Harvest data from state parks

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Harvest data from state parks

Postby djohns13 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:36 am

Here is the latest press release from the Indiana DNR regarding the 2009 state park hunts. I have heard that a buck measuring more than 200" gross score was taken that the release makes no mention of it.

Another successful year for state park deer hunts
Volunteer hunters helped the effort to restore habitat during the recent controlled hunts at 17 Indiana state parks, taking a total of 1,334 deer.
The controlled hunts took place Nov. 16 - 17 and Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 at Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Harmonie, Lincoln, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles, Whitewater Memorial, Fort Harrison, and Clifty Falls.
Versailles had the highest number of deer taken in the special hunts with 202, followed by Potato Creek (186), Charlestown (133), Tippecanoe River (119), and Harmonie (111).
DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a deer reduction each year, based on the recovery of vegetation that deer eat and previous harvest information at each park. The state parks are home to many unique natural communities and rare plants. The controlled hunts help reduce browsing by deer to a level that helps ecosystems and associated vegetation recover.

"In spite of poor weather during the first reduction and expanses of standing corn adjacent to many parks, our effort in 2009 was successful in maintaining the comfortable trend we've seen in recent years," said Mike Mycroft, chief of natural resources for the DNR Division of State Parks and Reservoirs. "Though hunters aren't taking as many deer as they once were, that's a good sign for the vegetation. These reductions are about managing habitat."
Not all parks require reduction every year. Approximately one-third of the parks have achieved maintenance status since the program began and regularly take a year off from reductions.
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For more information: Mike Mycroft, chief of natural resources, DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs, (317) 232-4128, mmycroft@dnr.in.gov.
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RE: Harvest data from state parks

Postby 8uck5nort » Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:46 am

I wonder if it has occurred to them that deer numbers are probably going to be significantly higher next year becasue of the expanse of standing corn and the really nasty November weather on the hunt dates.

The deer that were normally in the woods were swimming in an ocean of corn, and for the most part eating very well and making the next generation in said corn, which, by the way, is going to need to forage in the state parks again now that the harvest is coming to an end...

I thought for sure Prophetstown would be in the top 5 cause it is new and has never been open to hunting until this year.
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RE: Harvest data from state parks

Postby djohns13 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:56 am

Prophetstown ended up 10th out of the 17 parks with 80 deer harvested (the best I can tell, about 25 were bucks) but the standing corn was a big wild card along with the bad weather keeping many hunters away. Overall, about 47% of the hunters didn't show.

It will be interesting to see how the state deer population changes next year. I would expect it to have a strong increase but the upcoming winter and coyotes will have the most impact.
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