Ind. Senate panel OKs high-fence deer hunting bill

A white-tailed deer peeks through the trees at the Cleveland Metroparks reservation in Strongsville, Ohio Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A legislative panel has approved a proposal that would allow fenced deer-hunting preserves around Indiana.

A state Senate committee voted 6-1 Monday to advance the bill to the full Senate. The proposal sponsored by Sen. Carlin Yoder of Middlebury would set annual state inspections and require those preserves be at least 160 acres.

The proposal comes after a southern Indiana judge ruled last fall that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources overstepped its authority by issuing an emergency order banning the deer-hunting preserves in 2005.

The Indiana House has approved bills the past two years to legalize five existing preserves that continued operating under a court injunction.

Those bills were blocked by Senate President Pro Tem David Long, who has said the high-fenced preserves don’t offer real hunting.

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