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State Parks Draw Hunt application period is open

Hunters can apply online for State Parks Deer Management Draw Hunts by visiting Applications are only available online and close Aug. 26.

The first State Park hunt was held in 1993 as an effort to mitigate damage to vegetation and unique habitat by an overpopulation of whitetailed deer in Brown County State Park. Multiple parks have hosted deer management hunts annually since 1995. The decision to start deer management at individual parks has been based on scientific vegetation monitoring. Decisions to continue deer management at individual parks are made annually using harvest data and consideration of occurrences of rare, threatened, and endangered flora that could be affected by excessive browsing by deer.

Applicants must possess any valid license to take a deer in Indiana at the time of the application, excluding an apprentice license, and must be Indiana residents who will be 18 years of age by the date of the first hunt. Once an application has been submitted, information cannot be changed. Applications must be completed by the application deadline.

Primary applicants can apply by themselves or with up to two secondary applicants (buddies). Primary applicants must apply with their buddies’ information on their application in order for them to participate, including their buddies’ deer license number( s) and date(s) of birth.

Buddies must still meet all age, residency, and licensing requirements of the State Parks Deer Management Hunts. Each applicant may appear on only one application per hunt period.

Firearm hunts allow applicants to use any legal firearm to take deer on public land in Indiana. Archery hunts allow applications to use any legal archery equipment to take deer in Indiana, including crossbows.

Hunters will be selected through a randomized computer drawing. A link to view drawing results will be posted at by Aug. 30.

2019 State Parks Deer Management Draw Hunt properties include:

Chain O’ Lakes State Park

Charlestown State Park

Clifty Falls State Park (archery only)

Fort Harrison State Park (archery only)

Harmonie State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park

McCormick’s Creek State Park

Ouabache State Park

Pokagon State Park

Prophetstown State Park

Shakamak State Park

Spring Mill State Park and Cave River Valley Natural Area (drawn and managed together)

Summit Lake State Park

Tippecanoe River State Park

Trine State Recreation Area (archery only)

Whitewater Memorial State Park

Early hunts are Nov. 18-19 and late hunts are Dec. 2-3.