October 04, 2013
Indiana Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast - 0
Hoosier State hunters took a record number of deer in 2012 (136,248), including the most antlerless deer (90,312) in the state history. Tim Beck’s massive Indiana non-typical whitetail (305 7/8-inches) became the second-largest non-typical buck ever harvested by a hunter.
Like many other Midwestern states, Indiana whitetails were hit hard in 2012 by epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), wiping out herds in several contained areas. Nonetheless, another mild winter and good spring rainfall are helping deer numbers increase, prompting the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to increase antlerless quotas in many areas, and to enact new regulations.
“We have instituted an earn-a-buck restriction in urban areas and a late antlerless season in many counties to help further reduce the doe population,” said Chad Stewart, a deer research biologist for the IDNR.
Urban hunters must harvest a doe before they’re allowed to bag a buck. The bag limit is still four antlerless deer, or three antlerless deer and one buck.
The late antlerless firearm season will run from Dec. 26 – Jan. 5, 2014, and will only be held in counties with a bonus antlerless quota of four or more deer.