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November 17, 2009

Citations to hunters accompany start of deer season

It's open season on deer and their prolific numbers are resulting not only in more hunting accidents, but more collisions with vehicles, hunting officials say.

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Firearms season on deer began Saturday. In just two days the Indiana Department of Natural Resources issued 44 citations and 50 written warnings in Northwest Indiana, said DNR Public Information Officer Gene Davis.

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Three hunters were arrested over the weekend for shooting a robotic deer decoy from the road, he said.

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Of the 24 hunting accidents in Indiana last year 15 were from tree stand falls.

Porter County had one fatality last year from a hunter falling out of a tree stand.

Last month, Crown Point resident Robert Batcheller fell 14 feet and was severely injured with broken ribs, a bruised lung and back injuries while attempting to put up a tree stand, Davis said.

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