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The Got INput 2014 suggestion period is now closed

The Division of Fish and Wildlife appreciates the more than 4,000 hunters, anglers and trappers who commented on ideas for possible rule changes. DNR staff members are reviewing the input provided in January and February.

Please note that none of the ideas that were on the list have been approved. Any ideas moved forward will require changes to Indiana Administrative Code (called administrative rules). Rule changes require approval from the DNR and Office of Management and Budget, preliminary adoption by the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), a public comment period (online or by regular mail), a public hearing, final adoption by the NRC, and approval from the Governor’s Office and Attorney General’s Office. Those that may be proposed for rule adoption will not be in effect this year.

The DNR plans to have information available in June of this year regarding the ideas that will move forward as actual rule change proposals.

Got INput 2014 Issue summaries

  1. Your ideas summary
  2. DNR and Citizen petition summary
We sought suggestions on:
  1. DNR, Division of Fish and Wildlife topics.
  2. Your ideas on various fish and wildlife topics.

We sought comments on petitions already received by the Natural Resources Commission and DNR for additional changes. The topics listed below were brought forward for review via citizen petitions. The Division of Fish & Wildlife valued your input on these topics. The topics did not reflect the opinion or input from Division of Fish & Wildlife staff.

  1. Allow additional rifle cartridges: Such as the .45-70, .30-30, 7.62 x 54, 7.62 x 39, .223, .243 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .270 Winchester; increase the legal cartridge case length allowable for deer hunting to 2.250 inches in order to make the .444 Marlin and .45-70 Government legal to use.
  2. Allow the sale of squirrel hides (untanned): Squirrel tails are legal to sell but untanned squirrel hides are not.
  3. Add a spring squirrel season: Open a squirrel season in early June (after the spring wild turkey season ends), or from March 15 to April 15.
  4. Allow quail hunting south of U.S. 50 until Jan. 31: As the result of new permanent rule changes governing the quail season, the hunting of bobwhite quail north of Interstate 74 will be prohibited after Dec. 15.
  5. Allow baiting of deer: To assist in more hunters being successful and eliminate accidental or subjective determinations of baiting.