Introduced by Sen. Scott Baldwin (R-Noblesville) with Sen. Michael Crider (R- Greenfield) and Sen. Chris Garten (R- Charlestown), SB 241 would force the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to write and adopt rules to establish a bobcat hunting season no later than July 1, 2025. This bill does not dictate the details, and DNR will be able to determine where, when, and how a season will be put in place.
Despite a lack of solid scientific data on bobcat population and geographic dispersion, the Senate is advancing this legislation. Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) offered two amendments requiring DNR to ensure that hunting, if started at all, would not be detrimental to a sustainable population of bobcats, but both were defeated.
Update (as of 2/14):
SB 241 has passed the House Natural Resources Committee.
Please contact your state rep. and urge them to oppose this legislation.