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Citations Affected: IC 14-22-6-1.5.

Synopsis: Ethical hunting. Provides that, beginning July 1, 2013, rules adopted by the natural resources commission concerning hunting must reflect the principles of ethical hunting and fair chase of the wildlife. Provides exceptions to the requirement.

Effective: July 1, 2013.


    January 8, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.


First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning natural and cultural resources.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 14-22-6-1.5; (13)IN0340.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 14-22-6-1.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 1.5. (a) This section does not apply to wildlife killed under any of the following conditions:
        (1) A wild animal killed under an order issued by the director under section 13 of this chapter.
        (2) A wild animal killed under a permit issued by the director under IC 14-22-28.

         (3) Wildlife:
            (A) that is legally killed; and
            (B) that is:
                (i) diseased;
                (ii) a nonnative invasive species;
                (iii) causing a danger to a human; or
                (iv) causing damage to property, a domestic animal, or native wild animals.
    (b) Beginning July 1, 2013, a rule adopted by the commission

concerning the hunting of a species of wildlife for which a hunting license issued by the department is required must reflect the principles of ethical hunting and fair chase of the wildlife, as determined by the commission. However, the principles reflected in a rule to which this section applies must include the following:
        (1) A hunter must shoot to kill, not wound, an animal. If an animal is wounded, the hunter must kill the animal as quickly as practical.
        (2) A hunter may not chase, herd, or shoot wildlife from a moving motorized vehicle.
        (3) Wildlife may not be hunted in an enclosed area that does not provide the animal with sufficient cover and a means to escape the hunt.
        (4) Wildlife that is raised domestically must be sufficiently acclimated to the wild before being hunted.