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February 7, 2014

Senate Bill 52 - The "Dumbing Down" of Indiana wildlife violations

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Go to dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/7477.htm and locate the Urban Deer Technical Guide link. The 32-page booklet explores how overabundant deer can impact deer-human interaction, cause ecological damage, and present health issues for humans. It addresses the pros and cons of both lethal and non-lethal management options.

The booklet outlines considerations for developing a successful deer management program and how to set up a monitoring program to assess results. Several examples of special deer reduction programs are cited.

“There’s a lot of great biological information, details on options available to communities, and case studies from here in Indiana,” Stewart said. “If a community is facing this issue but not sure where to begin, this is a great first place to start.”

Hoosier Students Learn Archery

Indiana Conservation Officers have introduced Hoosier schools to a new discipline – target archery. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is being taught as part of the physical education curriculum in more than 300 Indiana schools and is affecting more than 50,000 students annually.

The DNR Law Enforcement Division has certified more than 800 teachers as NASP instructors. Students participate by shooting a Genesis compound bow at an international competition scoring target.

Students are given an opportunity to join competitive archery teams to represent their schools at tournaments across the state.

“NASP has created an opportunity for anyone to join a team and compete at a high level,” said Outdoor Education Lt. Larry Morrison. “Archery teaches concentration, poise, relaxation and commitment to practice, which translates to a better student in the classroom.”

Indianapolis Public Schools will feature more than 260 students competing at the second annual IPS NASP qualifying tournament on March 8 at John Marshall Community High School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tournament is open to the public, and admission is charged.

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