Five communities and one golf course are approved for funding from the Community Hunting Access Program (CHAP), which is designed to increase hunting access and reduce conflicts with white-tailed deer.
CHAP provides partners with financial and technical assistance to administer hunting programs in their area. Communities, homeowners associations, parks and other organizations are eligible to apply for CHAP funding.
The City of Bloomington, Duneland Beach Homeowners Association, Wesselman Woods Nature Society, select Central Indiana Land Trust properties, the Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy District, and the Indiana Oaks Golf Club will all receive funding through the CHAP program for the 2020-21 deer hunting season.
Funding for CHAP is made available from a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration grant supported in part by the sale of hunting, trapping and fishing licenses.
CHAP community partners determine when and where managed hunts occur and how many hunters can participate, and select the appropriate trained CHAP coordinator to administer hunting opportunities.
Hunters interested in CHAP can register for a possible opportunity to participate through the Deer Hunt Registry at on.IN.gov/deerhuntregistry.
For more information on CHAP, the grant application and the current trained CHAP coordinators list, see on.IN.gov/dnrchap.
To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.