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I think we should be more focused on getting them to leave the seasons alone.

They are proposing shorter 9 day gun and ML seasons, and moveing the gun season later - further away from the rut - and lengthening the bow seasons.

GRRRRR... get those commments in!
 

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The 1.8" rule is aimed sqaurely at the .460 S&W, IMO. I agree, they can keep it. If they want more trophy bucks then make a separate antered tag for the archery and ML seasons and/or raise the price.

I have 5 kids. 2-3 does a year would do us nicely. 1 doe and 1/4 beef just about lasted us a year this year (we supplemented, of course with chicken, pork and fish from the grocery). I wish I could find a landowner in Hendrick, Boone, or Hamilton Co that would let me hunt their land. I can't afford a lease. If the combined cost of the meat is >$3/pound then I will quit hunting and go to Costco.

Sorry for the thread hi-jack...

Summary of Proposed Deer Rule Changes

Definitions

Moves the definition of crossbow to the definitions section, instead of defining it in 312 IAC 9-3-3

Adds a definition of ground blind

General Requirements and Licenses

Adds the new nonresident youth deer license types

Adds license requirements for the new special antlerless seasons

Requires hunter orange for youth hunters during the youth special deer season and during the new antlerless only seasons; hunter orange is already required for all deer hunters during the firearms and muzzleloader seasons

Requires at least 144 square inches of hunter orange material on a ground blind used while deer hunting during a season when a hunter is already required to wear hunter orange

Requires the owner’s name and address on ground blinds used on department properties

Hunting Equipment

Allows a crossbow to be used by hunters who are at least 64 years old during the early archery season
Allows a crossbow to be used during the deer firearms and muzzleloader seasons by hunters of any age
Allows a hunter of any age to use a crossbow in an urban deer zone during the urban deer season.

Allows a rifle cartridge to have a maximum case length of 1.8 inches instead of 1.625 inches

Seasons and Bag Limits

Allows youth hunters to take the number of antlerless deer allowed in each county during the special youth deer season (in addition to one antlered deer)

Extends the urban deer season through January 31 of the following year

Requires hunters to take at least one antlerless deer prior to taking an antlered deer in the urban deer season

Expands the urban deer zones in Lake and Porter counties to all of those counties

Changes the deer firearms season to start on the first Saturday before Thanksgiving and continue for only 8 additional days

Shortens the deer muzzleloader season to only 9 days


Adds an antlerless deer only firearms season in October (2 days only) in counties with an antlerless quota of 4 or more. The hunter may take the number of antlerless deer in each county allowed under the bonus county quota.

Adds another antlerless deer-only firearms season from December 25 through January 1 of the following year. The hunter may take the number of antlerless deer in each county allowed under the bonus county quota.

Military Reserves and National Wildlife Refuges

Opens the firearms season on designated military reserves and national wildlife refuges on October 1 instead of November 1

Adds the new nonresident youth deer hunting license types
 

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Exactly. Two if you go to church.

I live in a "suburban" county, but it hardly matters. I haven't knocked on any doors yet, but can't find any land in Hendricks, Boone, or Hamilton.

I have a new lead as of last week on some land real close to my parent's house... crossing my fingers. It's mostly leased crop land though.
 
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