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BREW...
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Horn....This is the information I usually see posted this time of year!

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quote:
Originally posted by hornharvester:
You guys still think the DNR isn't going to change the opening dates soon..........then why hasn't the DNR updated the opening dates beyond next year..??? Might be a coincidence but nothing is listed past 2018. h.h.

https://secure.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2715.htm

My understanding is that the DNR is in more of a "maintain" mode as far as the deer herd is concerned. And based on that, I can't see any major changes to the seasons happening in the very near future.
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I read in the DNR website that the firearms deer season is always scheduled for the first Saturday after Veteran's Day (Nov 11) each year. I use that information to schedule my annual trip to Southern Indiana to hunt with my Marine Corps buddy who I have known for 50 years since serving together in Vietnam. I'm one of your pesky NR hunters from New Hampshire! Hunting in Indiana is like a whitetail Nirvana compared to New England hunts.
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quote:
Originally posted by Magnum hunter:
I believe that some areas are more highly populated with deer than others. Around here, the farming community puts an impact on the deer because there are farmers who tend to take out deer habitat, and sometimes what I believe is too much. I have noticed a lot of habitat loss lately due to farm ground gain. BUT it's the farmers property so it's more than his right. Another big factor is the loss of predator control. The coyotes here are extremely abundant. I did not get a single fawn on trail cam all year and neither did some of my hunting friends. I did however find two dead fawns over the course of the summer who had been eaten clean by coyotes. More predator control is definitely needed and I hope that more hunters start to hunt them.

Loss of suitable habitat is always going to be the single biggest reason why deer numbers will be negatively impacted.


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Jeff Valovich
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113,293 ... with maybe another 500(?) taken in the Reduction zone season ...

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BREW...
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quote:
Originally posted by Jeff Valovich:
113,293 ... with maybe another 500(?) taken in the Reduction zone season ...

133.492 Now.....as we are entering a maintenance/maintain phase of the reduction mode started in 2012 I would think we will be around this figure for a few years to come.

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Hard to believe that in 2003 we dreamed of a day when the state was capable of producing a consistent harvest of over 110,000.
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http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/8367.htm#deerharvest

113,525 right now. Urban zone season still open for a while.

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Last minute checkins from Sunday ... ??

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quote:
Originally posted by Jeff Valovich:
Last minute checkins from Sunday ... ??

113,558 Now....probably is but if the Urban reduction zones are killing that many per day we might get to that 119,000 [Eek!]

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John Scifres
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113,478 now. Oh no we are going backwards. Not only are the live deer disappearing from the field, the dead ones are disappearing from our freezers. Come to think of it, I haven't checked my meat supply in the past couple days.
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Haven't been on here in a while but if you don't think the opening day numbers affected the totals then you are nuts. Add a normal opening day to the totals and no one is complaining
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113,471 now....still dropping [Cool]

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quote:
Originally posted by sticksender:
113,471 now....still dropping [Cool]

Someone suggested the early archery numbers are up. Don't forget, early archery season was six days longer compared to a year ago....and those were six rut days.

Didn't see where anyone pointed out the late anterless firearms season (where applicable) was nearly twice as long as a year ago.

I get the opening day argument...but only to an extent. There was ALOT of firearms deer hunting opportunity remaining after opening day. I heard the day two harvest was down as well...which really makes me scratch my head.... [Confused]

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Day one of firearms was down (as compared to last season) roughly 19,000 deer due in no small part to the statewide high winds that day. Day two of firearms was down very little (as compared to last season) by roughly 1,400 deer. Day 3-16 was up this season (as compared to last season) by roughly 8,500 deer.

Early archery was up (there was an extra 5 days this season) by roughly 5,000 deer .

Muzzleloader was also up this season by roughly 2,000 deer.

Late antlerless (with fewer counties but extra days) was up a few hundred deer.

As far as the opener of firearms season goes, we all know that day one is THE day and there was no way that deficit was going to be made up completely over the rest of the firearms season as there are many hunters who hunt only opening weekend and sat out that Saturday due to the weather.

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