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No Grousing, Please: Natural Resources Commission Changes Hunting Rules

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The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has voted to end the hunting season of a game bird whose numbers have declined in recent years. The ruffed grouse is a chicken-sized bird native to Indiana, but Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom says it's become harder to find.

"I think in the last four years, out of 15 routes, our biologist who does that stuff on an annual basis has heard one drumming," Bloom says. "We need to do something to protect what ruffed grouse are left and go from there."

Bloom says the package of rules the Commission passed also contains a change to the way property owners approve private hunters bagging coyotes on their land and drops a proposal that would have put a bag limit on sunfish There’s more info on the changes at the DNR’s website.

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