, residency, and licensing requirements of the State Parks Deer Management Hunts. Each applicant may appear on only one application per hunt period.

Firearm hunts allow applicants to use any legal firearm to take deer on public land in Indiana. Archery hunts allow applications to use any legal archery equipment to take deer in Indiana, including crossbows.

Hunters will be selected through a randomized computer drawing. A link to view drawing results will be posted at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt by Aug. 30.  
 
2019 State Parks Deer Management Draw Hunt properties:
Chain O’ Lakes State Park
Charlestown State Park
Clifty Falls State Park (archery only)
Fort Harrison State Park (archery only)
Harmonie State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park
McCormick’s Creek State Park
Ouabache State Park
Pokagon State Park
Prophetstown State Park
Shakamak State Park
Spring Mill State Park and Cave River Valley Natural Area (drawn and managed together)
Summit Lake State Park
Tippecanoe River State Park
Trine State Recreation Area (archery only)
Whitewater Memorial State Park
 
Early hunts are Nov. 18-19, 2019 and late hunts are Dec. 2-3, 2019.
 
More information is available at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.

Media contact: For information regarding state park deer management hunts, contact Anthony Sipes, Chief of Natural Resources, DNR Division of State Parks, 317-232-4128, ASipes@dnr.IN.gov. For information regarding the reserved hunt registration process, contact Sam Jordan, Wildlife Staff Specialist, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, 317-234-5566, SJordan1@dnr.IN.gov.

 



 
Location Information:
Chain O' Lakes State Park  (View Map)
2355 E. 75 S.
Albion, IN 46701
Noble
Phone: (260) 636-2654

Charlestown State Park  (View Map)
12500 State Road 62
Charlestown, IN 47111
Clark
Phone: (812) 256-5600

Clifty Falls State Park  (View Map)
2221 Clifty Drive
Madison, IN 47520
Jefferson
Phone: (812) 273-8885

Fort Harrison State Park  (View Map)
6000 N. Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Marion
Phone: (317) 591-0904

Harmonie State Park  (View Map)
3451 Harmonie State Park Road
New Harmony, IN 47631
Posey
Phone: (812) 682-4821

Indiana Dunes State Park  (View Map)
1600 N. 25 E.
Chesterton, IN 46304
Porter
Phone: (219) 926-1952

McCormick's Creek State Park  (View Map)
250 McCormick's Creek Park Road
Spencer, IN 47460
Owen
Phone: (812) 829-2235

Ouabache State Park  (View Map)
4930 E. State Road 201
Bluffton, IN 46714
Wells
Phone: (260) 824-0926

Pokagon State Park  (View Map)
450 Lane 100 Lake James
Angola, IN 46703
Steuben
Phone: (260) 833-2012

Prophetstown State Park  (View Map)
5545 Swisher Road
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Tippecanoe
Phone: (765) 567-4919

Shakamak State Park  (View Map)
6265 W. State Road 48
Jasonville, IN 47438
Clay
Phone: (812) 665-2158

Spring Mill State Park  (View Map)
3333 State Road 60 East
Mitchell, IN 47446
Lawrence
Phone: (812) 849-3534

Summit Lake State Park  (View Map)
5993 N. Messick Road
New Castle, IN 47362
Henry
Phone: (765) 766-5873

Tippecanoe River State Park  (View Map)
4200 N. U.S. 35
Winamac, IN 46996
Montgomery
Phone: (574) 946-3213

Whitewater Memorial State Park  (View Map)
1418 S. State Road 101
Liberty, IN 47353
Union
Phone: (765) 458-5565
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