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Contact: Bruce Rowe, 219-395-1609
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: With the coming of the hunting season the National Park Service would like to remind the public that no hunting of any kind is permitted within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This prohibition applies, regardless of land ownership, to any property within the boundaries of the national lakeshore. It is the hunter's responsibility to ensure that they are not hunting within park boundaries, even if the boundary is not clearly indicated.
Hunting within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is prohibited under federal law (36 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 2.2). Anyone caught hunting in the national lakeshore may be charged with violating federal law, up to, and including, felony charges. Violators will be subject to the seizure and forfeiture of all equipment, including firearms, vehicles, stock, tack, and other equipment used during the hunting violation and will be required to appear before the U.S. Magistrate.
Hunters may not pursue, dress out, or transport legally wounded or killed animals that end up within park boundaries unless they are accompanied by a park ranger. Hunters should call 1-800-ParkTip to report any such incidents and to arrange for a ranger escort. Legally taken animals may not be stored overnight anywhere in the park, including campgrounds, parking lots, or any other visitor facilities. All park roads are closed to the transportation of lawfully taken wildlife, unless specifically approved in writing by a park ranger.
The National Park Service welcomes the public's assistance in helping to protect the park's wildlife. Illegal or suspicious hunting activity can be reported to the 1-800-ParkTip line 24 hours a day seven days a week. Reporting parties do not have to identify themselves and all reports are kept confidential.
For more information please call the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 219-395-1882 or the office of the Chief Ranger at 219-395-1644.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.