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Patoka Sportsman 4-19 & 4-20-14

     According to Sam Whiteleather, DNR property Manager at Sugar Ridge FWA the first 5 days of this year’s spring turkey hunt will be a draw only.  Hunters may draw for 3-day period (April 23-25) or a 2-day period (April 26-27). Contact Sam for more information.   On Monday, April 26 the area has open hunting to all hunters.

Indiana’s spring wild turkey season opens with the youth hunt April 19 & 20.  The rest of us can hunt from April 23 through May 11.  Bag limit is one bearded or male turkey per hunter.  Turkey hunting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset. I spent some time this week scouting the areas I normally hunt and did see some toms strutting and hen activity.  The woods will be really open this year compared to the last two seasons.  Spring is definitely late this year.  You’ll really need to conceal yourself well with the lack of ground cover.

Indiana’s free fishing days are coming up April 19, May 17, and June 7-8.  Last year Hoosiers enjoyed four days of free fishing and family-friendly fishing events.  During the above dates Indiana residents do not need a fishing license to fish the state’s public waters.  Typically only youth 17 and younger and a few other special anglers are exempt from buying a license.  To help celebrate the free fishing days locations are planning fishing derbies, know tying and casting clinics and cleaning and cooking classes.  Some events require pre-registration so call your favorite property for details.  Individuals with special needs should contact the property at least 72 hours before the event.  Remember to get your license if you plan on fishing public waters this year.  The 2014 license is valid from April 1 through March 31, 2015.

The Annual DCSC fishing Derby in memory of Paul Klem will be on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8 AM till 12 Noon at the Huntingburg Conservation Club Lake. The club will co-sponsor with the Huntingburg Conservation Club.  All participants are responsible for providing their own bait and poles.  Club members will be available to teach proper knots and rigging the lines.  The event includes water/boating safety, lunch, and an awards ceremony.   Contact Dave Kreilein or Tim Jerger 630-8805 to sign up.

The next meeting for the DCSC is Monday, April 21 at 7PM at Fleigs in Ferdinand.  All members and prospective members are welcome to attend.  The agenda includes dinner, committee reports, nominations and voting for the Karl E. Kelley Camp candidates, discussions on the June 7 free fishing derby plans, nominations for various Executive Officers and Board Members.  Indiana Conservation Officers will also give their annual year in review and updates on 4-H shooting sports.  Information will also be shared about the upcoming Indiana spring turkey season.

Everyone is invited to come out for an Eagle open house on Saturday, May 10 from 11 AM to 3 PM to the meet the new ambassador bald eagle at Patoka Lake.  Refreshments and light snacks will be served.  There will be a kids craft station inside the Visitor Center where many eagle themed crafts can be made to take home.  A bald eagle and eastern screech owl will be in the backyard viewing shelters.  At 11:30 there will be  a prey predator game for the kids on the south lawn.  At 12:30 you can get your picture taken with the eagle and her handlers.  Donations will be gladly accepted for all photo opportunities and will go towards the care and well being of this young bald eagle.  At 1:30 there will be a short presentation on her journey from Alaska to Patoka Lake.

Did you ever wonder why are the gobblers always on your neighbor’s property and not yours? The answer to that could be a number of reasons. You must look at what a turkey needs and on the other hand, things a turkey doesn’t like, the solution may be easier than you think. Just like all wild critters, they need food, water, cover and space. What don’t they like? Pressure!

Look for:

  1. Food sources like CLOVERS, corn and CHUFA.
  2. Bugging habitat – mowed open areas or oftentimes your whitetail food plots create excellent bugging habitat. Grasshoppers can make up 80% of a young poults diet.
  3. A reliable water source – every living thing needs water to survive and wild turkeys will be found close to a dependable water source.
  4. Grit – this is something many managers are missing, but don’t realize it. An old stream bed, a gravel county road or a wash-out on a ridge side can all be great grit sources for your birds. They need these small pebbles to grind down food so that it is more easily digested. If you don’t have this habitat feature, simply bringing in a load of gravel and putting it out in several locations should suffice.
  5. Cover – somewhere nearby they will need nesting cover. Typically the same type of edge cover that whitetails love will be adequate. Native warm season grass areas are also desired nesting habitat.

Take to the woods.  Take to the fields.  Hunt the lands hunted by your father and your grandfather before you for the hunt is your true inheritance.

