INDIANA

Deer Forecast 2004 -- MIDWEST

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Though not generally recognized as a trophy-buck state, Indiana is seeing large bucks come from an unlikely area: the heavily populated northwest. Communities with too many bothersome deer are looking to archery hunting for relief, as happened in 2003 at Beverly Shores. "I would expect that since it was a protected herd up to that time, a number of older animals were taken," says DNR deer biologist Jim Mitchell of the hunt at Beverly Shores. The 2003 harvest of nearly 107,000 deer was a 2.5 percent increase over 2002's take, and Mitchell expects another strong harvest this season as trend analysis finds deer numbers stable to rising.