“Stable” pretty well describes Indiana deer hunting and the current population. Hunters killed 104,000 deer in 2002. Indiana DNR deer biologist Jim Mitchell notes that northeastern and southeastern counties see the highest harvests. Public land is hit pretty hard during the gun season, especially those properties within driving distance of major cities, and while public lands are producing healthy bucks, Mitchell notes that they tend to be average deer. Contact: Division of Fish and Wildlife (317-232-4080; www.state.in.us/dnr).
Deer Forecast 2003