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Patoka Sportsman 9-27 & 9-28-14

Bats comprise almost one fourth of all mammals, yet they have not received the credit they deserve as major insect-controllers and pollinators. Over the years, bat species have been declining due mostly to habitat loss and White-nose Syndrome. But there is a way you can help! Join us at Patoka Lake Visitor Center on Sunday, October 5th at 1 p.m. to build your very own bat house! All materials will be provided just bring your family and friends.   Pre-registration is required due to limited availability. This program is open to the first 15 individuals or families to register. The cost of each bat house will be $20. Call the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at (812)685-2447 to pre-register today!

Discover the world of raptors at the Ferdinand Branch Library in Ferdinand, IN on Wednesday, October 8th at 4:30p.m. E.D.T. Enjoy a close up look at two LIVE special guests, an eastern screech owl and juvenile bald eagle! See the tools these birds would use to hunt and survive in the wild. Hear a fascinating story of a bird in captivity.   Join DNR Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalist for this exciting event for all ages.

Patoka Lake’s annual autumn getaway weekend is Friday, Oct. 17 and Sat. Oct. 18. All programs take place in the modern campgrounds at th shelter house and large red and white tents. On Friday October 17th Campers are encouraged to bring canned vegetables for Friendship Stew at 5p.m. to the modern campgrounds center shelterhouse. Naturalists & Volunteers will cook the stew and it will be ready to be served at 7p.m. Bring family & friends, lawn chairs, crackers, bowls and eating utensils. Join the naturalists as you gather around the campfire with Friendship Stew and afterwards at 7:30p.m. enjoy the Friends of the Night Campfire with a short night hike to follow.

On Saturday, October 18th from 9-11a.m. enjoy “Fall Family Fun” with crafts, activities and games. Bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. With paint and nature supplies provided (or bring your own), create your special jack-o-lantern for the pumpkin carving contest. Bring a pre-washed white cotton T-shirt for Tie-Dying, supplies provided. Kids can get their faces painted with Halloween or Fall decorations. Look for the tents in Campgrounds Section A near the gatehouse. At 11a.m. there will be a Dutch Oven Demonstration   by DNR volunteer, Ivy Shawler.   Ivy will discuss the do’s and don’ts of cooking with cast iron. Learn tips for cleaning and preparing your cast iron cookware and food preparation/ heating. Starting at Noon, sign up for the 12th annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off Competition. With Dutch ovens and supplies, create a dish from 12:30 – 3p.m.; to be judged as well as a 3:30p.m. sampling by the public. At 1p.m. join the Naturalists in preparing the 1st Annual Autumn Getaway Time Capsule. Bring something small to add to it before we seal it tight for 5 years! Then at 2p.m. discover how animals in Indiana prepare for winter. At 3:30p.m.,TASTE OF PATOKAoffers campers a taste of the Dutch Oven Cooking dishes & cast iron chili, prepared and served by DNR staff and volunteers. Bring a bowl or plate, silverware, & $2 donation to taste and judge these dishes. Bring your pets, in costume for the 5p.m. pet parade with a special guest grand marshall. Pets must be on a leash. Pet costume contest to follow.

Please have your campsites decorated by 3p.m. for the decorating contest.   Judges will make their way around the campgrounds starting at 3p.m. Campers 12 years of age and under invited to “Trick or Treat” from 5:30-7p.m. around the campgrounds.   There will be no vehicle traffic at this time for the safety of your children!

For more information regarding this special event, details of Dutch Oven Cook-Off, or other programs at Patoka, call the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at (812)685-2447.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) announced that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (Indiana DNR), Law Enforcement Division has become just the eighth agency in the country to meet the national standards of NASBLA’s Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program. The BOAT Program was created to ensure the readiness of law enforcement and emergency response boat crews throughout the country and is recognized by the United States Coast Guard as the national standard of training, typing and credentialing maritime law enforcement officers and emergency responders. Through the accreditation process, Indiana DNR’s training plans, means of documentation, maintenance of files and currency of qualifications in the areas of Basic Crew Member, Boat Operator for Search and Rescue, and Tactical Operations were assessed and found to be in perfect compliance with the national standards outlined in the NASBLA BOAT Program Manual. The agency will be formally recognized by the organization’s entire membership during the 55th NASBLA Annual Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine, October 16-19, 2014.

Indiana’s archery season begins October 1. The Hunters for the Hunter program will also start at the beginning of archery season and run throughout the deer season. Area hunters who would like to donate legally harvested deer can take them to Ferdinand Processing, Sanders Processing in Celestine, Cannelburg Processing or Ohio Valley Custom Deer Processing in English.   The processing fee will be paid for by the Dubois County Sportsman’s Club through a grant from the Sportsmans Benevolence Fund. Every hunter who donates a deer is eligible to win a gun compliments of Dr. Greg Gordon and Jasper Optical Lab. They will also be entered into a drawing for a Honda TRX 4 X 4 ATV compliments of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry and Dubois County Sportsman’s Club. Make sure you sign the deer donation log at any of the above processors. You can increase your chances of winning by donating more than one deer. Each time you donate you get an entry.

Patoka Sportsman 9-20 & 9-21-14

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day at Patoka Lake Visitor Center on Saturday, September 27th from 9a.m. -2p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.   Come out to enjoy archery shooting from 9am – 2p.m. Enter your kids in the 9:30a.m. fishing pole casting contest.   Prizes will be awarded! 10:30a.m. Learn all about surviving in the wild during our Wilderness Survival 101 Course. At 11a.m. Learn to cook wild game with Carey Ellis, Patoka Maintenance Foreman during the Wild Game Cookout. Then taste Carey’s wild game delicacies at 12p.m. during Taste of the Wild. Finally at 1p.m. join a presentation ‘Predators of the Sky’ to learn about birds of prey with two LIVE special guests. Meet Patoka Reservoir Biologist, Todd Eubank to hear about an exciting project for building and placing Wood Duck boxes around the reservoir to attract more birds to nest at Patoka and how you get involved.   Looking for a creative way to introduce kids to the world of hunting and fishing? This is a great program for anyone interested in enjoying and learning more about the outdoors! Bring the entire family out for a fun filled day outdoors! Discover where you can hunt and fish at Patoka.

