The deer population on the entire acreage of JPG is estimated at between 3,500 to 4,000 head. Typical body weights on mature bucks are 135 to 140 pounds, with some in the 170 to 200-pound range. As regards antlers, two nontypicals were taken during the 1997 hunting season with 21 and 19 points respectively. The overall success rate runs around 20 to 25 percent, with about 360 civilian hunters on base every year. Hunting begins with a three-day archery season from November 6 to 8, followed by two firearms seasons from November 20 to 22 and November 27 to 29. No handgun hunting is allowed. The total bag limit is two deer of either sex. Permits to buy a tag for this hunt are issued through a lottery that is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
To enter the lottery, you must have completed a state hunter safety education class. Next you must purchase a state deer license ($76.75 for non-residents), and then send the Division of Wildlife a completed "Reserved Hunt Application Card," which can be found in the annual Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide. This past year, the deadline to apply was September 11. The drawing is open on an equal basis to residents and non-residents. A total of 330 people applied for 120 archery permits. A total of 550 people applied for 240 firearms permits. If you are drawn, you are then able to hunt JPG with your one-deer license that you already bought before you applied, and you may purchase an additional "military" one-deer........(continued)