Finding optimum tracts of land to hunt that aren't already covered with bootprints can be one of the most defeating aspects of preparing for deer season. Enter the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife. In order to aid hunters in making their fall plans, the hunting season dates will be released during the latter part of March-one of the earliest release dates of any Midwestern state. Lining up new hunting areas in spring is better for both hunters and landowners. Landowner/hunter relationships don't suffer as they do when a farmer's harvest is interrupted because he has to field a barrage of questions. And hunters can get an advance read on whitetail patterns. With a bit of snow still on the ground, herd movements can be monitored, noted and studied in preparation for opening day next fall. Contact: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife (317-232-4080).