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “40″ Target 3-D Shoot, which will include “36″ Deer & “4″ Turkeys on Sunday, September 21st 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.
Indiana Conservation Officers are encouraging citizens to partner with the Turn in a Poacher (T.I.P) program and become active in putting an end to poaching. T.I.P. is a non-profit organization that originated in 1983 for the purpose of paying rewards to promote public involvement and assistance to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement effort. TIP is administered by a citizen’s advisory board consisting of members that represent many different sportsmen organizations. Since 2011 TIP has received 1,388 tips and has paid $13,100 in rewards for tips that have led to the arrest of a suspect. TIP was instrumental in funding the beginning of the nationally recognized K-9 resource protection program for the Indiana DNR Law Enforcement Division.
Interested citizens may join TIP by visiting their website at http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/2745.htm

Patoka Lake’s annual autumn getaway weekend is Friday, Oct. 17 and Sat. Oct. 18.   All programs take place in the modern campgrounds at th shelter house and large red and white tents. On Friday October 17th Campers are encouraged to bring canned vegetables for Friendship Stew at 5p.m. to the modern campgrounds center shelterhouse. Naturalists & Volunteers will cook the stew and it will be ready to be served at 7p.m. Bring family & friends, lawn chairs, crackers, bowls and eating utensils. Join the naturalists as you gather around the campfire with Friendship Stew and afterwards at 7:30p.m. enjoy the Friends of the Night Campfire with a short night hike to follow.

 

On Saturday, October 18th from 9-11a.m. enjoy “Fall Family Fun” with crafts, activities and games. Bring your own pumpkin and carving tools. With paint and nature supplies provided (or bring your own), create your special jack-o-lantern for the pumpkin carving contest. Bring a pre-washed white cotton T-shirt for Tie-Dying, supplies provided. Kids can get their faces painted with Halloween or Fall decorations. Look for the tents in Campgrounds Section A near the gatehouse. At 11a.m. there will be a Dutch Oven Demonstration by DNR volunteer, Ivy Shawler. Ivy will discuss the do’s and don’ts of cooking with cast iron. Learn tips for cleaning and preparing your cast iron cookware and food preparation/ heating. Starting at Noon, sign up for the 12th annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off Competition. With Dutch ovens and supplies, create a dish from 12:30 – 3p.m.; to be judged as well as a 3:30p.m. sampling by the public. At 1p.m. join the Naturalists in preparing the 1st Annual Autumn Getaway Time Capsule. Bring something small to add to it before we seal it tight for 5 years!   Then at 2p.m. discover how animals in Indiana prepare for winter. At 3:30p.m.,TASTE OF PATOKAoffers campers a taste of the Dutch Oven Cooking dishes & cast iron chili, prepared and served by DNR staff and volunteers. Bring a bowl or plate, silverware, & $2 donation to taste and judge these dishes. Bring your pets, in costume for the 5p.m. pet parade with a special guest grand marshall. Pets must be on a leash. Pet costume contest to follow.

Please have your campsites decorated by 3p.m. for the decorating contest.   Judges will make their way around the campgrounds starting at 3p.m. Campers 12 years of age and under invited to “Trick or Treat” from 5:30-7p.m. around the campgrounds.   There will be no vehicle traffic at this time for the safety of your children!

For more information regarding this special event, details of Dutch Oven Cook-Off, or other programs at Patoka, call the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at (812)685-2447.

Bats comprise almost one fourth of all mammals, yet they have not received the credit they deserve as major insect-controllers and pollinators. Over the years, bat species have been declining due mostly to habitat loss and White-nose Syndrome. But there is a way you can help! Join us at Patoka Lake Visitor Center on Sunday, October 5th at 1 p.m. to build your very own bat house! All materials will be provided just bring your family and friends.   Pre-registration is required due to limited availability. This program is open to the first 15 individuals or families to register. The cost of each bat house will be $20. Call the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at (812)685-2447 to pre-register today!

Discover the world of raptors at the Ferdinand Branch Library in Ferdinand, IN on Wednesday, October 8th at 4:30p.m. E.D.T. Enjoy a close up look at two LIVE special guests, an eastern screech owl and juvenile bald eagle! See the tools these birds would use to hunt and survive in the wild. Hear a fascinating story of a bird in captivity.   Join DNR Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalist for this exciting event for all ages.

 

Patoka Sportsman 9-6 & 9-7-14

The Patoka Valley Limbhangers will host a Jake’s Day on Saturday, September 13 from 10 AM to 3 PM at OFS Cool Springs in Velpen. The event is open to all interested youth under the age of 17.   Lunch and all materials needed for target shooting will be provided. There will be several prizes and drawings for participants including a free gun and a Southern Indiana Spring turkey Hunt. Jake’s Day is a day for youth to explore the outdoors through fun events which help to teach hunting safety and ethics, hunting strategies, principles of habitat management and sportsmanship. There wil be stations teaching hunting safety, how to use turkey calls, BB gun shooting, trap shooting with shotgun, youth fishing and archery. There will also be trapping demonstrations, an Air Evac helicopter landing and the Dubois County K-9 Unit will be doing demonstrations. Jake’s Day is free but you are asked to bring one canned food item.   A parent or guardian must be present with participant. Please register by Saturday, Sept. 6 by contacting Dave Jellison at 812-639-0208 or email drjellison@gmail.com.

