An animal welfare group has requested that a judge toss an emergency rule from Indiana's wildlife agency to allow rifle-hunting on state or federal property.
The DNR issued the rule in response to a law legislators passed that unintentionally barred the use of rifles on public land for deer hunting.
The Indiana state representative who authored the bill says he's working on a solution to the legislative mix-up.
The DNR attributes the 92 percent increase to a law passed in 2016 that allows hunters to use high-powered rifles on private property.
Deer hunters in some parts of the state face mandatory deer inspections.
Reducing the parks' deer populations helps maintain habitat for other animals and state-endangered plants.
The legislation allows deer hunters on private land to use high-powered rifles – guns that could have a range of as much as a half mile.
House lawmakers approved a bill Monday that regulates Indiana’s high-fenced deer hunting preserves. The measure now heads to the governor for approval.
Efforts to implement regulations for the industry have failed in previous years.
Starting Monday morning, 14 state parks across the state will close for a two-day deer-reduction hunt.