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Fish and wildlife rules public meeting
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The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on proposed
changes to Indiana's fish and wildlife administrative rules on Tuesday, Nov.
29 at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area near Edinburgh.

The DNR is proposing rule changes to help protect wildlife and ease fish and
wildlife rule enforcement. Legal and social concerns will also be discussed.

Proposed rule changes involve farmland hunting license exemptions used by
corporations and companies; deer tagging requirements; legal muzzleloaders
for deer hunting; coyote trapping season starting time; removal of the
bobcat, badger and river otter from the state's endangered species list;
Harvest Information Program registration for migratory bird hunters; mute
swans; groundhogs; tagging requirements for wild turkeys; special purpose
turtle possession permits for eastern box turtles; taxidermy licenses; fur
buyer licenses and wild animal possession permits for bobcats.

A summary of the rule changes that were preliminarily adopted by the Natural
Resources Commission, along with the proposed rule language, are available
at:
http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/about

The public hearing on Nov. 29 starts at 5 p.m. at Atterbury Fish and
Wildlife Area, 7970 South Rowe Street, Edinburgh, Ind. (Johnson County)

Written comments can be sent to:
Hearing Officer
Natural Resources Commission
402 W. Washington Street, W272
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Or send comments to:
[email protected]

Written comments must be received by Dec. 2.

The NRC will likely consider the rules for final adoption at their meeting
in January. A copy of the public hearing report will be available prior to
final consideration by the Natural Resources Commission in January at:
www.IN.gov/nrc

After approval by the attorney general and governor, final rule changes
would be effective in late spring 2006.

Individuals who need reasonable modifications for effective participation in
public meetings should call the DNR ADA Coordinator at (317) 232-4080 (voice
and TDD).

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Media contact,
Linnea Petercheff,
317-233-6527
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