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High-fenced hunting regulations await the governor’s approval

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — After years of debate, regulations for high-fenced hunting is headed to the governor’s desk. “I think it’s time that we pass a bill. Address the concerns we have. Put in some commonsense regulations. And finally put this issue to bed,” said Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville. Senate Bill 109 would […]

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Regulating fenced deer hunting advances to the House

By Jay Siskin, Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana lawmakers are one step closer to regulating fenced deer hunting preserves. Senate Bill 109 passed the Senate 29-19 Thursday. “The question of the making deer preserves legal or not has been already answered on the courts,” Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, the bill’s author said earlier this […]

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Fenced hunting bill dies in Senate – again

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – For the second year in a row, a bill to set restrictions and regulations for fenced hunting operations has been stopped in its tracks on the Senate floor. On Tuesday, senators voted 27-23 against House Bill 1453 – a bill that would have legalized and regulated an industry that […]

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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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Analysis: A decade is enough uncertainty for fenced hunting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a fight that has gone on too long. And it’s time for the General Assembly to end it. The state and the operators of fenced deer hunting preserves have been at odds for a decade over whether the operations are legal and can be regulated. During that time, […]

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State appeals fenced hunting case; Zoeller appeals for legislative action

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The attorney general has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that says the state can’t regulate fenced deer hunting under current law. But Republican Greg Zoeller said his first choice is for lawmakers to step in and resolve a long-running dispute over whether the operations are […]

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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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Measure to constitutionally protect hunting, fishing moves to full Senate

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Hoosiers’ right to hunt and fish is one step closer to becoming etched in the state’s constitution. The same proposed constitutional amendment passed the General Assembly last year. But because the resolution would change the constitution, it must pass two, separately-elected legislatures. Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, author of […]

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