The Indiana DNR Hunting & Trapping Guide is back.
Two years ago, the DNR chose to stop printing annual guides like this and replace it with online versions and a six-page flier that covered the basics—how and where to buy a license, season dates, bag limits, etc.
That decision saved the Division of Fish & Wildlife close to $100,000; much-needed funds that helped keep biologists employed and working in the field for the benefit of Indiana’s sportsmen and sportswomen.
As many of you know, significant rule changes for deer hunting go into effect this year. But the new deer rules were just one piece of a multi-year effort led by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission to comprehensively review and streamline rules pertaining to hunting, fishing and trapping.
Completion of this review and the changes that came out of it presented a challenge—how to ensure hunters were aware of and understood the new rules while providing helpful information in a cost-effective manner.
The DNR website was an option, but not everyone has access to a computer. And the six-page flier already was jammed with useful information.
That’s when we found a company that specializes in working with states to publish hunting and fishing guidebooks. The company—J.F. Griffin of Massachusetts—not only puts out a high-quality product but also at an affordable price.
In fact, Griffin’s business model gives us the best of both worlds—a full-blown printed guide for 80 percent less than what we spent on the last Indiana Hunting Guide in 2009-10, plus online versions (www.eRegulations.com/IN/hunting) if that’s what you prefer.
We hope you like it.
Robert E. Carter, Jr.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.