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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ind. Law - More on "Lawmaker advocates fenced deer hunting" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from March 20th, Niki Kelly reported March 22nd in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in a story headed "Captive deer hunts may be added to Senate bill":

INDIANAPOLIS – A move to revive legislation legalizing the hunting of white-tailed deer behind high fences in Indiana could come Monday in a House Natural Resources Committee hearing.

The panel is set to hear an unrelated hunting bill, but rumors have circulated that Rep. Matt Ubelhor, R-Worthington, will offer an amendment to Senate Bill 487 involving so-called canned or captive hunts.

Ubelhor authored House Bill 1194 this year to allow the establishment of hunting preserves, in which deer are killed behind fences. But it did not receive a hearing in the House and died.

That bill was supported by the Indiana Deer and Elk Farmers’ Association. About 400 deer and elk farms are in Indiana.

They currently sell most of their deer to out-of-state shooting facilities because state DNR officials outlawed the practice in 2005.

Four such facilities do operate in Indiana under an injunction from an 8-year-old lawsuit.

But the deer farms want more of the preserves so they can sell additional deer in-state. They argued last year that farms and preserves are an economic development tool, bringing money from out-of-state hunters.

[Updated 3/25/13] FWJG has editorial today. Note that committee meeting mentioned for today probably has a 2-hour weather delay now.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 24, 2013 02:11 PM
Posted to Indiana Law