Officials in Bloomington say they're waiting for a contractor to schedule the planned deer cull in a city nature preserve.
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.