Indiana Courts Rule on High-Fence Deer Hunting

High Fence Deer Hunting Image credit: Tom Koerner, USFWS

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) does not have the authority to ban high-fence deer hunting. Conservation groups cite concerns about the ethics of fenced hunting and potential disease transmission between wild and captive deer and oppose the controversial practice, which the IDNR halted in 2005. The state legislature is considering two bills that would clarify currently ambiguous rules for regulating hunting of captive wildlife on private lands. The IDNR may appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court to challenge the ruling.

Read more about the ruling in the IndyStar.