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Fenced hunting bill now eligible for Senate vote

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An amendment to a fenced deer hunting bill being considered in the Indiana General Assembly would make breaking the new hunting rules a Class D felony. House Bill 1453 sets in place new regulations that would legalize fenced-deer hunting, but only for hunting businesses that were already operational in […]

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Long: Fenced hunting bill will be held until compromise reached

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana Senate said Wednesday that a bill to legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting will remain in the Rules Committee he controls until the GOP caucus finds a solution “that’s fair and reasonable.” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said if that happens, […]

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House sends fenced hunting bill to Senate

By Aubrey Helms & Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a controversial bill Tuesday that will legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting preserves, despite concern among opponents that hunting captive animals is unethical. House Bill 1453 now moves to the Senate. The bill’s author, Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, called the proposal “common […]

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House committee approves fenced deer hunting bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A House committee passed a bill 8-4 Monday that would legalize and regulate fenced deer hunting – but only for those operations already in business. House Bill 1453 – approved 8-4 – now moves to the full House for consideration. If passed into law, the bill would end a […]

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Appeals Court: DNR has no authority to regulate fenced hunting

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State wildlife officials overstepped their authority when they acted to ban high-fence deer hunting preserves, according to a ruling Monday from the Indiana Court of Appeals. In a 2-1 decision, the court said state law does not speak to the hunting operations and therefore the Indiana Department of Natural […]

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Committee delays vote on controversial fenced hunting bill

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A House committee could vote on a bill next week that would allow fenced deer hunting preserves to be officially legalized and regulated in Indiana. After a 10-year battle between the preserves and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, House Bill 1453 would eliminate the limbo in which the preserves currently […]

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Study group: Legalize, regulate fenced hunting preserves

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Fenced deer hunting preserves would be legalized and regulated in Indiana if the General Assembly implements a recommendation approved Tuesday by a legislative study committee. The group’s endorsement went beyond simply legalizing the handful of preserves that already exist. Instead, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Study Committee voted 8-3 […]

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Judge rules that DNR can’t regulate fenced deer hunting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Harrison County judge has ruled that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources has no authority to regulate a Southern Indiana fenced deer hunting operation. Circuit Judge John Evans said the deer purchased by the Whitetail Bluff operation are privately owned and not property of the state. “DNR’s actions […]

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Long: Fenced deer hunting bill dead for the session

By Lindsay Wenning TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate leader said Wednesday that a bill to legalize five fenced deer-hunting preserves is essentially dead for the session. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said he wants to let the courts decide whether the preserves – which the state has been trying to close since […]

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Long: Fenced hunting language will be removed from bill

By Brittany Muncy TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- The leader of the Indiana Senate said Thursday he plans to kill language from SB 487 that would legalize four high fenced hunting preserves operating now under a court injunction. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R- Fort Wayne, said he’s concerned about the ethics of hunting deer that can’t […]

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