The 13th annual “Wheelin’ IN the Fish” will be held at Osborn Boat Ramp, Patoka Lake on Saturday, September 20th from 10a.m. – 2p.m. This free fishing event promotes the accessible features of Patoka Lake for participants with special needs and their families. Whether confined to a wheelchair or any other circumstance that doesn’t allow them to live alone, bring those folks out to join us for FREE fishing, FREE boat rides and FREE lunch!  If you work for a nursing home, group home, or in home health service- (or have family members in one of these facilities) get your patrons outdoors and into the fun!!  Everything they need will be provided from fishing poles to tackle and refreshments too. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Patoka Bass Anglers, and Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living (SICIL) host this annual event. Bring lawn chairs and sunscreen to enjoy the day at Patoka Lake. Certificates and door prizes will be awarded to all participants! Osborn Boat Ramp is located off Highway 145 just 2 miles north of the State Rd. 164 intersection and 14 miles south of French Lick, Indiana. Watch for the signs. For more information call the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at (812)685-2447.

There will be an Indiana Hunter Education course on Friday, Sept. 12 from 5:45 PM to 9:30 PM and Saturday Sept. 13 from 7:45 AM until 4:30 PM at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds. Both days must be attended to complete the course. Lunch will be provided on Saturday or you may bring a snack lunch. Anyone born after December 31, 1986 is required to be certified in Hunter Education before they can purchase a hunting license.

Broken Arrow Archery Club will host its final 30 target 3d shoot for 2014 on Sunday Sep. 14th at Beaver Lake in Jasper off county road 325E. Now is the time to dust off the bow and start practicing for the upcoming deer season. Plan to join us and bring the whole family. All targets will be mostly deer with other large targets mixed in. Sign in will be from sun-up until 12:00pm EST. A practice range is available. Concessions will also be available. Entry fees are $12.00 for nonmembers, $10.00 for members and $8.00 for kids 11-17. Cub class 10 and under and active duty military will continue to shoot for free. From Jasper take HWY 164 east toward Celestine until you come to CR325E on left. (Look for sign). Turn left and follow 325E to club house on right. Any questions or additional directions needed please call 812-630-6156.

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day at Patoka Lake Visitor Center on Saturday, September 27th from 9a.m. -2p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.   Come out to enjoy archery shooting from 9am – 2p.m. Enter your kids in the 9:30a.m. fishing pole casting contest.   Prizes will be awarded! 10:30a.m. Learn all about surviving in the wild during our Wilderness Survival 101 Course. At 11a.m. Learn to cook wild game with Carey Ellis, Patoka Maintenance Foreman during the Wild Game Cookout. Then taste Carey’s wild game delicacies at 12p.m. during Taste of the Wild. Finally at 1p.m. join a presentation ‘Predators of the Sky’ to learn about birds of prey with two LIVE special guests. Meet Patoka Reservoir Biologist, Todd Eubank to hear about an exciting project for building and placing Wood Duck boxes around the reservoir to attract more birds to nest at Patoka and how you get involved.   Looking for a creative way to introduce kids to the world of hunting and fishing? This is a great program for anyone interested in enjoying and learning more about the outdoors! Bring the entire family out for a fun filled day outdoors! Discover where you can hunt and fish at Patoka.

Twenty-five southern Indiana residents face charges following multiple illegal ginseng investigations by Indiana Conservation Officers. During the past month, conservation officers targeted ginseng violations in Operational District Eight, and arrested or cited individuals in Clark, Harrison, Martin, Orange, Scott, and Washington Counties.  Acting on tips, conservation officers executed multiple search warrants and seized several pounds of illegal ginseng. Additionally, several illegal drugs were seized and a stolen handgun was recovered. Indiana Conservation Officers utilized their K-9 units to track suspects and locate evidence, in addition to conducting surveillance throughout these investigations. Several leads were developed and investigations are continuing. Wild Ginseng is a plant sought for its root, valued anywhere from $500 to $1000.00 per pound, which is then sold to licensed dealers, who often export it to other countries. Legal ginseng harvest season runs from September 1 to December 31, and harvest restrictions also apply; Visit https://secure.in.gov/dnr/naturepreserve/8235.htm for more information on ginseng regulations.
Citizens are urged to report natural resource violations by calling Indiana Conservation Officers’ Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536, or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-TIPIDNR.

 

Patoka Sportsman 8-16 & 8-17-14

     Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 23rd at 8:30a.m.  Head for the hills and race for a cause.  All proceeds from this event will go to support Patoka’s non-releasable raptors; a red-tailed hawk, eastern screech owl and bald eagle.  Swim 500 yards in open water at the beach.  Bike 12.8 miles along ‘hillacious’ paved roads within the property.  Run a 5K 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’d like to volunteer to help.

The August meeting of the DCSC has been changed to August 25 due to a scheduling issue.  The St. Anthony conservation club has prior commitment with the 35th Annual mustang and all ford car show and celebration of the 50th mustang’s birthday bash held August 16-18 at the club.  Members are encouraged to share this information with other DCSC members.

A Patoka Lake Dam & tower tour will be offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday, August 30th at 10 a.m.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. E.D.T. at the Patoka Lake Visitor Center to car caravan to the Patoka Lake Dam or meet us at the Dam off Highway 545.  Discover the detailed operations of reservoir management for flood control as the guide takes you inside the actual Dam Tower structure!  You’ll learn how the lake level and spring flooding is controlled and who built the Patoka Reservoir & Dam in the 1970s?

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is searching for volunteers. The event will take place at Fort Harrison State Park in Indy Sept. 20-21.  This free family friendly even offers more than 50 different outdoor activities and runs from 10 AM to 6 PM each day.  Volunteers will be assigned to help in five hour shifts with one of the many on-site activities such as fishing, mountain biking, canoeing, archaeological dig and lots of other areas.  Call 317-233-1002 if you’d like to volunteer.

Spring Mill State Park is having a children’s outdoor weekend August 23-24 featuring two days of games, crafts and fun.  You can meet a conservation officer, take a hike with a naturalist and even go on  a creek stomp.

Many of The Dept. Of Nat. Recourses reserved hunt applications are open through Aug. 25. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the species they intend to hunt. If you do not receive a confirmation email that you’ve applied, you have not completed the application.

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a 40 Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, August 17th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration is from 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.

