After 10 years of contentious debate, Indiana legislators approved a law this year legalizing fenced-in deer hunting preserves.
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.
Environmental and animal rights groups have significant issues with the bill and proposed an amendment that would bar people from hunting wild sheep and goats.
Indiana is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of women who hunt. One-point-five million of the nation’s hunters are now women.
A June decision from the Indiana Supreme Court struck down a 2005 ban from the Department of Natural Resources. Now, the industry is virtually unregulated.
The Supreme Court is allowing a lower-court ruling, allowing high-fenced hunting, to stand.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission is considering a proposal to allow hunting with higher caliber rifles.
A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 the DNR overstepped the powers given to it by the legislature when it attempted to ban the preserves in 2005.
Legislation to legalize and regulate high-fenced deer hunting preserves has failed in past sessions.