I don't know if anyone has seen this or not, but the DNR has made some changes that will affect this years deer season.
DEER HUNTING AND HUNTER EDUCATION RELATED RULE CHANGES
The rule changes listed below governing deer hunting and hunter education took effect on December 3, 2009. They were approved by the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) in September and subsequently approved by the Attorney General's Office and Governor's Office.
Condenses the Deer Hunting rules into the following four rules:
312 IAC 9-3-2 General Requirements and Licenses for Hunting Deer
312 IAC 9-3-3 Equipment for Deer Hunting
312 IAC 9-3-4 Season Dates and Bag Limits
312 IAC 9-3-8 Hunting deer on designated military reserves and National Wildlife
Refuges with extra deer hunting licenses
Youth Hunting Season
Puts in permanent rule the ability for a youth hunter to use a rifle with the cartridges specified in the rule.
Changes the age of youth that can hunt during this special season to those under the age of 18 instead of those under the age of 16.
General Deer Hunting
Allows archery equipment and firearms to be loaded, or capable of being fired, before and after lawful shooting hours.
Allows legal archery equipment and a firearm to be possessed during the firearms season, as long as the person possesses both an archery and a firearm license.
Allows legal archery equipment and a muzzleloader to be possessed during the muzzleloader season, as long as the person possesses both an archery and a muzzleloader license.
Clarifies that a handgun cannot be a rifle that has been modified to meet the state of Indiana's definition of a handgun.
Clarifies licensing and tagging requirements to make sure that the person who killed the deer puts his/her name on the tag and that the deer is recorded at the check station in the name of the person who actually killed the deer.
Adds the city of Warsaw as an urban deer zone in Kosciusko county.
Removes names of national wildlife refuges and military areas to simply say "designated military reserves and national wildlife refuges."
For deer killed by a vehicle or found dead, adds district wildlife biologists and property managers and assistant property managers to the list of people who can issue permits to possess one.
Allows a person to purchase an apprentice hunting license in accordance with IC 14-22-12-1.7 and be exempt from hunter education requirements.
Allows a license retailer to issue an apprentice hunting license to a person who has not met the hunter education requirements.
The proposed rule language can be viewed at: http://www.in.gov/nrc/files/LSA_09_44.pdf
Youth Deer Season
The rule change to allow a youth hunter (under the age of 18) to take either a buck or a doe during the special youth deer season took effect on December 12, 2009. This rule change was approved by the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) in September and subsequently approved by the Attorney General's Office and Governor's Office. If the youth hunter takes a buck during this special season, the youth hunter would not be able to take another buck during any of the other seasons that year (except during the urban deer season in an urban deer zone).
The proposed rule language can be viewed at: http://www.in.gov/nrc/files/LSA_09_60.pdf