Indiana retools deer hunting plans that upset hunters

FORT WAYNE, IN (AP) - Indiana's wildlife agency has released a revised set of suggested changes to the state's deer-hunting rules two months after dropping its original proposal amid an outcry by hunters.

The News-Sentinel reports that the new suggestions would leave Indiana's firearms and muzzle-loading seasons for deer at 16 days. Some deer hunters were unhappy with the state Department of Natural Resources' proposals released last year that included scaling back those seasons to nine days.

The DNR withdrew those proposals in November. Its new proposal goes before the Indiana Natural Resources Commission on Jan. 11.

The agency is under pressure to cut the size of the state's deer population because the animals are eating crops and native plant life and are involved in a large number of collisions with cars.

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