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Page last updated on November 15, 2023 at 1:22 pm

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Steve Cotter, Natural Resources Manager, Parks and Recreation or 812-349-3736

Angela Van Rooy, Interim Communications Director, Office of the Mayor or 812-349-3505

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Closed for Deer Hunts Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3

Bloomington, Ind.—Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, 3400 N. Headley Rd., will be closed to the public for scheduled deer hunts Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3, beginning at 11 p.m. the Friday before the hunt through 5 a.m. the Monday after the hunt.

Only hunters who applied and were selected to participate in the hunt are permitted to hunt at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. The nature preserve remains closed to public hunting.

The goal of the annual deer hunts is to remove enough deer from the nature preserve to reduce deer browse pressure on understory plants and seedling trees to the point that these species are able to recover, and to continue reproducing within the preserve.

Parks and Recreation has actively managed the deer population at Griffy Lake with sharpshoots or hunts since 2017. See the deer harvest data, and plant height study results, online at

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