Eighteen Indiana state parks will close temporarily later this month and in early December for deer reduction hunts. Mark your calendar: The D-N-R says the parks will close November 17th and 18th and December 1st and 2nd. The parks will close to the general public the evening before each of the two-day hunts and reopen the morning after the second day. The state parks affected include Potato Creek, Chain O'Lakes, Indiana Dunes and Pokagon. The DNR says the hunts help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain the habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.