Huntington County to help with deer mgt. decisions

Huntington County is one of four Indiana counties selected for a pilot program designed to gather public input for future deer management decisions.

A hunting group, Indiana White-tailed Deer Herd Management, is organizing the pilot program, modeled after a program that operates in Wisconsin.

The county deer advisory councils will include local hunters as well as representation from agriculture, forestry, local government, tourism, trans- portation, non-consumptive users and a disease monitoring organization.

The Huntington County advisory council will hold its first meeting on Saturday, March 25, at 9 a.m. at the Andrews Lions Club, 365 Leedy Lane, Andrews.

The initial meeting will feature information from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, including harvest data, crop depredation damage, forest damage and deer-vehicle collision statistics. Public input will be gathered on deer population goals and antlerless quotas for each county.

County deer advisory councils are also being organized in Wabash, Howard and Hamilton counties. Additional councils may be added in Cass, Dubois, Marion, Miami, Porter, Scott and Whitley counties.

For more information on future meetings and locations, visit www.iwdhm.com or email iwdhmgroup@yahoo.com.