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 4-12 & 4-13-14

     According to Sam Whiteleather, DNR property Manager at Sugar Ridge FWA the first 5 days of this year’s spring turkey hunt will be a draw only.  Hunters may draw for 3-day period (April 23-25) or a 2-day period (April 26-27). Contact Sam for more information.   On Monday, April 26 the area has open hunting to all hunters.

Indiana’s spring wild turkey season opens with the youth hunt April 19 & 20.  The rest of us can hunt from April 23 through May 11.  Bag limit is one bearded or male turkey per hunter.  Turkey hunting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset. I spent some time this week scouting the areas I normally hunt and did see some toms strutting and hen activity.  The woods will be really open this year compared to the last two seasons.  Spring is definitely late this year.  You’ll really need to conceal yourself well with the lack of ground cover.

Indiana’s free fishing days are coming up April 19, May 17, and June 7-8.  Last year Hoosiers enjoyed four days of free fishing and family-friendly fishing events.  During the above dates Indiana residents do not need a fishing license to fish the state’s public waters.  Typically only youth 17 and younger and a few other special anglers are exempt from buying a license.  To help celebrate the free fishing days locations are planning fishing derbies, know tying and casting clinics and cleaning and cooking classes.  Some events require pre-registration so call your favorite property for details.  Individuals with special needs should contact the property at least 72 hours before the event.  Remember to get your license if you plan on fishing public waters this year.  The 2014 license is valid from April 1 through march 31, 2015.

The Annual DCSC fishing Derby in memory of Paul Klem will be on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8 AM till 12 Noon at the Huntingburg Conservation Club Lake. The club will co-sponsor with the Huntingburg Conservation Club.  All participants are responsible for providing their own bait and poles.  Club members will be available to teach proper knots and rigging the lines.  The event includes water/boating safety, lunch, and an awards ceremony.   Contact Dave Kreilein or Tim Jerger 630-8805 to sign up.

Many of you have seen or heard about the eagle cams where you can watch eagles in their nest.  Did you know that there is also a webcam where you can watch barn owls?  The DNR sponsored webcam is the first to focus on a state-endangered species with fewer than two dozen known nesting pairs in Indiana.  The goal of the webcam is to promote public interest in birds and raise awareness about efforts to support the barn owl.  Barn owls have nested at the webcam location in rural southern Indiana for the past seven years.  A pair has already begun roosting at the box this spring but has yet to lay eggs.  Barn own breeding season typically begins in March and April when a pair produces a clutch of 3-11 eggs.  Usually the strongest three to four chicks will survive and leave the nest at 8 to 10 weeks old.  The barn owl is one of more than 750 animal species including many rare and endangered animals supported by the DNR’s wildlife diversity program, which depends on donations.  You can donate by credit card on the DNR website.

The Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club is seeking nominations for this year’s Karl E. Kelly Camp.  This will be the club’s 16th year sponsoring and sending kids to the camp.  The camp will be held June 15-21.  Any club members with a child or grandchild going into the 5th or 6th grade (Fall 2014) are eligible for nomination. Please contact Tim Beck for more information about the camp.  Any interested club member is invited to serve as an observer on live-fire day on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  Only a few openings are left according to the DNR’s website.

The Turn In a Poacher program is offering an annual membership for $10 or a lifetime membership for $250.  TIP is a non-profit organization that protects our fish and wildlife resources by increasing public support and involvement in bringing violators to justice.  If you see, hear or learn about a poacher or another fish & wildlife violation you can call 1-8900-TIP-IDNR 24/7.  If your lead results in an arrest you may receive as much as a $200 reward.  You can remain anonymous.

 

Take to the woods.  Take to the fields.  Hunt the lands hunted by your father and your grandfather before you for the hunt is your true inheritance.

 

Patoka Sportsman 3-29 & 3-30-14

     Rural King in Jasper will host a hunter ed. Course on April 4 from 6 – 9:30 PM.  An Indiana Hunter Ed. Course will be held April 8, 10, 12 & 14 at the Graber Post Sports Complex in Odon. To sign up for any of the above Hunter Ed. Classes visit passitonindiana.com.

The Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club is seeking nominations for this year’s Karl E. Kelly Camp.  This will be the club’s 16th year sponsoring and sending kids to the camp.  The camp will be held June 15-21.  Any club members with a child or grandchild going into the 5th or 6th grade (Fall 2014) are eligible for nomination. Please contact Tim Beck for more information about the camp.  Any interested club member is invited to serve as an observer on live-fire day on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

According to Sam Whiteleather, DNR property Manager at Sugar Ridge FWA the first 5 days of this year’s spring turkey hunt will be a draw only.  Hunters may draw for 3-day period (April 23-25) or a 2-day period (April 26-27). Contact Sam for more information.   On Monday, April 26 the area has open hunting to all hunters.

