The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning a management deer hunt at Olin Lake Nature Preserve during the special antlerless deer firearm season from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6.
All regulations of the antlerless season will apply. The preserve will be closed to other visitors during the 12 days of the hunt. The preserve is not being opened to hunting in general.
Deer numbers continue to be excessively high at the LaGrange County nature preserve, where overbrowsing by deer threatens the long-term health of the property. Deer feeding has been especially damaging to white trilliums and other spring wildflowers. Olin Lake is about six miles south of LaGrange.
Ten hunters will be selected by drawing for the first six days of the special antlerless firearm season. A different set of six hunters will be drawn for the second six days of the season. No more than 10 hunters at a time will be given permits to hunt on the 116 acres of DNR property that will be open to hunting.
Applications must be picked up at one of the following locations. None will be mailed.
PigeonRiver Fish and Wildlife Area Office: 8310E 300N, Mongo, IN 46771. Phone (260) 367-2164.
LaGrange County Department of Parks and Recreation: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 0505W 700S, Wolcottville, IN 46795. Phone: (260) 854-2225.
Applications are due by Nov. 26 and the drawing will be Nov. 27.