Appeal Filed On Fenced Deer Hunting

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October 16, 2013 —

INDIANAPOLIS – The state plans to appeal a recent ruling by a Harrison County judge in a fenced deer hunting case. Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed notice Tuesday with the Indiana Court of Appeals.

In September, Harrison County Circuit Judge John Evans ruled the Indiana Department of Natural Resources didn’t have the authority to regulate a Southern Indiana fenced deer hunting operation.

In his ruling, Evans said the deer purchased by the Whitetail Bluff operation were privately owned and not property of the state.

The operation’s owner, Rodney Bruce, filed the lawsuit in 2006, shortly after DNR officials announced a new interpretation of state law made fenced hunting operations illegal. Evans initially issued a preliminary injunction preventing the state from shutting down Whitetail Bluff and other operations.


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