Indiana’s spring wild turkey season opens with the youth hunt April 19 & 20.  The rest of us can hunt from April 23 through May 11.  Bag limit is one bearded or male turkey per hunter.  Turkey hunting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset.

I love springtime in Indiana.  It’s an awesome experience to be out in the woods this time of year listening for gobblers.  Watching the sun come up and the woods come alive makes me appreciate not only nature but life itself.

I’ve always thought that the spring turkey season in Indiana should be a week or two earlier.  Many years I’ve observed gobblers on the roost gobbling their heads off a week to a few days before season opens and then almost like magic when opening day arrives the birds are either roosting someplace else or gobble only sparingly and when they hit the ground they shut up.  My theory is that the hens are already on the nest and the gobblers are visiting those hens.  They really don’t need to gobble since they already know where the hens are.  This spring with our continued cold weather that might change.  I don’t know if the breeding season will have already started or not by the time April 23 gets here.  I know several hunters have already heard gobblers and seen them strut in the fields.  If you find yourself in this predicament here’s a tip that might help to get that call shy gobbler close enough for a shot.

Here are some great turkey hunting tips for tough gobblers you might encounter this year.  When a tom gobbles (and is out of sight) but refuses to come in, get up, move around in small circles while yelping and then walk directly away from the bird; calling the whole time. Go 30 to 50 yards and then shut up. Run back toward the bird, covering half the distance between the gobbler and your original position, set up and stay quiet. The tom, wanting to stay near the hen, will finally move, and you’ll be in position when it does.

Back off the volume of your calls. As a tom gets closer, it can hear you clearly. Calling loudly will simply spook it – like someone in the same room as you shouting instead of talking. Never call when turkeys are close enough to see your position. They can pinpoint where sound is coming from, and if they don’t see the hen they expect to see, they’re gonna be outta there.

If a gobbler begins to get nervous – raising its head and quickening its pace – but is already in range, it’s time to act. Even if the bird’s head is not obscured, adjust your aim slowly and deliberately toward the tom’s head and fire as soon as you get on target. Slow movements will not immediately spook a bird and will buy you a second or two to take your shot before the longbeard bolts.
For woods setups, go with hen decoys since they fold and carry easier. Set them where you can see them clearly, again only 15 to 20 yards away. Should the dekes cause the tom to hang up as he approaches, he should still be in range for a shot. A tom will mount a hen for breeding from the rear, so face a crouched breeding or feeding hen toward the hunter. Don’t face alert hen decoys toward the hunter as it can alert a tom to your position. And don’t use more than two or three hens – one is often enough. While a jake decoy can add some competition to the setup, never use more than one as jakes gang up on gobblers and can send a real bird scurrying.

If a tom is reluctant to gobble. Hit it with loud, excited cutts and yelps. If it starts responding, keep pouring it on until you work the bird into a frenzy. Don’t let up; keep the bird coming until he’s almost within sight. Only then should you go easy on calling to avoid being busted.
If a tom gobbles to every call but stays in place, hit him with a series of excited calls to work him into a frenzy and then go silent for at least 20 minutes. The idea that the hen has left could bring the longbeard looking.

Roost a gobbler the night before and get as close as you dare under cover of darkness the next morning so you’re the first hen the tom hears. As soon as he gobbles, hit him with a few soft tree yelps. Once he gobbles in response, be quiet. He knows you’re there. Just as it’s getting light, toss out a fly-down cackle combined with flapping your hat or a turkey wing to simulate a hen pitching down.
When roosted hens surround the tom you plan to hunt, wave your arms and spook them from their roost. If the hens scatter without scaring the gobbler, great – call from that spot. If he blows out of there, give him time to settle down and wait for a gobble. Then, slip in from a different direction and call him in.

Take to the woods.  Take to the fields.  Hunt the lands hunted by your father and your grandfather before you for the hunt is your true inheritance.

