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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 […]


State parks plan volunteer activities, free admissions day

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers can help clean up the state’s parks and reservoirs this Saturday and then come back for a free day on Sunday as part of a celebration of National Public Lands Day. The event is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Those who want to participate can spend […]

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State sponsors Outdoor Experience to let Hoosiers try sports, activities

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers who want to pick up a new outdoor hobby will now have the chance to at the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience this weekend at the Fort Harrison State Park. The outdoor experience – sponsored by the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and the Department of Natural Resources – will […]

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State to restore West Boggs Lake in Southern Indiana

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One of Indiana’s popular fishing sites in Loogootee will undergo a restoration that is not only expected to revive the lake’s fishing conditions but also energize the lake’s contribution to the local economy. A once popular site for bluegill and bass fishing, West Boggs Lake brought in anglers from […]

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Schools get money to fund field trips to state parks

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,500 elementary, middle and high school students in Indiana could learn more about the outdoors this school year under a grant program that supports field trips to state parks and reservoirs. More than 20 schools will receive money for transportation costs, program fees and classroom supplies related to […]

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Local fire fighters receive grants

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The DNR Division of Forestry divvied out more than $194,000 in grants to rural and volunteer fire departments from 29 Indiana counties. The Volunteer Fire Assistance grants – made available through the USDA Forest Service – were provided to recipients that met requirements for population density, acres of public, […]

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Explore: Geocaching at Turkey Run proves enjoyable challenge

Explore-Geocaching from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com MARSHALL, Ind. – Our latest adventure exploring Indiana was not as successful as others – but it was still a worthwhile experience. My colleague Jess Seabolt and I went to the Turkey Run State Park to go geaocaching. What is that you may ask? Geocaching in […]

Longest serving state archaeologist to retire

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s longest serving state archeologist will retire after more than 25 years of service. James Jones III, who also serves as archaeology team leader, has been with the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology since 1987 and been the state archaeologist since 1991. He will retire later this month.