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To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

Press Releases

50 Sportsmen’s Groups Support Swift Action on Asian Carp Plan

50 hunting, angling, conservation and outdoor industry organizations submitted public comments today in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Tentatively Selected Plan (plan) to improve defenses at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes

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Indiana Wildlife Federation Receives Monarch Conservation Grant from Duke Energy Foundation

October 31, 2017

The Indiana Wildlife Federation is pleased to announce it has received an $8,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support monarch butterfly conservation efforts in the state of Indiana.

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150 Years of Indiana Wild Animal Protection and Management Practices Upset by State Court of Appeals

October 30, 2015  

The Indiana Court of Appeals handed down a flawed decision on February 2, 2015, suggesting that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) does not have authority to regulate any privately-owned wild animals.  The case was part of the decade-long fight over whether “canned hunting” of captive whitetail deer should be legalized in Indiana.  The appeals court was to decide whether current laws prohibit high-fenced hunting, “canned hunting,” after two lower courts issued conflicting decisions.

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Indiana Wildlife Federation adopts new policies to stop habitat destruction and bolsters its opposition to “Canned Hunting.

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2014

Contact:  Barbara Simpson, Executive Director, Indiana Wildlife Federation

Phone: 317-875-9453

Email: simpson@indianawildlife.org


Members of the Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) at their 2014 Annual Meeting approved two policy resolutions supporting “common sense conservation” of wildlife, and wildlife habitat in Indiana.  IWF opposes the construction of the proposed “Mounds Reservoir” near the headwaters of the White River in Anderson, and urges its full membership to also express their opposition.  Damming the White River as proposed would inundate approximately 10 miles of high quality, free flowing river and nearly 1000 acres of adjacent, forested lands.  Several valuable wetlands areas would be destroyed, including the entire Mounds Fen State Nature Preserve, which shelters this rare habitat type, and is currently protected by state law.  One-third of Mounds State Park, featuring a nationally recognized cultural site, would also be flooded.  Constructed around 160 BCE by indigenous peoples of eastern North America, the ceremonial mounds area was inhabited by the Hopewell culture centuries later.

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Conservation Groups File Brief in Canned Hunting Appeal

June 3, 2013
Contact:  Barbara Simpson, Executive Director Indiana Wildlife Federation
Phone: 317-875-9453
Email: simpson@indianawildlife.org

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Three of the leading statewide conservation organizations in Indiana, The Indiana Wildlife Federation, the Indiana Deer Hunters Association, and The Wildlife Society, Indiana Chapter, have filed an Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief supporting Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s appeal of the Harrison County Court decision that erroneously concluded canned hunting is legal and privately owned deer cannot be regulated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  

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