Some area state parks will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 18 and 19, and Dec. 2 and 3.Local state parks affected are Versailles, Clifty Falls, and Whitewater Memorial. The state parks will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.Only individuals drawn last September and those listed on their applications may participate in the reductions. There will be no standby drawings at those parks.Other state parks affected include Brown County, Chain O’ Lakes, Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormicks Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, and Tippecanoe.DNR Biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the sate parks for all plants and animals.Information on next year’s state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at the DNR website. The application deadline is usually the end of August.
“We’re looking forward to seeing teams we see typically see once a year,” DiSilvestro said. “We hope to practice on Saturday so we’re excited to get back on the water besides competition on Sunday. This will be final tune up for conference and will be a good test for us before we head to conference May 19.” MACRA Website Story Links “Unfortunately this is going to be another regatta for us with no water practice before,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “We enjoyed a nice break for Easter and in a difficult year with so much extra rowing machine time it was a break from the grind we needed.” GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Drake University rowing team is set to compete at its final regular season regatta, the 2019 MACRA Championships, this Sunday, April 28. The one day event will be contested on the Grand River in Comstock Riverside Park. Drake will compete against clubs and teams from DePaul, Grand Valley State, Eastern Michigan, Marquette, Mercyhurst and Miami of Ohio. Drake will have boats entered in the varsity 8+, 2nd varsity 8+ and the varsity 4+ races. After MACRA, Drake will have a break before it travels to Princeton, N.J. on May 19 for the 2019 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship. Print Friendly Version