 

Patoka Sportsman 3-1 & 3-2-14

          Martin County 4-H Shooting Sports will sponsor an Indiana Hunter Education Course Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7 from 6-9:30 PM and Saturday march 8 from 8 AM to 4 PM at the Doverhill Christian Union Church located 4 miles N. of Shoals on Hwy. 450.  All instruction will be by Indiana Conservation Officers and certified Indiana Volunteer Hunter Ed. Instructors.  There is no charge for attending the class.  You can register online at www.passitonindiana.com.

An Indiana Hunter Ed. Course will be held at Sugar Ridge FWA on four consecutive Saturdays in March, March 8-29 from 2 PM to 4:30 PM each day.  All sessions must be attended to be eligible to take the test on the last day.  The Washington Conservation Club will host an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on March 18, 20, 22 & 25 at the Club located at 350 W. 150 S. in Washington.  Only 6 of 50 seats remain so if you live in the Washington, IN area you might want to go to passitonindiana.com to register.

Lincoln State Park Nature Center will host an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on March 25, 26 & 27.  Times are 6 PM to 9:30 PM each evening.  Lincoln State park is located near Santa Claus on SR 162.  Go 1.5 miles west on SR 162 to the park entrance on the south side of the highway.

Yellow Banks Recreation Area will host their Indiana Hunter Education class on March 29 and 30 from 8 AM to 1 PM each day.  Please contact Rodney Oxley with questions about this class at 812-760-8617.

Rural King in Jasper will host a hunter ed. Course on April 4 from 6 – 9:30 PM.  An Indiana Hunter Ed. Course will be held April 8, 10, 12 & 14 at the Graber Post Sports Complex in Odon.  Another Hunter Ed course will be held March 15 & 16 at the LA Sportsman located at 3266 Doerner Rd. in Lynnville, IN from 8 AM to 1 PM each day.  To sign up for any of the above Hunter Ed. Classes visit passitonindiana.com.

The Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club is seeking nominations for this year’s Karl E. Kelly Camp.  This will be the club’s 16th year sponsoring and sending kids to the camp.  The camp will be held June 15-21.  Any club members with a child or grandchild going into the 5th or 6th grade (Fall 2014) are eligible for nomination. Nomination forms will be available at the March 17 meeting at Happy Hour in Celestine.  Please contact Tim Beck for more information about the camp.  Any interested club member is invited to serve as an observer on live-fire day on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

The third annual 3D archery match sponsored by the St. Anthony Conservation Club will be held Sat., March 22.  Registration is from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Raffle and activities will run from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.  There is a $10 entry fee.  Anyone ten and under shoot for $5.  All shooters will be entered for a chance to win a food plot package.  An official scorer will be on site so bring your mount to get measured.  Breakfast sandwiches, burgers and drinks will be available.  There will also be vendor displays as well as new truck & ATV displays.  You can find the St. Anthony Conservation Club on Facebook or call 630-1670 for more information.

According to Sam Whiteleather, DNR property Manager at Sugar Ridge FWA the first 5 days of this year’s spring turkey hunt will be a draw only.  Hunters may draw for 3-day period (April 23-25) or a 2-day period (April 26-27). Contact Sam for more information.   On Monday, April 26 the area has open hunting to all hunters.

The Annual DCSC fishing Derby in memory of Paul Klem will be on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8 AM till 12 Noon at the Huntingburg Conservation Club Lake. The club will co-sponsor with the Huntingburg Conservation Club.  All participants are responsible for providing their own bait and poles.  Club members will be available to teach proper knots and rigging the lines.  The event includes water/boating safety, lunch, and an awards ceremony.   Contact Dave Kreilein or Tim Jerger 630-8805 to sign up.

The Head for the Hills Patoka Lake Triathlon will take place on Sat. Aug. 23 at 8:30 AM at Patoka Lake Beach.  All proceeds from this event will go to support Patoka’s non-releasable raptors a red-tailed hawk, eastern screech owl and bald eagle.  The Triathlon will feature a 500-yard swim in open water at the beach, a 12.8 mile bike ride along the paved roads within the property and a 5K run along groomed gravel roads and a paved bike trail.  Visit http://triathlons.dnr.in.gov/ for more information or call (812)685-2447.  If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring this event please contact the Race Director, Dana Reckelhoff at (812)685-2447 or by email at dreckelhoff@dnr.in.gov .

Take to the woods.  Take to the fields.  Hunt the lands hunted by your father and your grandfather before you for the hunt is your true inheritance.

