Give Now

Delays, Closings and Severe Weather - View All Alerts and Updates

Deer Hunting Bill Clears Senate Committee

Efforts to implement regulations for the industry have failed in previous years.

deer

Photo: huntingdesigns (Flickr)

The proposal would require all new preserves to be at least 100 acres.

Supporters of legislation that would regulate Indiana’s high-fenced deer hunting say the recent resolution of a decade-long court battle – negating any state authority over the industry – will give them traction this session.  The measure is expected to finally pass after years of legislative inaction.

Rodney Bruce is an owner of one of Indiana’s high-fenced deer hunting preserves, where people can pay money to hunt farm-raised deer in an enclosed area. The state court system ultimately decided last year that Indiana has no authority under current law to regulate facilities like Bruce’s. He says that makes this year’s legislation critical.

“We’re out of options and it’s time to put this to bed,” Bruce says. “And I think everybody that has a dog in this fight has contributed to this resolution.”

The bill would allow an unlimited number of preserves, all under the authority of the Board of Animal Health. It requires new reserves to be at least 100 acres, fences to be at least eight-feet high, and mandates reporting of disease and escape.

Groups including the Humane Society and the Hoosier Environmental Council say the regulations aren’t strict enough.  But sportsmen’s groups, such as the Indiana Deer Hunter’s Association, oppose the preserves entirely.  Association representative Doug Allman calls them an “affront” to Indiana’s hunting culture, which he says is about fair chase.

“Don’t call it hunting,” Allman says. “That’s like a guy that hires a prostitute and says ‘This is true love.’”

A Senate committee approved the bill 8-1, with a Democrat the lone dissenting vote.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook