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Twenty-0ne Indiana state parks are temporarily closing for deer hunting. November 18-19 and December 2-3 the parks will only be open to licensed hunters.
Deer biologist Chad Stewart says the hunts help control the population.
“Without hunting the deer herd would grow rapidly, it is effective to keep deer herd in check and to slow their growth,” Stewart says.
Since deer hunting began in 1933 parks have closed for the hunts.
Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Phil Bloom says the hunts are an effective way to protect trees and other plants in state parks.
“The hunt has been pretty successful for its intended purpose which is to provide ecological balance in the parks,” Bloom says.
In 2012 a total of 1,292 deer were killed in 14 state parks.
The parks that will be closed include: Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial.