DNR law would end canned hunts
February 17. 2006 6:59AM
An Administrative Rule proposed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources would permanently prohibit the hunting of white-tailed deer on deer farms.
The proposed administrative rules clarify that white-tailed deer possessed under the authority of a game breeder license cannot be hunted and prohibits the taking of exotic mammals. The DNR presently has an emergency order banning game breeders from allowing the hunting of their deer and exotic animals. That order would go into effect July 1 and is good for one year. The administrative rule being proposed would ban it permanently.
Of course, all this could change if a bill in the Indiana Legislature calling for the legalization of high-fence hunting passes the Senate.
Meanwhile, the DNR will forge ahead with its public hearing plans set for Feb. 27 in the Indiana Government Center South, Conference Center Room C, at 10 am. The Indiana Government Center is at 402 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis.
A summary of rule changes, preliminarily adopted by the Natural Resources Commission, and the proposed rule, are available at: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/about/Deer & Exotic Rule Package Public.pdf. Written comments can be sent to: Hearing Officer, Natural Resources Commission, 402 W. Washington Street, W272, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments must be received by Feb. 28.
The NRC will likely consider the rules for final adoption at its March 21 meeting. After approval by the attorney general and governor, final rule changes could be effective in late 2006.
It’s official now — the Bremen Conservation Club has canceled its Lake of the Woods Ice Fishing Derby scheduled for Saturday, but the breakfast is still on.
The breakfast fund-raiser will be held at the Lake of the Woods Community Building from 7 to 10 a.m. Prizes previously earmarked for the ice derby will be awarded as door prizes. Cost of the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $4.
Rain washed away hopes for another ice fishing season although impending cold weather could salvage it. Fishermen were getting on wind-protected shallows on some northern Indiana lakes Tuesday but Wednesday’s rains made ice conditions unsafe again.
Meanwhile, hard corps anglers were catching walleyes on jig and minnows on the lower St. Joseph River and some coho and browns were being caught around warm water discharges on Lake Michigan.
Events encompassing winter outdoor recreation and fishing will be highlighted this weekend at Michigan state parks, recreation areas, lakes and boat launch areas.
For Free Fishing Weekend, no fishing license is required for Michigan residents or visitors, but participants must observe all other fishing regulations. Other state activities are mostly free of charge. Some registration fees for trail runs may apply. There will be no Motor Vehicle Permit requirement to enter a state park or recreation area for a Project GO event.
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