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.
The chances of a Hoosier driver hitting a deer are on the rise.
One Senate committee this week approved a bill regulating the state’s vaping industry while another held off on legislation aimed at helping the terminally ill.
This year’s bill, which legalizes only existing preserves, is already a scaled-down version of previous legislation.