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CHAP Announces Successful Grant Applicants
Indiana Ag Connection - 07/15/2019

Three communities and one golf club are approved to receive funding from the Community Hunter Access Program (CHAP), which is designed to increase hunting access and reduce conflicts with white-tailed deer.

The successful applicants for 2019 awards are the City of Bloomington, Community of Duneland Beach, Wesselman Woods Nature Center, and the Indiana Oaks Golf Club. Acceptance of awards and recruitment of hunters is pending.

CHAP first issued grants in 2018 to three communities: Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy District, Central Indiana Land Trust at Oliver's Woods Nature Preserve, and Laura Hare Preserve at Blossom Hollow to assist with the cost of implementing managed hunts while providing new access for eligible deer hunters.

Funding for CHAP is made available from a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration grant supported in part by the sale of hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses.

Award determinations for communities are based upon available access for recreational hunting.

CHAP community partners determine when and where managed hunts occur, what hunters can participate, and which certified CHAP coordinator they may choose to use or contract.

Hunters interested in CHAP can register for a possible opportunity to participate through the new Deer Hunt Registry at

For more information on CHAP, the grant application and the current certified CHAP coordinators list, see

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