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Indiana allowing rifle hunting on public land despite law error

November 9, 2017

Indiana's wildlife agency says it will allow deer hunters to use rifles on state or federal property despite a legislative error that banned the use of such weapons.

The Department of Natural Resources said an emergency state rule will allow rifles during the firearms deer-hunting season that begins Nov. 18.

Rifle use was called into question because of a mistake in a bill approved by the General Assembly this year. Bill sponsor Republican Rep. Sean Eberhart of Shelbyville says it was meant to clarify rules regarding the use of high-velocity ammunition on private property.

Eberhart said he hopes to fix the law when the Legislature reconvenes in January. The DNR's emergency rule expires Feb. 1.

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