Deer Reduction Hunts

Your favorite state park might be closed Monday and Tuesday – here’s why.

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.

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.