Patoka Sportsman 2-8 & 2-9-14

     Indiana Conservation Officer Eric Doane, assigned to Martin County has won the District 7 Officer of the year award.  An officer is selected in each of the ten DNR Law Enforcement Districts throughout the state and one officer is selected for the James D. Pitzer award, named after Pitzer who was an Indiana conservation officer for 20 years before he was shot and killed in the line of duty while checking rabbit hunters in Jay County on January 1 1961.  Congratulations to officer Doane and good luck on your statewide nomination.

Broken Arrow Archery Club will host their first 30 target 3-D bow shoot of the 2014 season on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Beaver Lake off county road 325 E. Sign in will be from sun up until 12 PM EST.  Targets will be of all species and sizes.  A practice range and concessions are also available.  Entry fees are $12 for non-members, $10 for members and $8 for kids 11-17.  Bubs 10 and under and active duty military will shoot for free.  For more information or directions call 630-6156.

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “40″ Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, February 16th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the Main Entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – 1:00 p.m. Shooting fees are $9.00 for Active Members, $12.00 for Nonmembers & $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17), while Cubs (10 & younger) & Active Military shoot for Free. For more Information, Call: 812-639-7126.

The Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club will hold their next regular monthly meeting at 7 PM on Monday, February 17 at the Shamrock Café in Ireland.  All members are invited to attend for an informative and exciting evening. The main event on the agenda is the Annual Gun Raffle Summary.  This successful raffle is the club’s major fundraiser of the year. The doors open and the Wildgame / Fairchase hour starts at 6PM.  Members are encouraged to come early.  Other agenda items include dinner, committee and Indiana Conservation Officer’s reports.  Guest speaker Amanda Bradshaw-Burks will talk about the Patoka watershed and how to protect it through conservation practices.  All club members are ask to bring along a friend to see what the club is about.

The Ford 60th annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport 7 Travel Show is coming to the Indiana State Fairgrounds Feb. 14-23.  It’s the largest indoor event in Indiana and is the biggest sports show in the country.  There are hundreds of exhibitors and demonstrations as well as numerous special events scatter throughout the fairgrounds that will entertain everyone.            The 23rd Annual Indiana Motorcycle Exposition is also part of the Indy Boat Sport 7 Travel Show.  Dates are Feb. 14-16.  This show provides a wide variety of deals on motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, go karts, accessories and apparel.

The 17th Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Exposition dates are Feb. 20-23.  this show features the legends of Indiana, Deer Scoring, Indoor Archery Range, Gun Dog Demonstrations, hunting seminars and much more.  For tickets contact Renfro Productions at 877-892-1723 or go to their website renfroproductions.com.

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife wants to hear your ideas on fishing, hunting, trapping and other fish and wildlife related regulations in Indiana, including special permits.  From now until Feb. 28, you can use a convenient online form to contribute ideas and provide input on topics the DNR has identified for consideration.  Go to www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild.

You can help Indiana’s wildlife thrive by donating to the non-game fund. There are more than 750 endangered and non-game animals in Indiana that need help, including the trumpeter swan, barn owl and spotted turtle.  You can help one of three ways. Donate on your state tax form. Look for the eagle logo and line on your Indiana state tax form to donate all or part of your refund.  Donate online with your credit card. Donate directly to the program by check or money order.

The third annual 3D archery match sponsored by the St. Anthony Conservation Club will be held Sat., March 22.  Registration is from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Raffle and activities will run from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.  There is a $10 entry fee.  Anyone ten and under shoot for $5.  All shooters will be entered for a chance to win a food plot package.  An official scorer will be on site so bring your mount to get measured.  Breakfast sandwiches, burgers and drinks will be available.  There will also be vendor displays as well as new truck & ATV displays.  You can find the St. Anthony Conservation Club on Facebook or call 630-1670 for more information.

Indiana Conservation Officers have introduced Hoosier schools to a new discipline – target archery. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is being taught as part of the physical education curriculum in more than 300 Indiana schools and is affecting more than 50,000 students annually. The DNR Law Enforcement Division has certified more than 800 teachers as NASP instructors. Students participate by shooting a Genesis compound bow at an international competition scoring target. Students are given an opportunity to join competitive archery teams to represent their schools at tournaments across the state.

According to  Lt. Larry Morrison. “Archery teaches concentration, poise, relaxation and commitment to practice, which translates to a better student in the classroom.”  Indianapolis Public Schools will feature more than 260 students competing at the second annual IPS NASP qualifying tournament on March 8 at John Marshall Community High School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tournament is open to the public. Admission is charged.

