Indiana Deer Hunting
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Hunting Regs - Federal
Hoosier Deer Outlook -- Finding Trophy Bucks
We've all imagined what it would be like to harvest a
mature buck with a gargantuan set of antlers. In
Indiana, the chance at such a buck is a real
possibility. Of the three well-known components of
mature buck production -- genetics, age, and nutrition
--only one of the three has been lacking here in the
excellent soils of Hoosierland have always produced
great agricultural crops, in addition to creating highly
nutritious native forages, which in turn help our
whitetails to attain large antlers. The genetic
potential of our deer is also very high; a few of the
bucks harvested in the past rank right up there with
some of the top-scoring bucks taken in North America.
What the majority of our bucks have lacked in the past
has been the ability to reach maturity.
County records are falling like fresh snow. Several
of the top bucks harvested this past season are new
county records. Take young Charles Harvey's Delaware
County non-typical, which was harvested during the
second week of the November firearms season. This 202
1/8 monster shatters the old record by nearly 15 inches!
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