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July 2, 2014

Rick Bramwell: Deer quotas unchanged for Madison County

At this writing, I'm in San Francisco with my daughter Jourdan. She and I took the road trip of our lives, some 2,200 miles. I-80 was our route most of the way.

We crossed the northern most area that Rogers and Clark explored at the North and South Platt Rivers and where pioneers crossed mountains and deserts along the Oregon Trail. When you see the challenges you also see the heart and determination of our forefathers.

One 43-mile stretch of desert accounted for many lost livestock and human life. A full report next week.

Bonus antlerless county quotas have been set for the 2014 Indiana deer hunting season, with quotas being reduced in 19 counties (not Madison) and increased in four, according to the DNR.

The quota assigned to a county represents the number of antlerless deer a hunter may take in that county above the basic bag limits. A license is needed for each deer taken.

Determining bonus antlerless quotas is based on a variety of factors — crop damage reports, deer-vehicle collisions, deer-vehicle collisions per billion miles driven, and landowner and hunter surveys that measure individual satisfaction level with deer numbers per county.

"We also look at antlered and antlerless harvest and the proportion relative to each other, and we look at bucks killed per square mile of habitat," DNR deer management biologist Chad Stewart said.

Data collection starts immediately after each season's deer harvest numbers are tabulated.

Stewart develops his recommendations and provides the data to DNR district wildlife biologists for their input and recommendations. Indiana Conservation Officers also provide input.

Each recommendation is presented to a panel of administrators from DNR Fish & Wildlife and law enforcement. The panel reviews the three sets of recommendations to establish the bonus antlerless quota for each county.

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