Fenced-in deer hunting bill defeated

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Senate has narrowly voted down a bill that would have legalized high-fenced preserves where farm-raised deer are hunted.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1yuqT3R ) that the Senate voted 27-23 on Tuesday. Similar legislation last year failed to pass the Senate by one vote. The measure would have legalized the preserves and set up licensing and inspection processes.

The preserves currently aren’t regulated in Indiana and the state appeals court has ruled the Department of Natural Resources overstepped its authority in trying to shut them down.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has appealed the case to the state Supreme Court on behalf of the DNR. It’s not clear if the high court will take the case.

The state’s four preserves have been operating under an injunction and without oversight.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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