In the span of just two generations, the landscape of hunting in Indiana has changed. Family farms and other large properties have been sold off or carved into smaller parcels. The places many of us used to hunt are no longer available or more difficult to access.
In survey after survey, lack of time and access usually top the list of reasons people give for not hunting as much or not at all. Other factors certainly come into play, but those two are the biggest obstacles.
It would be easy to sit around and wring our hands over a tough situation, but we’re not. While we can’t do much about the demands someone has on his or her time, the Department of Natural Resources is tackling the other part of the problem. In 2013, our Division of Fish & Wildlife purchased about 2,700 acres that are now open to the public. You can read more about these new public lands. Scattered across 19 sites, the total package is equal to or bigger than six of our existing Fish & Wildlife Areas. And we’re not slowing down. We’ve got our sleeves rolled up and looking to do even more so that you have places to enjoy and one less reason not to get outdoors.
Cameron F. Clark
Director, Department of Natural Resources
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