(Undated) – New rules for Indiana deer hunters continue to advance.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission endorsed the package of rule changes Tuesday, bringing them a step closer to final approval.
Included in the rule revisions are modifications of the season structure, bag limits, hunting equipment, and licensing requirements.
The proposed rules do keep the number of firearm hunting days at 16, instead of an earlier proposal which shrunk the season to just nine. The schedule would include an antlerless only firearms season in designated counties from Dec. 26 through the first Sunday in January. Expanded crossbow use would be permitted.
Public comment is being welcomed. Sound off by submitting comments on the NRC website, www.in.gov/nrc/2377.htm, or write to Division of Hearings, Indiana Government Center North, 100 North Senate Ave., Room N501, Indianapolis, IN, 46204-2200.
Public hearings will also be held before the changes go back to the NRC for final approval. NRC chairman Bryan Poynter said it is unlikely any changes would occur in the 2011 hunting seasons.