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Indiana Hunting Plan Aims to Thin Deer Herd

Indiana Hunting Plan Aims to Thin Deer Herd | hunting | Scoop.it
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — One in 140 drivers in Indiana is likely to a hit a deer this year.

That's the figure the State Farm insurance agency came up with last year when it studied the number of deer-vehicle collisions across the country.

It's also one of many statistics used by members of the state's Natural Resources Commission, along with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, as a reason to restructure the state's deer hunting seasons to kill more deer.

The goal, said state deer biologist Chad Stewart, is to reduce the number of conflicts — such as collisions and crop damage — between people and deer.

Stewart said the state's deer population has been steadily increasing for more than a decade, even as hunters kill more deer every year.

In February, natural resources department reported Indiana's 2010 hunters harvested 134,004 deer, a new state record. Ten years ago, the state's hunters harvested 98,725 deer. That's an increase of more than 35,000 deer.
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Tennessee hunters give nearly 56 tons of venison to help feed the hungry this ... - The Republic

Tennessee hunters give nearly 56 tons of venison to help feed the hungry this ... - The Republic | hunting | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee deer hunters have contributed a record amount of venison to feed the hungry.

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation says this season's Hunters for the Hungry program brought in nearly 56 tons of donated venison. That's up 9 percent from last year's amount.

Program coordinator Matt Simscox says the TWF hopes more hunters will donate a dollar to the Hunters for the Hungry program as they renew their hunting and fishing licenses.

The federation has placed chest freezers at several locations for hunters to donate part of their venison as they pick it up from the processors.
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