Panel taking up legalizing fenced-in hunting preserves

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 proposal that would legalize Indiana’s high-fenced deer-hunting preserves could be on the move again in the state Legislature.

A Senate committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday on a bill that sets up a licensing and inspection process for Indiana’s four current preserves where farm-raised deer are hunted.

Those 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.

The House voted last month in favor of the proposal, but Senate President Pro Tem David Long put it on hold for House and Senate members to work in private on a possible compromise.

Long recently said he didn’t think simply legalizing the current preserves is a permanent solution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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