Outdoor Education Coordinator Tim Beck says about 2,200 competitive shooters statewide are attempting to qualify for one the 1,600 spots at this year’s State NASP tournament.  The Indiana State NASP tournament will be at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Champions Pavilion on March 22.
For more information, visit indiananasp.com/

Take to the woods.  Take to the fields.  Hunt the lands hunted by your father and your grandfather before you for the hunt is your true inheritance.

Patoka Sportsman 2-1 & 2-2-14

     The Patoka Valley Limbhangers will hold their NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquet on Sat. Feb. 8 at the Ferdinand Community Center.  Doors open at 4:30 dinner starts at 6:30.  Ticket prices include $50 for a single, $65 for a couple, $265 for a sponsor, $275 for a sponsor couple.  Current members are $20 and Xtreme Jakes, which are kids 13-17 also get in for $20.  Early bird mega raffle tickets are available for $100.  With each early bird mega raffle you’ll receive $300 in mega raffle tickets and a free gun of the year chance.  To be eligible you must purchase or rsvp by Feb. 1.  Gun of the year raffle tickets are $20.For more information contact Dave Jellison at 639-0208.

The West Side Sportsman’s Club of Evansville will offer an Indiana Hunter Safety Course on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 9 from 8 AM till 2 PM each day.  Attendance both days is required for certification.  It’s open to the public and there is no charge for the course. The course is a minimum 10 hours, which covers topics dealing with hunter responsibility, firearms safety, water safety, tree stand safety issues, atv laws, archery and muzzleloader hunting, handguns, and wildlife management.   This course will meet the requirements for hunters born after Dec.31, 1986 that need a certification before they can purchase a hunting license. The course will be held at the West Side Sportsman’s Club which is at 1000 N Peerless Rd Evansville IN. Please bring writing utensils, refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required and limited to 35 participants. Go to http://inhea.com/PassItOnIndiana. Click on the Classic Course, type in your zip code and classes within 75 miles will be displayed. Scroll down to the West Side Sportsman’s Club; click on it to register for the class.

The Ford 60th annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport 7 Travel Show is coming to the Indiana State Fairgrounds Feb. 14-23.  It’s the largest indoor event in Indiana and is the biggest sports show in the country.  There are hundreds of exhibitors and demonstrations as well as numerous special events scatter throughout the fairgrounds that will entertain everyone.            The 23rd Annual Indiana Motorcycle Exposition is also part of the Indy Boat Sport 7 Travel Show.  Dates are Feb. 14-16.  This show provides a wide variety of deals on motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, go karts, accessories and apparel.

The 17th Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Exposition dates are Feb. 20-23.  this show features the legends of Indiana, Deer Scoring, Indoor Archery Range, Gun Dog Demonstrations, hunting seminars and much more.  For tickets contact Renfro Productions at 877-892-1723 or go to their website renfroproductions.com.

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife wants to hear your ideas on fishing, hunting, trapping and other fish and wildlife related regulations in Indiana, including special permits.  From now until Feb. 28, you can use a convenient online form to contribute ideas and provide input on topics the DNR has identified for consideration.  Go to www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild.

Mandatory registration for owners of snowmobiles and other outdoor recreational vehicles switched on Jan. 1 from being handled by the DNR to being handled by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Registration is valid for three years and must be renewed every three years thereafter, for $30. Registration may be done at mybmv.com or in person at a BMV branch.

You can help Indiana’s wildlife thrive by donating to the non-game fund. There are more than 750 endangered and non-game animals in Indiana that need help, including the trumpeter swan, barn owl and spotted turtle.  You can help one of three ways. Donate on your state tax form. Look for the eagle logo and line on your Indiana state tax form to donate all or part of your refund.  Donate online with your credit card. Donate directly to the program by check or money order.

The third annual 3D archery match sponsored by the St. Anthony Conservation Club will be held Sat., March 22.  Registration is from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Raffle and activities will run from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.  There is a $10 entry fee.  Anyone ten and under shoot for $5.  All shooters will be entered for a chance to win a food plot package.  An official scorer will be on site so bring your mount to get measured.  Breakfast sandwiches, burgers and drinks will be available.  There will also be vendor displays as well as new truck & ATV displays.  You can find the St. Anthony Conservation Club on Facebook or call 630-1670 for more information.

Take to the woods.  Take to the fields.  Hunt the lands hunted by your father and your grandfather before you for the hunt is your true inheritance.

 

 

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