Patoka Sportsman 8-9 & 8-10-14

 

Broken Arrow Archery Club will host a 30 target 3d shoot Sunday Aug. 24th at Beaver Lake in Jasper off county road 325E. This shoot will be a warm up for the upcoming deer season. All targets will be set up to offer a quartering shot. Sign in will be from sun-up until 12:00pm EST. A practice range is available. Concessions will also be available. Entry fees are $12.00 for nonmembers, $10.00 for members and $8.00 for kids 11-17. Cub class 10 and under and active duty military will continue to shoot for free. From Jasper take HWY 164 east toward Celestine until you come to CR325E on left. (Look for sign). Turn left and follow 325E to club house on right. Any questions or additional directions needed please call 812-630-6156.

Registration is open for a free DNR program that teaches participants how to hunt white-tailed deer in Indiana.  Hunt, Fish, Eat starts Aug. 19 in Indianapolis and Aug. 27 in Bloomington. The program is a four-session series, with an optional fifth session. Sessions are once a week and offer hands-on learning in a safe environment. Hunt, Fish, Eat helps new hunters ages 18 and older to improve their self-reliance skills and to learn to harvest a delicious source of fresh, local meat.
Curriculum will focus on laws and regulations, firearms and safety, locating a hunting spot, tracking and field dressing your harvest, and handling and preparing your venison for the table. Each session includes an opportunity to sample venison recipes from instructors and examine a variety of hunting gear and resources. Participants should attend all sessions. All equipment is provided.  Register at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/7548.htm or call Michelle Cain at 317-234-8240.

Help remove trash and debris from the shores of Patoka Lake on Saturday, September 6th from 8 am – 12 p.m.  Trash pickup will begin at two locations; Hoosier Hills Marina and Painter Creek Boat Ramp.  All participating volunteers will be rewarded with a FREE fish fry at Hoosier Hills Marina starting at Noon.  Sign-in begins at the ramps at 8 a.m. All participants will enjoy free boat rides to and from their cleanup locations.  They will also gain free entrance to the property for the day for their work efforts.  Volunteers should wear sturdy walking shoes.  All supplies will be provided, just bring your friends and family!

 

Patoka Sportsman 8-2 & 8-3-14

Patoka Lake’s Bird Banding Experience will take place on Saturday, August 9. Meet at the Visitor Center to get a close up look of song birds as the staff catches, bands and releases these amazing animals. Join Dr. Jerry Sweeten of Manchester University for this special experience giving you a look into color differentiation, why birds are banded and learn their songs. Make sure you bring your camera and binoculars.

Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 23rd at 8:30a.m. Head for the hills and race for a cause. All proceeds from this event will go to support Patoka’s non-releasable raptors; a red-tailed hawk, eastern screech owl and bald eagle.   Swim 500 yards in open water at the beach. Bike 12.8 miles along ‘hillacious’ paved roads within the property. Run a 5K 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’d like to volunteer to help.

Broken Arrow Archery Club will host a 30 target 3d shoot Sunday Aug. 10th at Beaver Lake in Jasper off county road 325E. This shoot will be a warm up for the upcoming deer season. All targets will be set up to offer a quartering shot. Sign in will be from sun-up until 12:00pm EST. A practice range is available. Concessions will also be available. Entry fees are $12.00 for nonmembers, $10.00 for members and $8.00 for kids 11-17. Cub class 10 and under and active duty military will continue to shoot for free. From Jasper take HWY 164 east toward Celestine until you come to CR325E on left. (Look for sign). Turn left and follow 325E to club house on right. Any questions or additional directions needed please call 812-630-6156.

The August meeting of the DCSC has been changed to August 25 due to a scheduling issue. The St. Anthony conservation club has prior commitment with the 35th Annual mustang and all ford car show and celebration of the 50th mustang’s birthday bash held August 16-18 at the club.   Members are encouraged to share this information with other DCSC members.

A Patoka Lake Dam & tower tour will be offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday, August 30th at 10 a.m. Meet at 9:30 a.m. E.D.T. at the Patoka Lake Visitor Center to car caravan to the Patoka Lake Dam or meet us at the Dam off Highway 545. Discover the detailed operations of reservoir management for flood control as the guide takes you inside the actual Dam Tower structure! You’ll learn how the lake level and spring flooding is controlled and who built the Patoka Reservoir & Dam in the 1970s?

The Indiana State Fair runs August 1 through the 17. You can check out large aquariums filled with Indiana fish, see a snake or two and view live raptors at the amphitheater. The DNR building is one of the few with air conditioning and it also houses the best information, animals and fun. While you’re cooling off inside the DNR building pick up the latest recreation guide, fishing guide, hunting & trapping guide, boating guide, off-road vehicle guide and lots of other great information. The kids fishin’ pond is open daily for all children ages 5-17 and they can fish for free.

 

 

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is searching for volunteers. The event will take place at Fort Harrison State Park in Indy Sept. 20-21. This free family friendly even offers more than 50 different outdoor activities and runs from 10 AM to 6 PM each day. Volunteers will be assigned to help in five hour shifts with one of the many on-site activities such as fishing, mountain biking, canoeing, archaeological dig and lots of other areas. Call 317-233-1002 if you’d like to volunteer.

Spring Mill State Park is having a children’s outdoor weekend August 23-24 featuring two days of games, crafts and fun. You can meet a conservation officer, take a hike with a naturalist and even go on a creek stomp.

Any woman interested in learning about archery in a relaxed and friendly environment is invited to a free women’s archery event on Aug. 16 in Bloomington. Hands on practice will involve popular archery games and fund competitions for small prizes. All equipment will be provided. There will be two sessions from 8 AM to noon and from 2-6 PM at the Bloomington Field Office at 5596 E. State Road 46.

Many of The Dept. Of Nat. Recourses reserved hunt applications are open through Aug. 25. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the species they intend to hunt. If you do not receive a confirmation email that you’ve applied, you have not completed the application.

 

Patoka Sportsman 7-26 & 7-27-14

Everyone is invited to stop by the DNR building at the Indiana State Fair Fishin’ Pond Aug. 1-17. You can learn about animals, enjoy programs, meet the DNR staff and cool off from the heat.   Check out the large aquariums filled with fish you’ll find in Indiana waters, see a snake or two and view live raptors at the amphitheater. If you’re interested in volunteering for the State Fair Fishin’ Pond you’ll get a free fair ticket and t-shirt.

Applications for many reserved hunts started July 1, including state park deer reduction hunts, military refuge deer hunts, dove hunts and other gamebird or small game hunts on DNR properties. To apply an applicant must possess a valid hunting license for the species they intend to hunt.

In July the DNR wildlife staff will be banding doves, ducks and Canada geese. Biologists will determine the age and sex of each bird. A small metal band is affixed to the leg of the bird. These bands do not injure or impair the birds and will remain on for life. Hunters will occasionally harvest these banded birds and relay the information back to the bird banding lab through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Important data about migration patterns, longevity and population dispersal is determined by these band recoveries.

Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday is on Saturday, August 2nd and the Patoka Lake Visitor Center is celebrating from 10 a.m. – 12 pm. Bring family and friends and enjoy activities and fun for all ages. Bring a camera and take pictures with Smokey Bear. The Orange County Southeast Township Volunteer Fire Department will give a special demonstration & presentation that is sure to inform and entertain all ages. Kids get a free Personal Identification Card with fingerprints to take home for child safety! Play games and make a special craft to take home.

Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 23rd at 8:30a.m. Head for the hills and race for a cause. All proceeds from this event will go to support Patoka’s non-releasable raptors; a red-tailed hawk, eastern screech owl and bald eagle.   Swim 500 yards in open water at the beach. Bike 12.8 miles along ‘hillacious’ paved roads within the property. Run a 5K along groomed gravel roads and a paved bike trail. Visit http://triathlons.dnr.in.gov/ for more information or call (812)685-2447.

Officials in Indianapolis are considering whether to allow deer hunting in the city-owned park along Eagle Creek Reservoir due to damage the animals are causing to the vegetation in the park. Bloomington city officials this spring decided to allow sharpshooters to kill deer in a city-owned nature preserve. Michael Jenkins a Purdue University forest ecologist found in a city-paid study that the Eagle Creek park deer are changing the plant ecology by stripping the land of certain species such as wildflowers and leaving others such as garlic mustard and Japanese stilt grass. State Dept. of Nat. Resources officials recommend hunting as the cheapest and most effective method of culling a deer population.   Scott Manning a spokesman for the city’s Office of Sustainability said options are being considers, one of which is hunting in the 3,900 acre park but that decision would follow significant discussions with park users and nearby residents. In May the Bloomington parks board approved a $31,000 contract for sharpshooters to kill up to 100 deer in the 1,200 acre Griffy Lake nature preserve during scheduled hunts starting in November. The hunts were allowed after the Bloomington City Council voted 7-2 to override a veto by mayor Mark Kruzan. Manning said any plan for deer hunting at Eagle Creek Park would need to be approved by the city parks board. The Indianapolis City County Council would also need to make an exception to an ordinance that prohibits hunting in any city park. Could other cities follow suite? We’ll have to wait and see.

The August meeting of the DCSC has been changed to August 25 due to a scheduling issue. The St. Anthony conservation club has prior commitment with the 35th Annual mustang and all ford car show and celebration of the 50th mustang’s birthday bash held August 16-18 at the club.   Members are encouraged to share this information with other DCSC members.

 

Patoka Sportsman 6-28 & 6-29-14

Enjoy a fireworks display at the Patoka Lake Beach on Saturday, July 5th presented by Visit French Lick West Baden. The fireworks will start at dark.   Bring along your family and friends, lawn chairs, blankets, refreshments, and bug spray. Already camping at Patoka this weekend? Then there is no need to drive down to the beach. Just go to section C of the Modern Campground for your own viewing area of the fireworks display. Arrive early to get the best seats! WITZ AM/FM radio will be providing music to watch fireworks. Come out and enjoy this spectacular show over the waters of Patoka!

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “40″ Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, June 29th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Shooters should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – 1 p.m. Shooting fees are $9.00 for Active Members, $12.00 for Nonmembers & $5.00 for youth (age 11-17), while Cubs & Active Military shoot for Free. For more information, Call: 812-639-7126.

Anglers can find out what fish are biting in a certain lake on what bait by looking online at the updated DNR fishing reports. The website is www.dnr.in.gov/fishwild/8270.htm. The new look splits the state into three zones north, central and south. Each zone can be clicked on an interactive map to see all lake reports in that region. A dropdown list of lakes in the system is also available to allow quick specific searches. The information will be updated toward the end of every week so anglers will have current information for each weekend.

As Hoosiers gear up for trips to the pool, beach, rivers and lakes, the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) remind parents and guardians to make water safety a priority this summer. Families are encouraged to make sure that both adults and children have the knowledge, skills and equipment they need to be safe in and around water.    DNR reports 28 open water drownings so far in 2014 with 12 of the victims being 18 years old or younger.
It’s important for parents and guardians to watch what their children are doing in and around the water even when lifeguards are present. Boaters are reminded to practice safe and responsible boating, always wear a life jacket and be alert while on the water.

Conservation Officers will visit popular boat ramps this summer to highlight the need to wear a life jacket. By educating the public, WEAR IT Indiana’s goal is to reduce or eliminate the loss of life from drowning in the Hoosier state. Wear a lifejacket and share your photos on the DNR Facebook page using the hashtag #WearItIndiana. Conservation Officers will be randomly giving away Wear It gear to people who post their pictures using the hashtag.

This is the time of year that many hunters plant food plots for wildlife.   Many of the most attractive plantings for whitetails end up also being some of the most nutritious too. Timing and placement dictate when and how they will be used from north to south. While there are dozens of crops that can be attractive to whitetails besides corn and soybeans. Perennials such as red and white clovers, chicory and alfalfa are known for providing nutrition for much of the year.
Cereal grains like oats and wheat are high in carbohydrates and provide en energy going into the rut. While cereal grains can be short lived compared to other crops, they are very attractive during their first stages of growth.   Brassicas may be the best deer food God has ever created. These plants average 36% crude protein, over 80% total digestible nutrients and yield more than any other whitetail planting. Brassicas like radishes, rape, canola and turnips contain very high levels of starch, which cold temperatures turn to sugar. There are many commercial products on the market that you can get that can supplement your corn, soybeans and other grains or grasses that you plant. Prepare your soil, get a soil sample, fertilize and spray pesticides so your food plot will attract whitetails this fall.

Patoka Sportsman 6-21 & 6-22-14

 

Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area is offering an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on June 23, 24, 26 & 27 from 9 AM to 11:30 AM each day. Attendance each day is required for certification. 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 Sugar Ridge main office located at 2310 East State Rd. 364 south of Winslow in Pike County. Attendees will need to bring writing utensils and refreshments. Pre-registration is required and the class is limited to 35 students. Go to www.inhea.com/passitonindiana to register. Click on the classic course and type in your zip code and classes within 75 miles will be displayed. Scroll down to the Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area and click on it to register.

The 23rd Annual Patoka Lake Star Party is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th from 6PM- 10PM at the Patoka Lake Beach.   Enjoy a special presentation by members of the Louisville & Evansville Astronomical Societies and the Stonebelt Stargazers of Bedford, IN as they share their knowledge of the sky above. There will be kid’s activities and giveaways until dark. A special astronomy program will be held under the tent on the beach.   Telescopes will be set up for observations of Mars & Saturn as darkness falls.

Bring your kayak and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Saturday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Little Patoka Boat Ramp. Meet the naturalist at the Patoka Lake Visitor Center to car caravan to the ramp.   The caravan will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as we check out a beautiful rock quarry and waterfall while looking for beaver, bald eagles, and other wildlife along the way. Bring PFD’s, preferred snacks, refreshments and sunscreen for this two- hour long journey. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5. These annual non-motorized launch permits can also be purchased at the Patoka Property Office between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy a fireworks display at the Patoka Lake Beach on Saturday, July 5th presented by Visit French Lick West Baden. The fireworks will start at dark.   Bring along your family and friends, lawn chairs, blankets, refreshments, and bug spray. Already camping at Patoka this weekend? Then there is no need to drive down to the beach.   Just go to section C of the Modern Campground for your own viewing area of the fireworks display. Arrive early to get the best seats! WITZ AM/FM radio will be providing music to watch fireworks. Come out and enjoy this spectacular show over the waters of Patoka!

Broken Arrow Archery Club is sponsor g a bow shoot on Sunday June 22 at the Beaver Lake Archery Range. Sign in will be from sun up until 12 PM. Targets will be of all species and sizes. A practice range and concessions are also available. Entry fee is $12 for non members, $10 for members and $8 for kids 11-17. The cub class 10 and under and active duty military will shoot for free. Call 630-6156 for more information.

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “40″ Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, June 29th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Shooters should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – 1:p.m. Shooting fees are $9.00 for Active Members, $12.00 for Nonmembers & $5.00 for youth (age 11-17), while Cubs & Active Military shoot for Free. For more information, Call: 812-639-7126.

Anglers can find out what fish are biting in a certain lake on what bait by looking online at the updated DNR fishing reports. The website is www.dnr.in.gov/fishwild/8270.htm. The new look splits the state into three zones north, central and south. Each zone can be clicked on an interactive map to see all lake reports in that region. A dropdown list of lakes in the system is also available to allow quick specific searches. The information will be updated toward the end of every week so anglers will have current information for each weekend.

Conservation Officers will visit popular boat ramps this summer to highlight the need to wear a life jacket. By educating the public, WEAR IT Indiana’s goal is to reduce or eliminate the loss of life from drowning in the Hoosier state. Wear a lifejacket and share your photos on the DNR Facebook page using the hashtag #WearItIndiana. Conservation Officers will be randomly giving away Wear It gear to people who post their pictures using the hashtag.

Indiana Conservation Officers from across the state are becoming certified in specialized tactical boat training designed to strengthen partnerships and promote mission success in the Port and Maritime Security mission.  The “Tactical Operator’s Course” is presented to Indiana Conservation Officers by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. The Training program is a nationally accredited curriculum that allows federal, state, and local officers to work seamlessly together in securing ports, waterways, critical infrastructures, and high value assets in the maritime domain.  This training will be required for any Marine Law Enforcement agency to respond to a FEMA request for assistance such as natural or man-made federal disasters.
Patoka Sportsman 6-14-14

Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area is offering an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on June 23, 24, 26 & 27 from 9 AM to 11:30 AM each day. Attendance each day is required for certification. 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 Sugar Ridge main office located at 2310 East State Rd. 364 south of Winslow in Pike County. Attendees will need to bring writing utensils and refreshments. Pre-registration is required and the class is limited to 35 students. Go to www.inhea.com/passitonindiana to register. Click on the classic course and type in your zip code and classes within 75 miles will be displayed. Scroll down to the Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area and click on it to register.

Join the naturalists on Saturday, June 21st at 1 p.m. for a behind the scenes view of the necessary care we provide for the bald eagle and eastern screech owl. See how Patoka staff must care for these birds of prey. Watch the staff as they change the birds’ jesses (ankle straps) and trim their beaks and talons. Discover what it takes to keep these birds healthy and ready for programs. After this exclusive program hear the stories of these two birds and why they live at Patoka. There is a $5/person fee. Pre-registration is required by calling the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at (812)685-2447.

The 23rd Annual Patoka Lake Star Party is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th from 6PM- 10PM at the Patoka Lake Beach.   Enjoy a special presentation by members of the Louisville & Evansville Astronomical Societies and the Stonebelt Stargazers of Bedford, IN as they share their knowledge of the sky above. There will be kid’s activities and giveaways until dark. A special astronomy program will be held under the tent on the beach.   Telescopes will be set up for observations of Mars & Saturn as darkness falls.

Bring your kayak and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Saturday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m. at Little Patoka Boat Ramp. Meet the naturalist at the Patoka Lake Visitor Center to car caravan to the ramp.   The caravan will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as we check out a beautiful rock quarry and waterfall while looking for beaver, bald eagles, and other wildlife along the way. Bring PFD’s, preferred snacks, refreshments and sunscreen for this two- hour long journey. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5. These annual non-motorized launch permits can also be purchased at the Patoka Property Office between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy a fireworks display at the Patoka Lake Beach on Saturday, July 5th presented by Visit French Lick West Baden. The fireworks will start at dark.   Bring along your family and friends, lawn chairs, blankets, refreshments, and bug spray. Already camping at Patoka this weekend? Then there is no need to drive down to the beach.   Just go to section C of the Modern Campground for your own viewing area of the fireworks display. Arrive early to get the best seats! WITZ AM/FM radio will be providing music to watch fireworks. Come out and enjoy this spectacular show over the waters of Patoka!

Broken Arrow Archery Club is sponsor g a bow shoot on Sunday June 22 at the Beaver Lake Archery Range. Sign in will be from sun up until 12 PM. Targets will be of all species and sizes. A practice range and concessions are also available. Entry fee is $12 for non members, $10 for members and $8 for kids 11-17. The cub class 10 and under and active duty military will shoot for free. Call 630-6156 for more information.

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “40″ Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, June 15th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration is 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 639-7126.

Anglers can find out what fish are biting in a certain lake on what bait by looking online at the updated DNR fishing reports. The website is www.dnr.in.gov/fishwild/8270.htm. The new look splits the state into three zones north, central and south. Each zone can be clicked on an interactive map to see all lake reports in that region. A dropdown list of lakes in the system is also available to allow quick specific searches. The information will be updated toward the end of every week so anglers will have current information for each weekend.

     Patoka Lake’s report was last updated on June 3 and it had a Pool elevation is at 539.8. Surface water temperature is at 66.2. Discharge rate is at 102 CFS. Those wishing to report specifics about their fishing experience and help keep Fishing Reports current may do so by calling the Patoka Lake Office at (812) 685-2464. Largemouth Bass: Activity: Good,  Depth: 3′-17′ Striped Bass: Activity: Slow, Depth: 2′-18′ Crappie: Activity: Excellent, Depth: 4′-10′ Bluegill: Activity: Slow, Depth: 2′-15′ Channel Catfish: Activity: Good, Depth: 1′-15′ Walleye: Activity: Good, Depth: 1′-20′.

Conservation Officers will visit popular boat ramps this summer to highlight the need to wear a life jacket. By educating the public, WEAR IT Indiana’s goal is to reduce or eliminate the loss of life from drowning in the Hoosier state. Wear a lifejacket and share your photos on the DNR Facebook page using the hashtag #WearItIndiana. Conservation Officers will be randomly giving away Wear It gear to people who post their pictures using the hashtag.

Patoka Sportsman 5-31 & 6-1-14

This is the time of year that many sportsmen start planting their wildlife food plots. Fertilizer and lime recommendations can be confusing. All the different numbers and suggestions can really make it difficult to understand what your soil and crop needs to perform its best. Let’s simplify things with a few quick tips to understanding your SOIL SAMPLE.

  1. Soil pH is the first thing you need to get right. Although some crops are more tolerant of acidic soils than others, your plot will perform best with a pH of 6.5-7.0. Lime is relatively inexpensive and is the key to successful plots. For perspective a plot with a pH of 5.5 is 100 times more acidic than one at 6.5. Over 50% of fertilizer added to a plot with a 5.5pH is wasted because it is not able to be used by the plants. 1-2 tons per acre of ag lime is very common to get your plots where they need to be.
  2. Remember that the 3 numbers on bagged fertilizer (N-P-K) are based off of 100lbs, not 50. In a 50lb bag of 13-13-13, there are 6.5 lbs or units each of actual nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. If your sample says you need 40lbs each of N-P-K, you would need 350lbs per acre of 13-13-13. This would give you 45.5 lbs of N-P-K.
  3. An advanced soil test is needed to get current levels of micro nutrients like copper, iron, zinc, boron, etc. These micros are usually not present in bagged fertilizer. Although they are needed in very small amounts in comparison to the macro’s (N-P-K), it can be worthwhile to do an advanced sample every 3-4 years and keep the micro’s up to date.
  4. As a general rule of thumb, cereal grains, corn, and brassicas are nitrogen lovers. Legumes such as clovers, peas, beans, or alfalfa fix their own nitrogen from the atmosphere and need very little at planting time. For example, once established, clover can be fertilized with a common 0-20-20. At planting time, a low nitrogen blend like 5-20-20 can be used to give the young clover a small dose of nitrogen while it develops a root system and begins to affix its own from the air. On the other end of the spectrum, corn can use 100-200 lbs of nitrogen per acre for maximum yield.

On Saturday, June 7 from 8:30 to 11:30 AM Patoka Lake will sponsor their annual kids fishing derby. Park at the modern campground center shelterhouse at 8:30 to register and then take a short stroll down to the fishing pond. This event is for children 12 and under and they must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish, most fish caught and more. The award ceremony will begin at 11. Bring your lawn chairs, sun screen and refreshment and join in the fun. Entrance fee of $5 per vehicle is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area.

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.

Join the Patoka lake naturalists on Saturday, June 21st at 1 p.m. for a behind the scenes view of the necessary care they provide for the bald eagle and eastern screech owl.   Watch the staff as they change the birds’ jesses (ankle straps) and trim their beaks and talons. Discover what it takes to keep these birds healthy and ready for programs. After this exclusive program hear the stories of these two birds and why they live at Patoka. There is a $5/person fee. Pre-registration is required by calling the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at (812)685-2447.

Patoka Sportsman 5-10 & 5-11-14

     Indiana’s free fishing days are coming up 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.

During free fishing days on May 17 at 12:30 PM Patoka Lake will teach youngsters how to secure a hook to their line, what equipment to use while fishing, how to use it and even fish identification.  A fun fishing game will also be played and prizes will be awarded.  All activities are at the Patoka Lake Visitors Center.

