Tuesday, November 14, 2006

INDIANA NEWS: Hunts in State Parks Underway

Rooney notes: The 66 deer killed in the 200 acre park translates to over 210 deer per square mile--actual densities were much higher! Good Lord!

LIBERTY, Ind. -- Hunters killed 66 deer Monday during the first day of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources-approved hunt at Whitewater Memorial State Park.

Eighty-five hunters registered and took to the blinds and woods of the 200-acre park.

DNR officials sanctioned hunts in 18 state parks this year in an effort to thin the deer herds that eat much of the park's vegetation.

Hunting continues between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and Dec. 3 and 4. The park is closed those days.

DNR officials said if 55 deer were killed during the four-day hunt, another hunt would be planned for next year. If that number had not been attained, officials would not have had another hunt in the state park until 2008.

Last year, hunters killed 90 deer in the park.

Hunters were selected by random drawing from applications filed earlier this year.