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NRC extends ‘one-buck rule’ for deer hunting


On May 15, the Indiana Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved an indefinite extension of what’s commonly referred to as the “one-buck rule” for deer hunting.

The decision to extend the rule removes the expiration date on a 10-year-old regulation that limits a hunter to taking no more than one antlered deer during the regular archery, firearms, and muzzleloader hunting seasons.

The “one-buck rule” was first applied in 2002 for a five-year period. The NRC approved an extension in 2007 with an expiration date of Sept. 1, 2012.

This year, the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife proposed extending the rule indefinitely, stating that limiting deer hunters to only one buck per year is not needed to manage the deer herd. The DNR considers it a social issue, not a biological issue.