On Saturday, June 7 from 8:30 to 11:30 AM Patoka Lake will sponsor their annual kids fishing derby.  Park at the modern campground center shelterhouse at 8:30 to register and then take a short stroll down to the fishing pond.  This event is for children 12 and under and they must be accompanied by an adult.  Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish, most fish caught and more.  The award ceremony will begin at 11.  Bring your lawn chairs, sun screen and refreshment and join in the fun.  Entrance fee of $5 per vehicle is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area.

Bring your kayak or canoe and join in the Patoka Lake naturalist for a tour of the lake on Sunday, May 31 at 9:30 AM at Painter Creek Boat Ramp.  You’ll be looking for beaver, bald eagle, osprey and other wildlife along the way.  You’ll also hear stories of the people who once called this area home.  You’ll also see old photographs and heirlooms from years gone by.  Bring your binoculars and preferred refreshments for this journey.  Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5 but may also be purchased at the Patoka Property Office.

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.

Join the Patoka Lake Naturalist on Sunday, May 25th at 12:30 p.m. for an extended hike to Totem

Rock.  Hike along beautiful creeks, rock outcroppings, and lush hilly forest landscape.   Hear

stories of life along the Patoka River for Native Americans and the early European settlers.

Participants should bring refreshments & wear sturdy hiking shoes for this 3.5 mile trek back in

time.  Discover the history behind Totem Rock and the people who once called this area home.

Participants should meet at the Visitor Center no later than 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to

begin this journey.  The entrance fee of $5 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($7 out of state) is required for the

Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Reservoir, located north of Wickliffe Indiana,

Highway 164.For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please

call the Visitor Center at 812.685.2447.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer a Patoka Lake Dam & Tower Tour on Saturday May 24 at 10 AM.  Meet at 9:30 at the Patoka Lake Visitor Dente rto car caravan to the Patoka Lake Dam or meet at the Dam.  You’ll discover the detailed operations of reservoir management for flood control as the guide takes you inside the actual Dam Tower structure.

Terry Malone II, 35, of Terre Haute, operator of Buck Creek Outfitters is facing 2 D felony counts of theft, 2 A misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass, and 2 C misdemeanor counts of hunting without consent of landowner. Indiana Conservation Officers say that Malone received $1,050 from two men in exchange for a 3 day guided wild turkey hunt which included; hunting location, guide service, and lodging. Conservation Officers served an arrest warrant on Malone in Vigo County, Wednesday, May 7th.  On April 28, 2014, ICO Jason Sullivan located two hunters who stated they had paid Malone for a 3 day wild turkey hunt. The hunters, Jake Workman, 45, of Wolcottville, and Daniel Jaquay, 45, of Kendallville, were accompanied by Malone’s hunting guide Mark Workman, 23, of New Haven.  The men were hunting on land owned by Peabody Coal Company and leased for farming by Marrs Farms. Officer Sullivan received a call from Marrs Farms due to a recent rash of trespassers on the property.  Sullivan located a black, 2005, Chevy truck and observed empty gun cases and wild turkey decoys in the vehicle. He later located the men in a nearby wooded area. The men advised ICO Sullivan they had paid Terry Malone II for the hunt, and that he had directed them to the hunting location. Peabody Coal and Marrs Farms contend that Malone, nor any of the other involved persons, had permission to hunt or otherwise use the property. The property in question is located east of State Road 63 and South of Sanford Ave., three miles north of Terre Haute.
Malone has similar charges pending in Sullivan County. He also has had recent convictions relating to wildlife crimes in other courts.

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 4-26 & 4-27-14

     Indiana’s 2014 turkey season came to a close almost before it began on Wednesday morning.  I harvested a 20 pd. Gobbler with 28 mm spurs and a 9” beard at 6:42AM.  I had scouted the areas I’ve hunted in for many years and heard gobblers gobbling the week before.  I also observed a tom strutting in a wheat field with a hen that morning.  I eased out of the area and never went back until opening morning.

The alarm went off at 5:15 and I already had all my gear backed the night before.  I got dressed and headed off to the woods.  I arrived about 5:50 and started my walk to where I wanted to set up.  I got there a few minutes later and set up my pretty boy and girl decoys and heard a gobble about 100 yards away.  It was 6:10.  I finished setting up my decoys in the field about 20 yards away and settled in with my back against a large tree that I had used in the past to harvest gobblers and kept listening.  The gobbler kept sounding off.  I waited till about 6:20 and started to make some soft clucks.  He responded.  He knew a hen was near by.  About 6:30 His gobbling increased and I could tell he was closer.  About the same time a doe came up the valley to my left about 30 yards away.  She spied my decoys in the field and kept walking up the hill in the direction of the gobbler.  Then I saw the gobbler strutting down hill towards me and the field.  He had his eye on the decoys.  The doe moved to the right of the strutting tom and he came to the does left and strutted towards me.  When he was about 30 yards away I introduced him to some number 5 turkey load from my .20 gauge and he dropped like a rock.  My season was over and it was 6:42 AM.  When I called my wife to give her the good news she said you didn’t even get to enjoy the woods!  I said oh yes I did.  I’ll take a nice gobbler on opening morning every year and not complain.  It all happened very quickly be was very exciting.  It’s a memory I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.  It’s what hunting is all about.

I had spoken to several members of the DCSC this past Monday evening at our regular meeting and we discussed how the season might be this year.  I said that I thought it was going to be a great year.  Spring is late.  The gobblers are gobbling like crazy to attract hens and they were bunched up the week before.  The woods is wide open and I didn’t think the breeding had begun yet.  It should be awesome.  The past two seasons spring came very early and the vegetation was full and it made it very hard to hear a gobbler and them to hear you.  This year was perfect at least for me.  I’ve always thought that the spring gobbler season should be about two weeks earlier especially in the southern part of the state.  Last year I knew hunters that saw hens with poults during hunting season.  That’s way, way ahead of schedule.  Either way I hope your season turns out to be as successful as mine was.

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.

Indiana’s free fishing days are coming up 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.

 

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 4-19 & 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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