When Dustin Huff of Greensburg, Indiana shot a whitetail deer on Nov. 4, 2021 that fell just 2 inches antler from the world record, he may have finally lifted the curtain on how good Hoosier deer hunting is. for real. Those of us from Indiana or those who have hunted the state for many years already knew that Indiana is home to giants. Now it seems like everyone else too.
Huff killed his money in southern Indiana. It doesn’t surprise me either, as the mix of farmland and deep forest provides the nutrients and cover the deer need to age and grow. The northern farmlands that dominate the landscape also produce huge deer each year, but there is far less cover for the deer to age. the southern half of the state where a significant amount of public land accommodates hunters.
Indiana is home to more public hunting grounds than I realize. The lion’s share of these public lands are located in the southern half of the state. Although there are many fish and wildlife areas in the northern part of the state that produce both large numbers and high quality animals year after year, these areas do not compare in size State Forests and National Forest of Southern Indiana. In addition, fish and wildlife areas in the North are often overcrowded, which creates high pressure on animals. The vastness of the southern forests allows hunters to spread out, giving deer a greater ability to avoid the constant pressure of hunters.
The Hoosier National Forest and many state forests provide access to hundreds of thousands of acres. There is no registration requirement. You can just go hunting. One of my favorite places to hunt is an area that has plenty of public land opportunities. It straddles Greene and Sullivan counties and is called The Greene-Sullivan.
What makes The Greene-Sullivan so special is the amount of public land available for those seeking outdoor recreation. Greene-Sullivan State Forest, Goose Pond FWA, Minnehaha FWA, Shakamak State Park, Redbird State Riding Area, and John Hillenbrand FWA all offer access public for outdoor recreation in the area. It’s not just public domain, of course. It is also the giant males that inhabit the region.
Yellowwood State Forest, located about 15 miles east of Bloomington on Highway 46, is a beautiful hardwood forest that would be a great place to try your hand at bow hunting deer. Hoosier. The property has a nice campground and a 133 acre lake full of fish. The arc season lasts less than eight months. There’s no better time than the present to start planning.
Indiana is a one-dollar state. A key point some will say is why males seem to get older and bigger. A non-resident deer permit costs $240 and can be purchased over the counter. It’s about half the price of other deer hunting homes in the Midwest, like Illinois and Iowa. Indiana is a destination you should consider for your next out-of-state deer hunting adventure.
See you on the trail…
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