Over a dozen state parks in Indiana will be temporarily closing their gates to visitors in November to allow hunters to take out deer threatening native plant life. Every year, state wildlife biologists evaluate state parks and determine which of them are in need of a deer population reduction, based on previous deer-killing rates and each park’s habitat.
Thirteen state parks will be temporarily closed for the hunts on Nov. 13 and 14, and then again on Nov. 26 and 27. These 13 parks are home to more than 32 state-endangered plants which deer tend to find delicious, so by lowering the deer population, hunters can help to maintain habitat throughout each of the parks for all plants and animals.
Tippecanoe River State Park is among the parks chosen for the hunts. The other parks are Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Ouabache, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial.