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Patoka Sportsman 7-22 & 7-23-17

Join the team from Sun Valley Sports on Sunday, July 23 from 11a.m. to 5p.m. to try your hand at Hobie style kayaking.  These peddle driven kayaks are perfect for those with lesser upper body strength or prior injuries that prevent enjoyment of a typical kayak.  This free event is being offered in partnership with the Nature Center and will take place at the beach.  No registration is needed, just meet at the beach for a short program, demonstration and a little water time! Stop in anytime between 11a.m. and 5p.m. for an opportunity to try them out! Life jackets will be provided.  The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area.  For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Bring your kayak and join the naturalists as you paddle upstream of Patoka Lake on Saturday, July 29th at 9:30A.M.  This 2-hour adventure starts at the secluded King’s Bridge Boat Ramp.  You can also meet the naturalists at the Patoka Lake Office to car caravan to the boat ramp.  Caravan will leave promptly at 8:15AM. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka while looking for bald eagles, beaver and other wildlife as participants paddle their way to Grimes Lake Marsh. Bring preferred refreshments, life vests, binoculars and cameras. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5, but may also be purchased at the Patoka Lake Office from 8a.m. -4p.m. daily.

In order to be more consistent with other DNR property draw hunts, the State Parks deer reduction hunts will no longer require that you identify hunting buddies when applying. The application will simply ask how many additional buddies you plan to bring if you are successfully drawn for the hunt. The additional buddies must still meet all age, residency, and licensing requirements of the State Parks deer reduction hunts as described below. Applications will be accepted online through Aug. 21, 2017.

Fun in the sun at Patoka leaves a lot more behind than just summer memories. It results in trash and debris buildup along the lakeshore.  Your help is needed to restore the lake to its pristine condition for wildlife safety and people to enjoy. Help remove trash and debris from the shores of Patoka Lake on Saturday, August 26th from 8am – 1p.m.  Sign-in begins at 8a.m. at Hoosier Hills Marina with trash pickup to follow.  All participating volunteers will be rewarded with a FREE lunch at Hoosier Hills Marina starting at Noon.  Special prize drawings will take place from 11:30 – 1p.m.  Volunteers should wear sturdy walking shoes.  All supplies will be provided, just bring your family, friends, students and club members!  Patoka is YOUR lake, so come join us in keeping it clean!

Join Patoka Lake Nature Center as they celebrate Smokey Bear’s birthday on Saturday, August 12 from 10a.m. – 12p.m. Bring your 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 presentation on fire safety which will include a demonstration with the Jaws of Life device! PetSense of Jasper will be onsite to talk about pet fire safety. A & B Fire Safety of Jasper will have information on fire extinguishers and household safety also. Play games and make a special craft to take home.  Celebrate with cupcakes and refreshments.

Indiana Conservation Officer Kendrick Fuhrman is transferring to District 7 to his assignment in Dubois and Pike Counties. Officer Fuhrman is a 2009 Graduate of Shoals High School in Martin County.  He then pursued his Conservation Law Enforcement degree from Vincennes University, graduating in 2011.  Officer Fuhrman began his career as an Indiana Conservation Officer in August of 2012. Officer Fuhrman served in Blackford and Morgan Counties prior to his current assignment.  Officer Fuhrman is a member of the ICO dive team, defensive tactics instructor, venomous reptile handler, and background investigator.  He has also served as an officer counselor at the ICO Karl E. Kelley Memorial Youth Camp.

Patoka lake Bow Hunters will host a “30” Target 3D shoot Sunday August 20th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off State Road 164. Registration on Sunday starts at Daylight till 12:00pm. Shooting fees are $8.00 for Active PLB members, $10.00 for Nonmembers and $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17) while Cubs (10 & younger) and Active Military shoot for free. For more information, call 812 205-0081.

 

Patoka Sportsman 7-8 & 7-9-17

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday July 9th at Beaver Lake. Sign-in will be from sunrise till noon. A practice range will be available, and concessions will also be sold. The entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members, $8 for children age 11-17, and free for the cub class (10 and younger) and active military members. For more information  call (812)630-0454 or 812-827-3756.

Patoka Cruise In with a View ~ Open Car Show is 10a.m. -3p.m on July 22. Rain date is July 29th.  Registration begins at 9a.m. with the event taking place in the Upper Beach Parking Lot. Trophies awarded! There will also be Music, Food, Door Prizes and Raffles.  Cost is $15 if registered by July 15 or $20 day of show. For more information or to register call Ivy at (812)267-7460.

Join the team from Sun Valley Sports on Sunday, July 23 from 11a.m. to 5p.m. to try your hand at Hobie style kayaking.  These peddle driven kayaks are perfect for those with lesser upper body strength or prior injuries that prevent enjoyment of a typical kayak.  This free event is being offered in partnership with the Nature Center and will take place at the beach.  No registration is needed, just meet at the beach for a short program, demonstration and a little water time! Stop in anytime between 11a.m. and 5p.m. for an opportunity to try them out! Life jackets will be provided.  The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area.  For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Bring your kayak and join the naturalists as you paddle upstream of Patoka Lake on Saturday, July 29th at 9:30A.M.  This 2-hour adventure starts at the secluded King’s Bridge Boat Ramp.  You can also meet the naturalists at the Patoka Lake Office to car caravan to the boat ramp.  Caravan will leave promptly at 8:15AM. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka while looking for bald eagles, beaver and other wildlife as participants paddle their way to Grimes Lake Marsh. Bring preferred refreshments, life vests, binoculars and cameras. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5, but may also be purchased at the Patoka Lake Office from 8a.m. -4p.m. daily.

In order to be more consistent with other DNR property draw hunts, the State Parks deer reduction hunts will no longer require that you identify hunting buddies when applying. The application will simply ask how many additional buddies you plan to bring if you are successfully drawn for the hunt. The additional buddies must still meet all age, residency, and licensing requirements of the State Parks deer reduction hunts as described below. Applications will be accepted online July–Aug. 21, 2017.

For successful applicants, deer harvested at a State Park Reduction Hunt are in addition to regular deer-season bag limits. You do not need to purchase additional licenses to harvest deer if participating in the reduction hunt. For questions regarding State Park Deer Reduction Hunts, please contact DNR’s Division of State Parks at (317) 232-4200.

The Indian DNR released their bonus antlerless county quotas for the 2017-18 deer seasons.  Quotas are reduced in 30 counties and increased in three.  The Dubois County Deer Advisory Council had two public meetings this summer and made a recommendation based on the surveys that were filled out by interested individuals to reduce Dubois County from 4 to 1.  The DNR did reduce the quota to 3 but not all the way down to 1 as suggested by the council.  By lowering the bonus antlerless quota from 4 to 3 Dubois County will not have a special antlerless only firearms season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7.  The reason being to qualify for this special antlerless only firearms season counties must have a bonus quota of 4 or more.   Martin County remains at 4 as does Knox, Vanderburgh, Perry and Orange.  Crawford County remains at 8.  All other counties in southwest Indiana are 3 or below.

 

Patoka Sportsman 7-1 & 7-2-17

Starting July 1, all minors riding an ATV must wear a helmet. It’s a new law department Capt. William Browne hopes will reduce the number of calls he receives.  Law enforcement aren’t the only ones hoping this law reduces injuries. Hoosiers think this could be a good law.  If they’re caught without a helmet, the rider or vehicle owner could get a $500 ticket.  Not just any helmet will do. To comply, the helmet must be U.S. Department of Transportation-approved. A DOT sticker can usually be found on the head protection.

The state Department of Natural Resources said, over the past six years, 29 minors have died on ATVs, and more than 450 have been injured.  In addition to enforcement, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is focused on education. It uses an ATV safety crash-test dummy and a vehicle to demonstrate the importance of rider safety.  While the law applies to ATVs, it does not impact snowmobiles.

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday July 9th at Beaver Lake. Sign-in will be from sunrise till noon. A practice range will be available, and concessions will also be sold. The entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members, $8 for children age 11-17, and free for the cub class (10 and younger) and active military members. For more information  call (812)630-0454 or 812-827-3756.

Spend the day with your canine companion on Saturday July 8 from 10a.m. -2p.m. at the Patoka Lake Nature Center!  Bring your 4-legged friend and join us for a day of exciting events such as Hike with your Hound, dog training sessions, a Tasty Treats program where you can learn how to make your own dog treats, a toy making session and a Pet Parade/Costume Contest and Talent Show with prizes! To beat the summer heat, let your pet romp around in the Cool Canines Splash Park. Glamfur Shots pictures with your pet will be taking place between events! And much more!  All pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. A food vendor will be onsite making a delicious lunch for the two –legged attendees!

Bring your kayak and join the naturalists as we paddle upstream of Patoka Lake on Saturday, July 29th at 9:30A.M.  This 2-hour adventure starts at the secluded King’s Bridge Boat Ramp.  You can also meet the naturalists at the Patoka Lake Office to car caravan to the boat ramp.  Caravan will leave promptly at 8:15AM. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka while looking for bald eagles, beaver and other wildlife as participants paddle their way to Grimes Lake Marsh. Bring preferred refreshments, life vests, binoculars and cameras. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5, but may also be purchased at the Patoka Lake Office from 8a.m. -4p.m. daily.

Patoka Cruise In with a View ~ Open Car Show is 10a.m. -3p.m on July 22. Rain date is July 29th.  Registration begins at 9a.m. with the event taking place in the Upper Beach Parking Lot. Trophies awarded! There will also be Music, Food, Door Prizes and Raffles.  Cost is $15 if registered by July 15 or $20 day of show. For more information or to register call Ivy at (812)267-7460.

Join the team from Sun Valley Sports on Sunday, July 23 from 11a.m. to 5p.m. to try your hand or feet rather at Hobie style kayaking.  These peddle driven kayaks are perfect for those with lesser upper body strength or prior injuries that prevent enjoyment of a typical kayak.  This free event is being offered in partnership with the Nature Center and will take place at the beach.  No registration is needed, just meet us at the beach for a short program, demonstration and a little water time too! Stop in anytime between 11a.m. and 5p.m. for an opportunity to try them out! Life jackets will be provided just bring your family and friends.  The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 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 Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 6-17 & 6-18-17

Patoka lake Bow Hunters will host a “30” Target 3D shoot this coming Sunday June 18th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off State Road 164. Registration on Sunday starts at Daylight till 12:00pm. Shooting fees are $8.00 for Active PLB members, $10.00 for Nonmembers and $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17) while Cubs (10 & younger) and Active Military shoot for free. For more information, call 812 205-0081.

You’re invited to meet the naturalist at Little Patoka Boat Ramp for a morning kayak tour on the waters of Patoka on Saturday June 24 at 9:30 AM. You can also meet at the Patoka Office and travel by car caravan to Little Patoka Boat Ramp. The caravan will leave promptly at 8:15a.m. Bring your kayaks, life jackets and refreshments. Enjoy the morning as we check out a beautiful rock quarry and look for area wildlife. Participants should plan to arrive no later than 9:15a.m. to prepare their boats and equipment for the tour. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5, but may also be purchased at the Patoka Office from 8a.m. – 4p.m.

The 26 th Annual Star Party is  Noon – 4 p . m . on Saturday June 24 at the Patoka lake N a t u r e C e n t e r.  At 12 PM learn more about A Total Solar Eclipse” – An Introduction into a Journey of Totality.  At 1 PM “The Wonders of the Cosmos” –Astronomical Objects within the Reach of Amateur Telescopes.  At 2 PM “Where Will You Be on August 21st?” – The 2017 Total Eclipse.  At 3 PM “The Night Sky over Patoka” – An Interactive Tour of our Night Sky.  From 1 to 3 PM there will be Constellation Crafts – where kids can make it and take it. 11 to 4 PM Solar Observing – Safely view the Sun through specially filtered telescopes. 6 – 1 0 p . m . at the Beach .  “Stars on the Beach” Amateur astronomers will share their knowledge of the night sky and have telescopes set up for viewing of celestial wonders. A special astronomy presentation will be held at 8 PM. Certified glasses safe for viewing the upcoming solar eclipse will be given away at the Nature Center and Beach for all in attendance, while supplies last.

Sunday 25th 10a.m. – 2:30p.m. Birds of Prey at Patoka Lake.  Step into the backyard of the Nature Center for a close look at two non-releasable birds of prey. Your adventure could lead to a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk or eastern screech owl sighting!  1:30p.m. Nature Scavenger Hunt.  Grab a list of items to find and take a photo of each one during this family fun scavenger hunt. Get your list of clues and set out to find all the items. The winning team will receive a prize!

Friday June 30th 10a.m. – 2:30p.m. Birds of Prey.  Step into the backyard of the Nature Center for a close look at two non-releasable birds of prey. Your adventure could lead to a bald eagle, red-tailed hawk or eastern screech owl sighting!

Patoka Cruise In with a View ~ Open Car Show 10a.m. -3p.m on July 22. Rain date is July 29th.  Registration begins at 9a.m. with the event taking place in the Upper Beach Parking Lot. Trophies awarded! There will also be Music, Food, Door Prizes and Raffles.  Cost is $15 if registered by July 15 or $20 day of show. For more information or to register call Ivy at (812)267-7460.

Enjoy a fireworks display at the Patoka Lake Beach on Saturday, July 1st. 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-FM 104.7 radio will be providing music to watch fireworks. They are also streaming at www.witzamfm.com or from an iPhone or Android smart phone app. Come out and enjoy this spectacular show over the waters of Patoka!  The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 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, call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

 

Patoka Sportsman 5-20 & 5-21-17

Join the Patoka Lake Naturalist on Sunday, May 28th at 12:30p.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 Nature Center no later than 12:30p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to

begin this journey.

Due to flood damage to the Huntingburg Conservation Club Lake the Paul Klem Memorial Fishing Derby for kids 15 and younger will be Saturday, June 3 at Jasper Outdoor Rec. Club from 8 AM till 12 PM.  Awards will be give for biggest and most fish.  Drawings will also be held for donated prizes.  Kids will need to bring their own fishing poles and bait.  Lunch and awards is from 11-12.  The event is sponsored by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club and the Huntingburg Conservation Club.

Grab your friends, family, fishing pole, tackle and bait, and head over to Patoka Lake on Saturday, June 3th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. for the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby.  Park at Osborn Ramp, off Highway 145, at 8:30 a.m. to register. This event is for children 12 years of age 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 a.m.  Bring your lawn chairs, sun screen and refreshments, and join in the fun!

Registration is open for the Full Moon 5K taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Friday, June 9th at 9:30p.m. Race 3.1miles through the woods on roadways, a well-maintained gravel and grass lane and paved bike trail lit by moonlight and luminaries. 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.  Early registration is $25 which includes a race t-shirt. Go to http://fullmoon5K.itsyourrace.com to register today! For more information or call (812)685-2447.

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday June 11 at Beaver Lake. Sign-in will be from sunrise till noon. A practice range will be available, and concessions will also be sold. The entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members, $8 for children age 11-17, and free for the cub class (10 and younger) and active military members. From Jasper, take State Road 164 east to County Road 325 East, turn left and follow the road to the clubhouse on the right. For more information , call (812)630-0454 or 8128273756.

A Spencer county Firearms Forum will be held Tuesday, June 13 from 6-8 PM at the 4-H Center in Christney.  This is a family friendly event.   There will be activities for youth and childcare will be provided.  There is no charge for the forum.  Donations can be made to the local groups speaking at this forum.  Everyone in attendance will learn about home safety, general firearm safety, county and state laws and more.  It’s sponsored by the Spencer County 4-H shooting sports & Spencer County law enforcement.  For more information contact Erik Ruhe at 812-630-6540 or Joey Brown, Santa Claus Police Chief at 912-937-2340.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Patoka Lake Sailing Club, will be offering Free Basic Sailing Lessons to the public on Saturday, June 17th.There will be three consecutive sessions offered. Each session will include thirty minutes of dryland instruction and will conclude with an hour of water based instruction. All participants MUST pre-register with the Patoka Lake Nature Center, before the date of the event. All lessons will be on a first call–first registered basis and slots will fill quickly, so don’t hesitate and miss out on this wonderful opportunity. For registration or detailed information, please contact the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812) 685-2447.  Session one will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Session two will begin at 10:30. Session Three will begin at 12:30.  All sessions last 1 hour and 30 minutes total.

Dryland instruction will include water safety, docking, knot tying and more. Water instruction will include basic sailing maneuvers, sail trimming techniques, sail part identification and lots of fun. Any participant under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver and wear a life jacket. (Provided or you may bring your own). Lessons will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Please call the Patoka Lake Nature Center if in doubt on the day of the event.

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience returns to Fort Harrison State Park on June 10 and 11. Grab the family for this FREE event featuring more than 50 different activities like fishing, mountain biking, off-road rides, horseback riding and archery. It’s the perfect way to discover your new favorite family activity and enjoy the outdoors together.

The National NASP Tournament was held May 11-13 in Louiville, KY.  19,831 registered Academic Archers participated in the weekend event.  Based on the results of the 2017 NASP national Tournament the All-American Academic Teams in Middle School and High School divisions were announced for 2017.  These student archers not only excelled on the range, but also were recognized by their school for proficiency in the classroom.  NASP® and the Academic Archer Title Sponsor –  Easton Technical Products are proud to recognize these top student archers as they provide an excellent scholastic example for all NASP® participants in 47 states, 8 Canadian Provinces, and 9 other countries.  Among the Indiana participants on the All American Team were Ashton Probus from Castle North Middle School and Ashlie Garrison from Castle High School.  Indiana ranks second in the Nation out of 45 states with participants in the Academic Archery Program.

14,492 kids participated in this year’s Nationals from 41 states & Washington DC.  46% were female and 53% were male.  This National tournament was a great income boost for the Louisville area bringing 45,000 people including participants to the local area.  A total of 818,600 arrows were shot in the 3 days.  If put end to end they would stretch for 387 miles!

In the Qualifiers that led up to the 2017 Indiana NASP State Tournament there were 43qualifying events.  182 teams representing 163 schools participated in these qualifiers. Approximately 3,600 archers participated in these 43 qualifying events.  Out of these qualifiers 2,124 students were invited to compete at the Indiana State NASP Bullseye Tournament.  538 participated in the State NASP/IBO 3D Challenge. Out of our 2,124 students that participated at the Indiana State Tournament, 1,920 qualified for the Nationals in the Bullseye Tournament.  Of these 1,920 students 1,656 did register and competed in the National NASP Tournament.   324 students participated in the National NASP/IBO 3D Challenge.

In the NASP Bullseye Tournament St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville placed 11th, Boonville Middle School placed 13th,  Castle North Middle placed 16th and Tell City Jr. High placed 57th in the Target Middle Team.  In the Target Middle Individual Ashton Probus from Castle north Middle placed 8th and Boonville Middle student Ashley Virgin placed 12th.  In the Target High team Castle was 4th and Reitz was 31st.  In the Target High Individual Ashlie Garrison from Castle High placed 8th.

Indiana has qualified 24 elementary schools, 25 middle schools and 26 high schools to attend the World NASP tournament July 21 & 22 in Orlando, FL.

 

 

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 5-6 & 5-7-17

Deer hunters donated more than 65,000 pounds of venison in 2016-17 to feed Indiana’s hungry through the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund, according to the DNR Law Enforcement division.  The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund administered by DNR Law Enforcement provides grants to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry, and the Dubois County Sportsmen Club to pay for processing fees when hunters donate legally harvested deer.
The participating organizations notify food banks throughout Indiana when venison is ready to be collected from certified Sportsmen Benevolence Fund butchers. The food banks distribute venison to soup kitchens and food pantries to feed hungry citizens. The average cost per meal is 35 cents.  In the 2016-17 hunting season, hunters donated 1,307 deer that were processed into 65,443 pounds of venison, which equates to 261,772 meals.
“Once again, the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund has met its objectives” DNR Director Cameron F. Clark. “With the Fund’s support and the generosity of Indiana deer hunters, citizens in need will be able to prepare healthy meals with low-fat, high-protein venison.”  The totals are comparable to the 2105-16 donations of 1,333 deer and 67,356 pounds of venison.  “It’s evident that the desire to donate to this program by our deer hunters continues to be strong,” said Col. Danny L. East, director of DNR Law Enforcement. “Our Indiana deer hunters continue to be valuable partners in carrying out our mission and our programs.”  State Sen. Michael Crider, who developed the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund when he was director of DNR Law Enforcement, said, “This program provides an opportunity for Indiana hunters to enjoy the outdoors and provide for fellow citizens in need.”

The Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club had a total of 119 deer donated this past season translating into 6,136 pounds of meat.  Processing was paid for with a grant from the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund.

The results are in from the bonus antlerless survey conducted by the Dubois County Deer Advisory Council.  248 stakeholders shared their opinion either online are at local gun shops about whether to increase, maintain or decrease the deer herd in Dubois County.  195 individuals voted to increase  the herd, 29 wanted to maintain the herd at current levels and 24 wanted to see the size of the deer herd decrease.

The second question on the CDAC survey asked how many bonus antlerless tags stakeholders would like to see.  Currently the DNR has a bonus antlerless quota of 4 in Dubois county.  The majority of stakeholders asked for the bonus antlerless tags to be decreased from 4 to one.    Two tags was the next closest.

The purpose of the County Deer Advisory Council is to gather public opinion on deer populations and goals, antlerless quotas and herd management strategies.  This information will now be given to the Department of Natural Resources in Indianapolis and shared with the local wildlife biologist.  The DNR will have the final say sometime in June or early July whether the bonus antlerless quotas will remain at 4 or lowered.

Patoka lake Bow Hunters will host a “40” Target ASA Qualifier and our regular Patoka Lake Bow Hunters 3D “30 or 40” target course (Shooters choice this shoot) on Saturday and Sunday May 20th and 21st at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off State Road 164. Registration on Saturday starts at Daylight till 2:00pm. Registration on Sunday starts at Daylight till 12:00pm. Shooting fees for the ASA Qualifier will be $25. Shooting fees are $8.00 for Active PLB members, $10.00 for Nonmembers and $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17) while Cubs (10 & younger) and Active Military shoot for free. For more information, call 812 205-0081.

Learn to pitch a tent, build a fire, cook outdoors and more during Let’s Camp America Weekend at Indiana State Parks, May 5-7.  Activities will take place at all 32 Indiana State Parks properties and on social media. The weekend celebrates all forms of camping, including tents, trailers, recreational vehicles and cabins. The weekend concludes with free admission on Sunday, May 7.

 

May 20 is the second of four Free Fishing Days in 2017. The other dates are June 3-4. Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state’s public waters on Free Fishing Days.  On all other days, only youth (age 17 and younger) and a few other special anglers are exempt from the license requirement.

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience returns to Fort Harrison State Park on June 10 and 11. Grab the family for this FREE event featuring more than 50 different activities like fishing, mountain biking, off-road rides, horseback riding and archery. It’s the perfect way to discover your new favorite family activity and enjoy the outdoors together.

May marks the beginning of boating season. Wearing a life jacket, not just having it in the boat, has proved to be a nearly sure-fire way to prevent drowning from a boating accident. Make sure you and your loved ones not only have their life jacket but also Wear It while on the water.  All privately owned, motorized and non-motorized boats moored or operating on State Park lakes, State Forest lakes or state-managed lakes in Indiana must have a Lake Permit displayed on the boat. You can buy and pick up your permit at any state park or lake office, at the DNR Customer Service Center in Indianapolis or buy online and have it mailed to you.

To help protect trees from the spread of destructive invasive insects like emerald ash borer (EAB), restrictions remain in effect regarding use of firewood at state parks. You can bring in firewood with bark removed, purchase firewood with a state or federal compliance stamp, or bring scrap kiln-dried construction lumber to use at your campfire.

Crappie USA, “America’s Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization” will return to Indiana’s Patoka Lake May 20, 2017.  This is the opportunity for anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the 2017 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. The Classic event will be October 26 – 28, 2017 on KY & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee. A pre-tournament seminar will be held on Friday evening May 19 at Days Inn, 272 Brucke Strasse, Jasper, Indiana.  Sign up will begin at 5:00pm with the meeting and a National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing starting at 7:00pm local time. This seminar is open to the public. The tournament weigh-in will be held on Saturday, May 20 at the Hoosier Hills Marina beginning at 3:00pm.  You can enter the tournament by filling out and sending in an entry form at www.crappieusa.com before the deadline listed on the form. Teams may also enter at the pre-tournament seminar on Friday night or call (502) 384-5924. All late entries will be subject to a $25.00 late fee.

Held in conjunction with the tournament will be the Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo to be held Saturday morning at the Hoosier Hills Marina. Sign up for the Kids Rodeo will be at 8:00 a.m. with the rodeo from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing and win some prizes. The event is free to all children 12 and under with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA $1,000.00 scholarships to be awarded at the 2017 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.  The Dubois County Visitors Center & Tourism Commission promotes the growth and development of the visitor and tourism industry in the county and is the one community organization empowered to do so.  Tourism contributes an estimated $83 million annually to the Dubois County economy.

A Spencer county Firearms Forum will be held Tuesday, June 13 from 6-8 PM at the 4-H Center in Christney.  This is a family friendly event.   There will be activities for youth and childcare will be provided.  There is no charge for the forum.  Donations can be made to the local groups speaking at this forum.  Everyone in attendance will learn about home safety, general firearm safety, county and state laws and more.  It’s sponsored by the Spencer County 4-H shooting sports & Spencer County law enforcement.  For more information contact Erik Ruhe at 812-630-6540 or Joey Brown, Santa Claus Police Chief at 912-937-2340.

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 4-22 & 4-23-17

Get ready for the camping season by dropping by the Activity Center Amphitheater at Paynetown SRA at Monroe Lake to discover how to build an effective campfire for cooking and learn about the basics of baking over a fire with a cast-iron dutch oven.  If your timing is just right, you’ll even get to sample a finished product free.  No registration is required.

Whether you want to add variety to your next camping menu or just pick up a new cooking skill, this workshop is for you! You’ll learn different techniques and recipes for cooking with an open wood-burning fire. Participants will prepare, cook/bake, and eat a variety of food. Everyone takes home a set of recipes and usually a plate of extra food. It lasts between 2 to 2 ½ hours. Cost is $20 per person.  Each session is limited to 10 people.

If you love seeing wildlife, or just enjoy exploring, kayaking might be for you! Kayaks let you reach backwater areas and quiet bays that aren’t otherwise accessible; it’s a wonderful way to experience Monroe Lake. This workshop is specifically designed for beginners with zero (or very little) paddling experience. You’ll be taught all the basic skills and you’ll get supervised paddling time in a quiet water area to practice. Kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets are all provided. It lasts 2 hours. Cost is $10 per person and is limited to 8 people.

The Activity Center at Paynetown SRA will open for the summer season on Friday, May 26. The Activity Center is located right next to the swimming beach and will be open Wednesday-Monday (closed Tuesdays) through mid-August from 1 to 5 p.m. A different drop-in craft is available every afternoon, plus a kids’ play corner, board game library, coloring table, puzzle table, wall displays, nature reference library, and live snakes.

The Paul Klem Memorial Fishing Derby for kids 15 and younger will be Saturday, June 3 at the Huntingburg Conservation Club from 8 AM till 12 PM.  Awards will be give for biggest and most fish.  Drawings will also be held for donated prizes.  Kids will need to bring their own fishing poles and bait.  Lunch and awards is from 11-12.  The event is sponsored by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club and the Huntingburg Conservation Club.

A Spencer county Firearms Forum will be held Tuesday, June 13 from 6-8 PM at the 4-H Center in Christney.  This is a family friendly event.   There will be activities for youth and childcare will be provided.  There is no charge for the forum.  Donations can be made to the local groups speaking at this forum.  Everyone in attendance will learn about home safety, general firearm safety, county and state laws and more.  It’s sponsored by the Spencer County 4-H shooting sports & Spencer County law enforcement.  For more information contact Erik Ruhe at 812-630-6540 or Joey Brown, Santa Claus Police Chief at 912-937-2340.

Turkey season begins this coming Wednesday.  Hunters are required to register their harvested turkey within 48 hours of the kill. This can be done one of three ways:  Self reporting online through the DNR’s CheckIN Game system (CheckINGame.dnr.IN.gov), Calling 800-419-1326 (a $3 fee applies) or Finding a check station, license vendor, or retailer who will file the information for you through CheckIN Game.

Once the turkey is registered with the CheckIN Game system, a confirmation number will be generated. The number must be recorded on a temporary transportation tag and kept with the turkey until processing begins.

Turkeys have extremely good eyesight.  Many times if you can see a turkey he can also see you.  If you see turkeys out in a field don’t try to sneak down the field edge in the woods to get to them. Chances are they will see you.  Turkeys are constantly looking into the timber for predators including hunters.  Rethink your approach.  Set up and call to them where you are or if you can get around them without being seen set up ahead of them.

Many hunters will roost a turkey the night before in hopes he’ll be in the same spot the next morning.   If you do this make sure you don’t get too close the next day.  You could bump them off the roost as you enter the woods in the morning and your hunt will be ruined.  I generally like to set up 75-100 yards from gobbling turkeys.  With the trees filled with leaves it gives you enough room to put out decoys and still be within calling distance when it gets daylight.

A lot of hunters don’t pattern their shotguns enough or practice bow shots for real-world turkey-hunting conditions. Today’s choke tubes can produce deadly patterns at amazing distances, but you still need to know what your choke tube will do with your shotgun, with the shot shells you use. If a turkey is inside 20 yards your shot pattern with a tight choke tube may only be the size of a golf ball.  Out to 40 yards it might be baseball size.  Big difference.  Same holds true for archery.  Practice from your hunting blind if you use one at realistic distances in the woods.  A small branch at 20-30 yards is all you need to hit to mess up a great shot.

Good luck this coming Wednesday!

 

Patoka Sportsman 4-15 & 4-16-17

The first of two public meetings for local deer hunters in Dubois County to express their views on the antlerless deer quota limits set by the Department of Natural Resources was held Wednesday night at Reflections in Huntingburg.  Approximately 50 stakeholders attended the meeting put on by the newly formed County Deer Advisory Council.  This is a pilot program under the Indiana Whitetail Deer Herd Management organization to give residents of Dubois County a voice to be heard by the DNR.  Overwhelmingly attendees at the meeting voted their desire to see the deer herd in Dubois County increase in population by lowering the bonus antlerless deer quotas.  The C.D.A.C. has a survey on their Facebook page and the organization encourages all interested stakeholders to go there and express your opinion a number of questions.  The survey will be open until April 26.  On April 27 there will be another public meeting at 6:30 PM at Reflections in Huntingburg to give the results of that survey.  The results will be given to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to help them determine the number of deer antlerless permits to issue for the upcoming Fall deer hunting season.  For more information you can visit the Dubois County Deer Advisory County or the Indiana Whitetail Deer Herd Management Facebook pages.

Join the Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalists at the beach for a beginners kayaking lesson on Saturday, April 22 at 12:30p.m. Eastern Time.  During this lesson, participants will get to try their hands at a few different kayaks and paddles.  Participants will learn what gear is needed and the best places to paddle on Patoka!  All equipment including life jackets will be provided.  This event is open to anyone ages 12 and up. Cost is $5 per person and space is limited to the first 50 people registered. Register by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447.

Take a short walk to a beautiful view of Patoka Lake on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1:00p.m. With the direction of a Naturalist, paint a scenic picture of sky, water, and trees. This program is perfect for anyone from beginners to those experienced in the arts. An 8×10” canvas, paints, and brushes will be provided for a $20 fee. Just bring along your own comfy chair. Pre-registration is required before April 20th and the event is limited to the first 15 to register.

April 22 & 23 is youth turkey hunting season in Indiana.  Youth age 17 or younger on the date of the hunt can participate but must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age.  The youth hunter must possess a valid license to take a wild turkey. The adult partner must possess a turkey hunting license and game bird habitat stamp if participating in the hunt unless exempt from license requirements.  The youth hunter may take only one bearded or male wild turkey during spring, which includes both the youth and regular spring turkey seasons. The youth must comply with all other turkey hunting regulations. The youth hunter may use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow. The youth’s adult partner must not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while in the field, except for a handgun carried lawfully. The spring season for the rest of us is April 26 through May 14, 2017. The bag limit is one bearded or male turkey for the spring season.

Hunters are required to register their harvested turkey within 48 hours of the kill. This can be done one of three ways:  Self reporting online through the DNR’s CheckIN Game system (CheckINGame.dnr.IN.gov), Calling 800-419-1326 (a $3 fee applies) or Finding a check station, license vendor, or retailer who will file the information for you through CheckIN Game.

Once the turkey is registered with the CheckIN Game system, a confirmation number will be generated. The number must be recorded on a temporary transportation tag and kept with the turkey until processing begins.

Are you an experienced turkey hunter or a beginner?  Either way there are some basic mistakes you could make that will prevent you from harvesting a turkey.  Let’s take a look at some of them.

If you’re impatient you’re not going to be a successful turkey hunter.  Many times a tom will stop gobbling 100 yards out after he’s been working in all morning or came quickly for the first couple hundred yards. Then he stops. Not that he’s seen you, he just stopped. Smart birds, or birds that have been pressured by hunters, may do that.  Maybe you turned him off with too much calling, maybe he just lost interest. Whatever the case, you get antsy and decide to move in or try another spot.  Do yourself a favor and wait a few more minutes after you think you’ve waited long enough.  Many times another 20 minutes or so is all you need to close the deal. A top could be coming in quiet.

When you finally decide it’s time to leave the woods don’t just take off your mask and start making lots of noise.  There could be turkeys nearby.  Leave as quietly as you came.  Walk out really slow and come back again another day.  I’ll have some additional turkey hunting tips in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 4-8 & 4-9-17

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday April the 9th at Beaver Lake. Sign-in will be from sunrise till noon. A practice range will be available, and concessions will also be sold. The entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members, $8 for children age 11-17, and free for the cub class (10 and younger) and active military members. From Jasper, take State Road 164 east to County Road 325 East, turn left and follow the road to the clubhouse on the right. For more information , call (812)630-0454 or 812-827-3756.

The Women in the Outdoors event will be held at the Patoka Lake Nature Center April 28-30 and includes overnight camping for the duration of the weekend. Women ages 16 and older can participate in activities including in depth archery lessons, kayaking, Dutch oven cooking, survival, wild edibles and medicine, wilderness 1st aid, basic fishing and fly fishing, firearms safety, trap shooting, rifle, outdoors and camping basics, boat operations, self –defense and wildlife tracking. Meals will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Camping will take place in the modern electric campgrounds. Registration is required by April 12th . Cost is $55 per participant. For more information or to register, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447. This event is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council.

The Dubois County Deer Advisory Council will hold their first public meeting April 12 at 6:30 PM at Reflections in Huntingburg.  This pilot program with Indiana Whitetail Deer Herd management is designed to meet and review data supplied by the IDNR to set the antlerless tag quota for that current year. Reviewing the overall trend of the deer heard in a particular county and considering local input through surveys gives all stakeholders a voice in how the local herd is managed.  All results and recommendations are then given to the local wildlife biologist for review and sent directly to IDNR for implementation.  The antlerless quota is reviewed each year and the overall trend of the herd every three years.  Season lengths, weapon choices, etc. are not considered. CDAC’s are meant to give the local citizens a voice, so if there are other issues that need addressed these meetings can be a place for those concerns to be documented and taken directly to DNR.  For more information go to www.iwdhm.com or on Facebook: Indiana Whitetail Deer Herd Management.

The Patoka Valley Limbhangers chapter of the NWTF will be hosting their annual Youth Turkey Hunt for ages 17 and under at Patoka Lake on April 22-23rd. There is a MANDATORY meeting at the Jasper Gun Club on April 11th at 6:00 pm. Registration Deadline: April 7. Spots are limited, so you are encouraged to submit applications asap! Email eggmatt@hotmail.com for the registration form along with any questions.

Four free fishing days have been announced for the 2017 fishing season, April 15, May 20, and June 3–4. This means Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout stamp to fish in public waters on these days. Several fishing events will be going on throughout the state.

Join the Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalists at the beach for a beginners kayaking lesson on Saturday, April 22 at 12:30p.m. Eastern Time.  During this lesson, participants will get to try their hands at a few different kayaks and paddles.  Participants will learn what gear is needed and the best places to paddle on Patoka!  All equipment including life jackets will be provided.  This event is open to anyone ages 12 and up. Cost is $5 per person and space is limited to the first 50 people registered. Register by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447.

Take a short walk to a beautiful view of Patoka Lake on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1:00p.m. With the direction of a Naturalist, paint a scenic picture of sky, water, and trees. This program is perfect for anyone from beginners to those experienced in the arts. An 8×10” canvas, paints, and brushes will be provided for a $20 fee. Just bring along your own comfy chair. Pre-registration is required before April 20th and the event is limited to the first 15 to register.

Registration is open for the Full Moon 5K taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Friday, June 9th at 9:30p.m. Race 3.1miles through the woods on roadways, a well-maintained gravel and grass lane and paved bike trail lit by moonlight and luminaries. 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.  Early registration is $25 which includes a race t-shirt. Go to http://fullmoon5K.itsyourrace.com to register today! For more information or call (812)685-2447.

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 4-1 & 4-2-17

Youth hunters (under age 18 on the day of the hunt) may apply for reserved turkey hunts during the special youth wild turkey hunting season, April 22 and 23, on selected DNR properties. You can register in person at the property office or by phone.  Youth hunts will be held locally at Sugar Ridge and Glendale FW Areas. Hunters are allowed to register for only one property.  At properties where the number of registered hunters exceeds the spots available, a drawing will be held on Monday, April 3. A youth hunter may be drawn for either one or both hunt days, depending on the number of applicants. All applicants will be notified of drawing results by mail.  A limit will be placed on the number of youth hunters allowed to hunt a respective property on each hunting day, in an attempt to provide quality hunts for participants. No applications will be accepted before March 20. Sugar Ridge — (812) 789-2724 Glendale — (812) 644-7711
The St. Anthony Conservation club will host their 6th Annual 3D Archery Expo Saturday, March 25.  3D registration is from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Raffle and activities will run from 8 AM to 4 PM.  30 target shooters will be entered for a chance to win a food plot package. Shoot for over $3,000 in prizes.  Bow raffle tickets will also be available. Official scorers will also be there.  Food and drinks will be available.  On site vendors include the DNR, new truck and ATV displays.  You can also meet pro staff members from Bowhunt or Die web show.  For more information call 812-630-1670 or find St. Anthony Conservation Club on Facebook.

The Mike Oeding youth Turkey Seminar will be held April 1 at the Ireland Sportsmen’s Club.  Registration will be from 9-9:30.  The seminar will be from 9:30 to 12:30.  Topics to be discussed including turkey hunting and turkey hunting biology, hunting laws and safety.  Each child will also rotate to several stations to learn more about calling, blind setup, placement and effective usage techniques, decoy demonstration and locating birds.  For more information contact Shawn Werner at 812-309-0835.  This youth turkey seminar is limited to the first 20 kids that sign up.

An Indian Hunter Ed. Course will be held April 4, 5 & 6 at the Cornerstone Methodist church in Christney, IN just east of the 4-H Center.  There is no charge for the class and students must attend all three nights.  You should bring highlighters, pens or pencils and any snacks or drinks you would like.  Bottled water and fruit will be provided by the Dubois county Sportsmen’s Club. For more information contact the lead instructor Perry Frey at pjfrey@psci.net.

Another Hunter Ed. Class will be held Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 at Paynetown SRA near Bloomington. Sugar Ridge FWA will host an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course March 20-23 from 6-8 PM each evening.  The Washington Conservation Club will host a class March 27-30 from 5:30-8 PM each evening.  Graber Post Sports Complex in Odon will host a Hunter Ed. Class April 3-6 from 5:30-8 PM each evening.  You must register online at pass it on Indiana dot com.

2017 fishing licenses are now available, both online and at license retailers around the state. The 2017 license starts on April 1 and expire on March 31, 2018.  The senior fish-for-life license at $17 is a great deal for those at least 64 years old and born after March 31, 1943. It is valid for the rest of that person’s life and includes the trout/salmon stamp privilege. If you haven’t purchased a license online since June 2016, adults age 18 and older will now need to set up their own account to purchase a license online. There are additional fees to cover credit card processing and system upgrades.

The 2017-18 Indiana fishing guide is now online and in retail locations throughout the state. Pick up yours today to make sure you’re up-to-date on fishing regulations in Indiana.  The guide includes feature stories on the DNR’s walleye stocking program and DNR’s urban fishing program, fish consumption advisories, and contact information for DNR fisheries biologists and law enforcement districts, and DNR properties.

Four free fishing days have been announced for the 2017 fishing season, April 15, May 20, and June 3–4. This means Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout stamp to fish in public waters on these days. Several fishing events will be going on throughout the state.

The Women in the Outdoors event will be held at the Patoka Lake Nature Center April 28-30 and includes overnight camping for the duration of the weekend. Women ages 16 and older can participate in activities including in depth archery lessons, kayaking, Dutch oven cooking, survival, wild edibles and medicine, wilderness 1st aid, basic fishing and fly fishing, firearms safety, trap shooting, rifle, outdoors and camping basics, boat operations, self –defense and wildlife tracking. Meals will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Camping will take place in the modern electric campgrounds. Registration is required by April 12th . Cost is $55 per participant. For more information or to register, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447. This event is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council.

Naturalist Dana Reckelhoff returns to the Dubois County Museum on Saturday, April 1, for a 10:30am program on Fishing.  The Program called Get Caught (Fishing) at the Dubois County Museum will explore the fun of basic fishing. Reckelhoff’s program offers participants lessons on how to identify fish, cast a line, and tie your own hook, as well as, how to know about the varieties of fish in our area and to learn how to catch them during a backyard bass casting game.  Open to ages grades Kindergarten to Grade 5.

Prizes will be awarded.

 

The Dubois County Deer Advisory Council will hold their first public meeting April 12 at 6:30 PM at Reflections in Huntingburg.  This pilot program with Indiana Whitetail Deer Herd management is designed to meet and review data supplied by the IDNR to set the antlerless tag quota for that current year. Reviewing the overall trend of the deer heard in a particular county and considering local input through surveys gives all stakeholders a voice in how the local herd is managed.  All results and recommendations are then given to IDNR.  The antlerless quota is reviewed each year and the overall trend of the herd every three years.  Season lengths, weapon choices, etc. are not considered. CDAC’s are meant to give the local citizens a voice, so if there are other issues that need addressed these meetings can be a place for those concerns to be documented and taken directly to DNR.  For more information go to www.iwdhm.com or on Facebook: Indiana Whitetail Deer Herd Management.  You can also go to the website and take a survey to express your opinion.

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday April the 9th at Beaver Lake. Sign-in will be from sunrise till noon. A practice range will be available, and concessions will also be sold. The entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members, $8 for children age 11-17, and free for the cub class (10 and younger) and active military members. From Jasper, take State Road 164 east to County Road 325 East, turn left and follow the road to the clubhouse on the right. For more information call (812)630-0454 or 8128273756.

Patoka Sportsman 3-11 & 3-12-17

Kid’s bring your parents to the Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, March 18 at 12:30p.m. to build your very own kite!  Participants will create a one of a kind kite using materials provided.  Once all kites have been constructed, join a car caravan to the beach for some high flying fun!  The cost for this program is $5 per kite. Pre-registration is required for this event.  Please call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447 to register or inquire for more details. The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Lake located north of Wickliffe Indiana, Highway 164. For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Patoka Hills Quail & Upland Game Alliance will hold its annual banquet on Sat. march 18 at Reflections in Huntingburg.  Doors open at 5:30 PM.  Dinner tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance by stopping by Reflections in Huntingburg or Great Outdoors in Jasper.  The mission of the non-profit conservation chapter is to promote and support youth outdoor activities and establishing & maintaining habitat for all wildlife.

The St. Anthony Conservation club will host their 6th Annual 3D Archery Expo Saturday, March 25.  3D registration is from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Raffle and activities will run from 8 AM to 4 PM.  30 target shooters will be entered for a chance to win a food plot package. Shoot for over $3,000 in prizes.  Bow raffle tickets will also be available. Official scorers will also be there.  Food and drinks will be available.  On site vendors include the DNR, new truck and ATV displays.  You can also meet pro staff members from Bowhunt or Die web show.  For more information call 812-630-1670 or find St. Anthony Conservation Club on Facebook.

The Mike Oeding youth Turkey Seminar will be held April 1 at the Ireland Sportsmen’s Club.  Registration will be from 9-9:30.  The seminar will be from 9:30 to 12:30.  Topics to be discussed including turkey hunting and turkey hunting biology, hunting laws and safety.  Each child will also rotate to several stations to learn more about calling, blind setup, placement and effective usage techniques, decoy demonstration and locating birds.  For more information contact Shawn Werner at 812-309-0835.  This youth turkey seminar is limited to the first 20 kids that sign up.

An Indian Hunter Ed. Course will be held April 4, 5 & 6 at the Cornerstone Methodist church in Christney, IN just east of the 4-H Center.  There is no charge for the class and students must attend all three nights.  You should bring highlighters, pens or pencils and any snacks or drinks you would like.  Bottled water and fruit will be provided by the Dubois county Sportsmen’s Club. For more information contact the lead instructor Perry Frey at pjfrey@psci.net.

Another Hunter Ed. Class will be held Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 at Paynetown SRA near Bloomington. Sugar Ridge FWA will host an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course March 20-23 from 6-8 PM each evening.  The Washington Conservation Club will host a class March 27-30 from 5:30-8 PM each evening.  Graber Post Sports Complex in Odon will host a Hunter Ed. Class April 3-6 from 5:30-8 PM each evening.  You must register online at pass it on Indiana dot com.

2017 fishing licenses are now available, both online and at license retailers around the state. The 2017 license starts on April 1 and expire on March 31, 2018.  The senior fish-for-life license at $17 is a great deal for those at least 64 years old and born after March 31, 1943. It is valid for the rest of that person’s life and includes the trout/salmon stamp privilege. If you haven’t purchased a license online since June 2016, adults age 18 and older will now need to set up their own account to purchase a license online. There are additional fees to cover credit card processing and system upgrades.

The 2017-18 Indiana fishing guide is now online and in retail locations throughout the state. Pick up yours today to make sure you’re up-to-date on fishing regulations in Indiana.  The guide includes feature stories on the DNR’s walleye stocking program and DNR’s urban fishing program, fish consumption advisories, and contact information for DNR fisheries biologists and law enforcement districts, and DNR properties.

Four free fishing days have been announced for the 2017 fishing season, April 15, May 20, and June 3–4. This means Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout stamp to fish in public waters on these days. Several fishing events will be going on throughout the state.

Join in a women’s only event to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed environment. This event will start at the Patoka Lake Nature Center and include overnight camping for the duration of the weekend. Women ages 16 and older can participate in activities including in depth archery lessons, kayaking, Dutch oven cooking, survival, wild edibles and medicine, wilderness 1st aid, basic fishing and fly fishing, firearms safety, trap shooting, rifle, outdoors and camping basics, boat operations, self –defense and wildlife tracking. Meals will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Camping will take place in the modern electric campgrounds. Registration is required by April 12th . Cost is $55 per participant. For more information or to register, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447. This event is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council.

Have you ever wished you knew how to kayak or wanted to try it out before buying your own equipment?  Join the Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalists at the beach for a beginners kayaking lesson on Saturday, April 22 at 12:30p.m. Eastern Time.  During this lesson, participants will get to try their hands at a few different kayaks and paddles.  Participants will learn what gear is needed and the best places to paddle on Patoka!  All equipment including life jackets will be provided.  This event is open to anyone ages 12 and up. Cost is $5 per person and space is limited to the first 50 people registered. Register by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447.  The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 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 other interpretive events please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Patoka Sportsman 3-4 & 3-5-17

The St. Anthony Conservation club will host their 6th Annual 3D Archery Expo Saturday, March 25.  3D registration is from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Raffle and activities will run from 8 AM to 4 PM.  30 target shooters will be entered for a chance to win a food plot package. Shoot for over $3,000 in prizes.  Bow raffle tickets will also be available. Official scorers will also be there.  Food and drinks will be available.  On site vendors include the DNR, new truck and ATV displays.  You can also meet pro staff members from Bowhunt or Die web show.  For more information call 812-630-1670 or find St. Anthony Conservation Club on Facebook.

The Mike Oeding youth Turkey Seminar will be held April 1 at the Ireland Sportsmen’s Club.  Registration will be from 9-9:30.  The seminar will be from 9:30 to 12:30.  Topics to be discussed including turkey hunting and turkey hunting biology, hunting laws and safety.  Each child will also rotate to several stations to learn more about calling, blind setup, placement and effective usage techniques, decoy demonstration and locating birds.  For more information contact Shawn Werner at 812-309-0835.  This youth turkey seminar is limited to the first 20 kids that sign up.

An Indian Hunter Ed. Course will be held April 4, 5 & 6 at the Cornerstone Methodist church in Christney, IN just east of the 4-H Center.  There is no charge for the class and students must attend all three nights.  You should bring highlighters, pens or pencils and any snacks or drinks you would like.  Bottled water and fruit will be provided by the Dubois county Sportsmen’s Club. Another Hunter Ed. Class will be held Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 at Paynetown SRA near Bloomington. Sugar Ridge FWA will host an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course March 20-23 from 6-8 PM each evening.  The Washington Conservation Club will host a class March 27-30 from 5:30-8 PM each evening.  Graber Post Sports Complex in Odon will host a Hunter Ed. Class April 3-6 from 5:30-8 PM each evening.  You must register online at pass it on Indiana dot com.  For more information contact the lead instructor Perry Frey at pjfrey@psci.net.

The black bear in southern Indiana should be soon waking up from hibernation. This is the second confirmed black bear in the state in 144 years. Remember to keep your distance and to remove all attractants if you live near Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.

The barn owl nest cam in southern Indiana has been updated to show the owls at a new angle. The barn owl pair can now be seen in the nest box. Barn owls are an endangered species in Indiana. Support for ongoing management and research comes through the nongame fund donations on your Indiana tax form. In 2016, donations through the tax check-off dropped dramatically. This was most likely due to a change that required donations from tax forms to be on a separate page, Schedule IN-5. This year, a code is also required to donate, which also may complicate the procedure for donating. The Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund code is “200.”

The DNR will be sharing information about white-tailed deer with a hunting group that is organizing a pilot program aimed at gathering public input for consideration in future deer management decisions.  The group – Indiana White-tailed Deer Herd Management (IWDHM) – is putting together county deer advisory councils, or CDACs, in a handful of counties. The pilot program is modeled after one that operates in Wisconsin.  In addition to local hunters, CDACs are expected to include representation from agriculture, forestry, local government, tourism, transportation, non-consumptive users, and a disease monitoring organization.  The DNR will provide the CDACs with information the agency already collects on an annual basis, including harvest data, crop depredation damage, forest damage, and deer-vehicle collision statistics.  CDAC meetings will gather public input on deer population goals and antlerless quotas for that county and share it with the DNR. IWDHM officials said they hope to add CDACs in Dubois and other counties.  For information on future CDAC meetings and locations, visit the IWDHM website at www.iwdhm.com, or email iwdhmgroup@yahoo.com.

Hunters can apply online for a reserved turkey hunt by visiting hunting.IN.gov  and clicking on the “Reserved Hunt Info” link. The application period runs through March 19. No late entries will be accepted. The online method is the only way to apply. Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying.

Four free fishing days have been announced for the 2017 fishing season, April 15, May 20, and June 3–4. This means Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout stamp to fish in public waters on these days. Several fishing events will be going on throughout the state.

The DNR will be stocking Spring Mill Lake in Spring Mill State Park with rainbow trout. The 26-acre lake has a history of rainbow trout stockings. However, in 2006 the DNR stopped stocking Spring Mill Lake because it had become filled with sediment and public access and interest in fishing was limited. A recent dredging project removed the sediment, and park staff rededicated the lake last year. In the works are a new boat ramp, boat rentals, fishing docks and fishing education programs. Stocking will take place between March 1 and mid-April, depending on weather.

Join in a women’s only event to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed environment. This event will start at the Patoka Lake Nature Center and include overnight camping for the duration of the weekend. Women ages 16 and older can participate in activities including in depth archery lessons, kayaking, Dutch oven cooking, survival, wild edibles and medicine, wilderness 1st aid, basic fishing and fly fishing, firearms safety, trap shooting, rifle, outdoors and camping basics, boat operations, self –defense and wildlife tracking. Meals will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Camping will take place in the modern electric campgrounds. Registration is required by April 12th . Cost is $55 per participant. For more information or to register, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447. This event is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council.

Registration is open for the Full Moon 5K taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Friday, June 9th at 9:30p.m. Race 3.1miles through the woods on roadways, a well-maintained gravel and grass lane and paved bike trail lit by moonlight and luminaries. 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.  Early registration is $25 which includes a race t-shirt. Go to http://fullmoon5K.itsyourrace.com to register today! For more information or call (812)685-2447.

 

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Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a 3-D Target Shoot, on Sunday, February 19th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliiffe. Participants should use the Main Entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight to Noon. Shooting Fees are $8.00 for Active Members, $10.00 for Nonmembers & $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17), While Cubs (10 & younger) & Active Military shoot for Free. For more information, Call: 812-205-0081.
The St. Anthony Conservation club will host their 6th Annual 3D Archery Expo Saturday, March 25. 3D registration is from 8 AM to 1 PM. Raffle and activities will run from 8 AM to 4 PM. 30 target shooters will be entered for a chance to win a food plot package. Shoot for over $3,000 in prizes. Bow raffle tickets will also be available. Official scorers will also be there. Food and drinks will be available. On site vendors include the DNR, new truck and ATV displays. You can also meet pro staff members from Bowhunt or Die web show. For more information call 812-630-1670 or find St. Anthony Conservation Club on Facebook.
An Indian Hunter Ed. Course will be held April 4, 5 & 6 at the Cornerstone Methodist church in Christney, IN just east of the 4-H Center. There is no charge for the class and students must attend all three nights. You should bring highlighters, pens or pencils and any snacks or drinks you would like. Bottled water and fruit will be provided by the Dubois county Sportsmen’s Club. You must register online at pass it on Indiana dot com. For more information contact the lead instructor Perry Frey at pjfrey@psci.net.
The black bear in southern Indiana should be soon waking up from hibernation. This is the second confirmed black bear in the state in 144 years. Remember to keep your distance and to remove all attractants if you live near Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.
The barn owl nest cam in southern Indiana has been updated to show the owls at a new angle. The barn owl pair can now be seen in the nest box. Barn owls are an endangered species in Indiana. Support for ongoing management and research comes through the nongame fund donations on your Indiana tax form. In 2016, donations through the tax check-off dropped dramatically. This was most likely due to a change that required donations from tax forms to be on a separate page, Schedule IN-5. This year, a code is also required to donate, which also may complicate the procedure for donating. The Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund code is “200.”
The DNR will be sharing information about white-tailed deer with a hunting group that is organizing a pilot program aimed at gathering public input for consideration in future deer management decisions. The group – Indiana White-tailed Deer Herd Management (IWDHM) – is putting together county deer advisory councils, or CDACs, in a handful of counties. The pilot program is modeled after one that operates in Wisconsin. In addition to local hunters, CDACs are expected to include representation from agriculture, forestry, local government, tourism, transportation, non-consumptive users, and a disease monitoring organization. The DNR will provide the CDACs with information the agency already collects on an annual basis, including harvest data, crop depredation damage, forest damage, and deer-vehicle collision statistics. CDAC meetings will gather public input on deer population goals and antlerless quotas for that county and share it with the DNR. IWDHM officials said they hope to add CDACs in Dubois and other counties. For information on future CDAC meetings and locations, visit the IWDHM website at www.iwdhm.com, or email iwdhmgroup@yahoo.com.
Hunters can apply online for a reserved turkey hunt by visiting hunting.IN.gov  and clicking on the “Reserved Hunt Info” link. The application period runs through March 19. No late entries will be accepted. The online method is the only way to apply. Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying.
Four free fishing days have been announced for the 2017 fishing season, April 15, May 20, and June 3–4. This means Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout stamp to fish in public waters on these days. Several fishing events will be going on throughout the state.
The DNR will be stocking Spring Mill Lake in Spring Mill State Park with rainbow trout. The 26-acre lake has a history of rainbow trout stockings. However, in 2006 the DNR stopped stocking Spring Mill Lake because it had become filled with sediment and public access and interest in fishing was limited. A recent dredging project removed the sediment, and park staff rededicated the lake last year. In the works are a new boat ramp, boat rentals, fishing docks and fishing education programs. Stocking will take place between March 1 and mid-April, depending on weather.
A distressed man called 911 Monday, saying he was attempting to take his own life in a heavily wooded area along the White River. That call was routed to an Indiana conservation officer, who found the man and saved his life. The call came in around 3 p.m. that a possibly suicidal man was somewhere along the White River in Southwestway Park, along Mann Road on the far southwest side of Marion County.
The nearest person who could help was Indiana Conservation Officer Nick Wilson, who began searching the trails in the area on his ATV. Dispatchers were able to provide Wilson, and IMPD officers who were also patrolling the area on foot, with only a broad search area from GPS information from the caller’s phone.
According to the Department of Natural Resources, the caller was in-and-out of consciousness throughout the search. He eventually became lucid enough to tell dispatchers that he heard Wilson’s ATV in the distance, allowing the officer to narrow his search and, ultimately, to find him.
Once he arrived once scene, Wilson saw that the man had cut himself deeply and was in serious distress. It was 20 minutes before any other responders were able to make it to Wilson’s location. An Indiana State Police helicopter was used to direct EMS to Wilson’s location. Once on scene, medics transported the man to IU Health Methodist Hospital in serious condition.
Wilson, who’s been a conservation officer for five years, said the call was a first for him. “I knew it was part of the job. I signed up for this knowing that one day I could get into this situation,” he said. “But due to our training, our first responder training, I felt comfortable showing up on scene and helping him out.”

 

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The 63rd annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show is coming to the Indiana State Fairgrounds Feb. 17-26. It’s the largest indoor event in Indiana and is the biggest sports how in the country. The boat, Sport & Travel Show is also the leading showplace for everything innovative in the outdoor sports and recreation marketplace. There are hundreds of exhibitors and demonstrations as well as numerous special events scattered throughout the fairgrounds that will entertain everyone.
The 26th Annual Indiana Motorcycle Exposition is Feb. 17-19 and it’s also part of the Indianapolis Boat Sport & Travel Show. This show provides a wide variety of deals on motorcycle, all terrain vehicles, go karts, accessories and apparel.
The 20th Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey I Waterfowl Exposition is Feb. 23-26. This show features the Hoosier trophy buck deer display, deer scoring, Indoor archery range, gun dog demonstrations, the big time hunting seminar series and much more. For tickets and more information visit www.renfroproductions.com or call 877-892-1723.
The 41st NWTF convention and sport show is Feb. 15-19 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. You can expect the same great nightly events, quality entertainment in the Waterin’ Hole, the latest gear from more than 600 companies featured in the exhibit hall, and deals on thousands of items in live and silent auctions. The Family Adventure Village is designed to bring conservation fun to the young and young at heart. It’s open the same hours as the exhibit hall. NWTF Members receive a free wristband good Friday through Sunday (must have valid member number).  Admission for youth ages 11-17 is $10 and they receive a JAKES membership. Children 10-years-old and under receive free admission. Military with valid ID receives a free wristband. Daily passes are available for $20 each. Join the NWTF for $35 to get a $25 Bass Pro Shops promo card and free admission for the weekend.
An Indian hunter Ed course will be held Friday, February 17 & Saturday Feb. 18 at the Huntingburg Conservation Club. This is a live fire class. Attendance of both days is required to pass the class. There is a 100 question test at the end of class that must be passed with a 70% or better, the test is based on a third graders read ability. Meals provided Friday evening snack at 8:00, Saturday lunch at noon and dinner at 6:00 cost for food is $15.00 for the first family member and $10.00 for all others. For Reservations contact Dick Lange @ dickl186@gmail.com or (812)309-4043. Pre registration is required and limited to the first 60 paid applicants. Visit www.passitonindiana.com to sign up for this or any other hunter ed. Course.
You can help wildlife species such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons, barn owls, box turtles, black bears and more by donating to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund as you do your taxes. In 2016, donations through the tax check-off dropped dramatically. This was most likely due to a change that required donations from tax forms to be on a separate page, Schedule IN-5. This year, a code is also required to donate, which also may complicate the procedure for donating. The Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund code is “200.”
Hunters can apply online for a reserved turkey hunt by visiting hunting.IN.gov  and clicking on the “Reserved Hunt Info” link. The application period is Feb. 1 through March 19. No late entries will be accepted. The online method is the only way to apply. Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying.
Four free fishing days have been announced for the 2017 fishing season, April 15, May 20, and June 3–4. This means Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout stamp to fish in public waters on these days. Several fishing events will be going on throughout the state.
The DNR will be stocking Spring Mill Lake in Spring Mill State Park with rainbow trout. The 26-acre lake has a history of rainbow trout stockings. However, in 2006 the DNR stopped stocking Spring Mill Lake because it had become filled with sediment and public access and interest in fishing was limited. A recent dredging project removed the sediment, and park staff rededicated the lake last year. In the works are a new boat ramp, boat rentals, fishing docks and fishing education programs. Stocking will take place between March 1 and mid-April, depending on weather.
A new forest wildlife habitat program will distribute almost $1 million in federal funding to private landowners in southern Indiana for the development of young forests. Similar to young forest projects in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes areas, the Southern Indiana Young Forest Initiative is a multiple-agency partnership that will make available $960,000 in cost-share funding to landowners in 43 southern counties. The DNR Division of Forestry will lead the five-year program. The goal is to create 3,000 acres of young forest habitat, also called early successional habitat, on private land. Hoosier National Forest, DNR Forestry, The Nature Conservancy Indiana Chapter and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will contribute an additional 5,436 acres for a combined 8,436 acres of habitat.
Redbird State Recreation Area recently earned recognition as the Greene County 2016 Tourism Attraction of the Year. The Greene County Tourism Advisory Board honored the DNR property at its annual meeting on Jan. 26. The board cited Redbird’s outstanding effort to attract visitors and tourists from both inside and outside the county. The honor is significant because Greene County is home to numerous attractions and more than 15,000 acres of public land, including Greene-Sullivan State Forest, Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area, Shakamak State Park and more. Redbird is one of only two state properties that allow off-road vehicle (ORV) recreation. The other is Interlake State Recreation Area in Lynnville.
At 1,450 acres, Redbird has trails and challenge areas for dirt bikes, ATVs, side-by-sides, and full-size 4×4 trucks and SUVs. Trail difficulty ranges from novice to expert. In addition to being open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, Redbird also hosts special events throughout the year. These events, which include Hi-Lift Day and Hall-O-Wheelin’, have attracted hundreds of visitors to the property and Greene County. Redbird is also open to boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, mushroom hunting and picnicking. It is located in rural Linton, in both Greene and Sullivan counties.
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The Patoka Valley Limbhangers chapter of the NWTF is sponsoring their Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, February 4 at the Ferdinand Community Center. Doors open at 4:30 and the dinner starts at 6:30. Ticket prices are $50 for a single, $65 for a couple, $20 for Jakes and current NWTF members. Sponsor tickets and an early bird gun rack pack are also available. For more information contact Dave Jellison at 812-639-0208 or email drjellison@gmail.com.
The 63rd annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport 7 Travel Show is coming to the Indiana State Fairgrounds Feb. 17-26. It’s the largest indoor event in Indiana and is the biggest sports how in the country. The boa, Sport 7 Travel Show is also the leading showplace for everything innovative in the outdoor sports and recreation marketplace. There are hundreds of exhibitors and demonstrations as well as numerous special events scattered throughout the fairgrounds that will entertain everyone.
The 26th Annual Indiana Motorcycle Exposition is Feb. 17-19 and it’s also part of the Indianapolis Boat Sport 7 Travel Show. This show provides a wide variety of deals on motorcycle, all terrain vehicles, go karts, accessories and apparel.
The 20th Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey I Waterfowl Exposition is Feb. 23-26. This show features the Hoosier trophy buck deer display, deer scoring, Indoor archery range, gun dog demonstrations , the big time hunting seminar series and much more. For tickets and more information visit www.renfroproductions.com or call 877-892-1723.
The 41st NWTF convention and sport show is Bef. 15-19 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. You can expect the same great nightly events, quality entertainment in the Waterin’ Hole, the latest gear from more than 600 companies featured in our exhibit hall, and deals on thousands of items in our live and silent auctions. The Family Adventure3 Village is designed to bring conservation fun to the young and young at heart. It’s open the same hours as the exhibit hall. NWTF Members receive a free wristband good Friday through Sunday (must have valid member number).  Admission for youth ages 11-17 cost $10 and receive a JAKES membership. Children 10-years-old and under receive free admission. Military with valid ID receive a free wristband. Daily passes are available for $20 each. Join the NWTF for $35 to get a $25 Bass Pro Shops promo card and free admission for the weekend.

An Indian hunter Ed course will be held Friday, February 17 & Saturday Feb. 18 at the Huntingburg Conservation Club. This is a live fire class. Attendance of both days is required to pass the class. There is a 100 question test at the end of class that must be passed with a 70% or better, the test is based on a third graders read ability. Meals provided Friday evening snack at 8:00, Saturday lunch at noon and dinner at 6:00 cost for food is $15.00 for the first family member and $10.00 for all others. For Reservations contact Dick Lange @ dickl186@gmail.com or (812)309-4043. Pre registration is required and limited to the first 60 paid applicants. Visit www.passitonindiana.com to sign up for this or any other hunter ed. Course.
A new forest wildlife habitat program will distribute almost $1 million in federal funding to private landowners in southern Indiana for the development of young forests. Similar to young forest projects in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes areas, the Southern Indiana Young Forest Initiative is a multiple-agency partnership that will make available $960,000 in cost-share funding to landowners in 43 southern counties. The DNR Division of Forestry will lead the five-year program.
The goal is to create 3,000 acres of young forest habitat, also called early successional habitat, on private land. Hoosier National Forest, DNR Forestry, The Nature Conservancy Indiana Chapter and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will contribute an additional 5,436 acres for a combined 8,436 acres of habitat.
The program will benefit many at-risk and state-endangered species, according to State Forester John Seifert.
The Southern Indiana Young Forest Initiative will advance the population recoveries of young forest bird species such as ruffed grouse, American woodcock, blue-winged warbler, yellow-breasted chat, and whip-poor-will. This area is based on the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture bird conservation region and shows a dramatic lack of early successional habitat.
Young forest habitat is lacking in Indiana due to changes in land use over the last century. After farms on hilly and marginal land failed during the Great Depression, Indiana experienced a period of reforestation and a boom in young forest habitat. But those reforested areas have aged in unison and are reaching maturity. The initiative is being funded by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
Other partners include DNR Fish & Wildlife, Ruffed Grouse Society, Indiana Forest & Woodland Owners Association, Izaak Walton League, The Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation, Central Hardwoods Joint Venture and National Wild Turkey Federation. DNR district foresters will help private landowners develop young forest management plans and apply for funding.
Enrollment opportunities are expected to begin in 2017. Landowners can begin the process by contacting their local NRCS district conservationist or DNR district forester. Contact information for NRCS district conservationists is at nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/contact/local.
Contact information for DNR district foresters is at dnr.IN.gov/forestry/4750.htm.
Media contact: John Seifert, State Forester, DNR Division of Forestry, (317) 232-4116, jseifert@dnr.IN.gov.

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I’d like to thank our participating processors and everyone that donated to our Hunters for the Hungry program this year.  Sanders Processing, Ohio Valley Caviar, Cannelburg Processing and Ferdinand Processing processed a total of 119 donated deer.  This amounts to 6,136 pounds of quality deer meat that is being distributed at local food banks.

The Patoka Valley Limbhangers chapter of the NWTF is sponsoring their Hunting Heritage Banquet on Saturday, February 4 at the Ferdinand Community Center.  Doors open at 4:30 and the dinner starts at 6:30.  Ticket prices are $50 for a single, $65 for a couple, $20 for Jakes and current NWTF members.  Sponsor tickets and an early bird gun rack pack are also available.  For more information contact Dave Jellison at 812-639-0208 or email drjellison@gmail.com.

Indiana Conservation Officers have partnered with Indiana Turn in a Poacher (T.I.P.), Friends of Goose Pond and International Crane Foundation to offer a reward of $6500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for killing a Whooping Crane in Greene County.

On January 3, 2017 an International Crane Foundation volunteer found the crane near Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife area.  The carcass has been sent to the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon for further testing.

In an effort to apprehend those responsible for the killing of the Whooping Crane, several conservation organizations have come together to offer a reward.

Goose Pond FWA is a winter home for up to 25% of the entire eastern Whooping Crane population according to Dane Strahle, Friends of Goose Pond president.

Friends of Goose Pond’s board members are offering a $2,500 reward.  This reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.  International Crane Foundation is supporting this effort and has committed to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Indiana Turn in a Poacher (TIP) is adding an additional $500.  An additional $2500 is being offered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) for information leading to conviction.

“Poaching is referred to as theft of our precious natural resources”, said Joe Cales, TIP president.  “As citizens of Indiana, we do not tolerate the unlawful taking of our fish, wildlife or natural resources and we stand firmly against those who do.”

The Whooping Crane killed in Greene County was part of an effort by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership to establish an eastern continental flock on a migratory path between Wisconsin and Florida. This migration path crosses through Indiana, with Whooping Crane’s often stopping at Goose Pond FWA. Indiana Conservation Officers are collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to investigate this crime.

Eagles over Monroe January 27-29 celebrates the close relationship that Monroe Lake has with these majestic birds. This unique special event at Fourwinds Lakeside Inn at Fairfax SRA dives into the lives of eagles and other raptors: tour the lake to see eagles in the wild, learn about recent research, meet live raptors, explore bird biology, and explore new ways to enhance your enjoyment of birds at Monroe Lake. Programs are accessible to both beginners and experienced birders, adults and children. Bring your family, bring your friends, and join us for Eagles over Monroe! Event Registration Rate: $10 if purchased by Jan. 24; $15 if purchased at the event.  Lunch with the Raptors Tickets: $20 ($15 for ages 10 and under) if purchased by Jan. 24; $22/$17 if purchased at the event.  Special lodging rate of $79/night available for event attendees, for rooms reserved by Jan. 24

The Winter Exploration Hike Series on Tuesday, January 24 features off-trail hiking through lesser-known areas of Monroe Lake. These are exploratory in nature so there is no “set” path; we’ll have a general route in mind, but plenty of freedom to veer off as things of interest catch our eyes. Hikers should be prepared for the possibility of rugged terrain, lack of formal toilet facilities, and lots of fun! Each hike lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. Registrants will be sent an email with driving directions to the meeting location and additional details at least one day prior.  Call the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967 or Email: jvance@dnr.IN.gov.

Winter is the time that many of us look for things to do.  Several boat, sport, travel and hunting shows are coming up.  The NWTF show is February 16-19 at Nashville, TN.  The Indy BSTS is February 24-26.  January 27 is the big show at the Louisville Fairgrounds.

An Indian hunter Ed course will be held Friday, February 17 & Saturday Feb. 18 at the Huntingburg Conservation Club. This is a live fire class. Attendance of both days is required to pass the class. There is a 100 question test at the end of class that must be passed with a 70% or better, the test is based on a third graders read ability. Meals provided Friday evening snack at 8:00, Saturday lunch at noon and dinner at 6:00 cost for food is $15.00 for the first family member and $10.00 for all others. For Reservations contact Dick Lange @ dickl186@gmail.com or (812)309-4043. Pre registration is required and limited to the first 60 paid applicants.  Visit www.passitonindiana.com to sign up for this or any other hunter ed. Course.

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Experiencing the world of eagles in Indiana with indoor & outdoor programs at Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, January 7th from 10:30am –3pm E.S.T. during the 29th annual Eagle Watch. Featured will be a resident bald eagle & other live raptors. Dana Reckelhoff, DNR Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalist, will share the life and story of these amazing birds of prey. Join Brian Finch, Patoka Lake Wildlife Specialist and his team on driving tours to hot spots for eagle viewing. He will share the history of the 1980’s Eagle Reintroduction Program. Discover interesting information about eagles found in your part of the state. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Participants can also bring a sack lunch. Kid’s activities and crafts will be available from 11-2:30p.m. Pre-registration is required with a $5/ person program fee. Participants 5 years of age and younger attend at no charge. Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras! Have vehicles fueled for the driving tour. To pre-register or for more information, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.
An Indiana Hunter Education Course is slated for Saturday’s January 14th and 21st at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds. Classes will run from 9a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday 14th and from 8a.m. to 4:30p.m. on Saturday 21st. Participants must attend both days to complete the course. All instruction will be by Indiana conservation officers and certified Indiana volunteer hunter education instructors. Certification is required for anyone born after December 31, 1986, who wishes to purchase an Indiana hunting license. The course will cover ethics, safety, laws, survival and safe handling practices for archery, black powder and firearms. Lunch will be provided for participants and attending family members on both days for $5/person/day. To sign up, visit www.passitonindiana.com. There is a 150- student limit for the class and pre-registration is required. This course is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council and Dubois County Sportsmen. For questions, call (812)639-0573.
If you love spending time in the great outdoors there’s a lot of hunting seasons still open. If you like to hunt rabbits you can do that until February 28. Quail season is open until January 10 if you live south of Interstate 74. Coyote season continues through March 15. You can hunt raccoon and opossum until January 31.
Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a 3-D Target Shoot on Sunday, January 15th at Patoka Lakle Archery Range near Wickliffe. Shooters should use the Main Entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration is Daylight – Noon. Shooting fees are $8.00 for Active Members, $10.00 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 DCSC will have their next regular monthly meeting on January 16 at the Jasper Moose Lodge. This will be the annual gun raffle drawing. If you still have tickets to sell make sure you get them sold and turned in on or before the meeting. You can take them to the Great Outdoors or bring them the night of the meeting. Please bring bigger bills to save counting all the smaller ones.

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Hunters this fall can check their game online through the CheckIN Game system, in the new Fish & Wildlife Online Services application, at an on-site check station or by phone. The online CheckIN Game system and the Fish & Wildlife Online Services at www.inhuntfish.com can be used with any Internet-connected device. For the online services application, you will need to sign up for an account. All information, such as licenses held, game checked and other purchases will be stored for future use. Both of these options are free. The phone-in option (1-800-419-1326) carries a $3 fee (Visa or Mastercard only).

Deer harvest numbers can be viewed daily thanks to DNR’s CheckIN Game System. Hunters are required to check in their deer using the CheckIN Game system, either online, by phone, or at an on-site check station. All data is put directly into the CheckIN game database. This allows DNR to report unofficial harvest numbers on a daily basis. The harvest total is updated every 24 hours at midnight. All numbers are raw data and unofficial until DNR Fish & Wildlife biologists verify the data after the deer hunting season ends.

If you harvest a deer this season and can’t use the meat you can donate it to the hunters for the hungry program administered by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club through a grant from a Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund grant.  Deer can be taken to Sander Processing in Celestine, Ferdinand Processing, Ohio Valley Custom Deer Processing in English or Cannelburg Processing.  The entire deer must be donated.  You must check in your deer before taking it to one of our participating processors.  Each deer you donate will give you a chance to win a gun donated by Dr. Greg Gordon and Jasper Optical lab.

Call the TIP hotline if you see, hear or learn about a poacher or another fish and wildlife rules violation. If your “TIP” leads to an arrest, you may receive as much as a $200 reward, and you can remain anonymous. Call 1-800-TIP-IDNR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Feel the wind of an eagle’s wings while experiencing the world of eagles in Indiana with indoor & outdoor programs at Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, January 7th from 10:30am –3pm E.S.T. during the 29th annual Eagle Watch. Featured will be a resident bald eagle & other live raptors. Dana Reckelhoff, DNR Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalist, will share the life and story of these amazing birds of prey. Join Brian Finch, Patoka Lake Wildlife Specialist and his team on driving tours to hot spots for eagle viewing.  We will share the history of the 1980’s Eagle Reintroduction Program. Discover interesting information about eagles found in your part of the state.  Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Participants can also bring a sack lunch.  Kid’s activities and crafts will be available from 11-2:30p.m.

 

Pre-registration is required with a $5/ person program fee. Participants 5 years of age and younger attend at no charge. Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras!  Have vehicles fueled for the driving tour. To pre-register or for more information, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

An Indiana Hunter Education Course is slated for Saturday’s January 14th and 21st at the Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds.    Classes will run from 9a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday 14th and from 8a.m. to 4:30p.m.  on Saturday 21st. Participants must attend both days to complete the course.  All Indiana residents are invited to complete this FREE course.  All instruction will be by Indiana conservation officers and certified Indiana volunteer hunter education instructors.  Certification is required for anyone born after December 31, 1986, who wishes to purchase an Indiana hunting license. The course will cover ethics, safety, laws, survival and safe handling practices for archery, black powder and firearms.  Lunch will be provided for participants and attending family members on both days for $5/person/day.  To sign up, visit www.passitonindiana.com. There is a 150- student limit for the class and pre-registration is required. This course is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council and Dubois County Sportsmen. For questions, call (812)639-0573.

 

 

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Patoka Sportsman 11-12 & 11-13-16

Indiana’s whitetail firearms season begins November 12.  Still scratching your head over what’s legal and what isn’t in the new rifle regulations for deer hunting in Indiana this year?  Here are three questions that will guide you to the correct answers:
1. Does the rifle have a barrel at least 16 inches long?
2. Is the rifle chambered to fire a cartridge with a case length of at least 1.16 inches?
3. Does that cartridge fire a bullet that is either .243 inches or .308 inches in diameter (or their metric equivalents, 6mm and 7.62mm, respectively)?

If the answer is yes to all three, then it’s legal under HEA 1231, a law passed earlier this year by the State Legislature. If the answer is “no” to any of those three questions, it does not meet the HEA 1231 standards for new rifle options.

Hunters this fall can check their game online through the CheckIN Game system, in the new Fish & Wildlife Online Services application, at an on-site check station or by phone. The online CheckIN Game system and the Fish & Wildlife Online Services at www.inhuntfish.com can be used with any Internet-connected device. For the online services application, you will need to sign up for an account. All information, such as licenses held, game checked and other purchases will be stored for future use. Both of these options are free. The phone-in option (1-800-419-1326) carries a $3 fee (Visa or Mastercard only).

Deer harvest numbers can be viewed daily thanks to DNR’s CheckIN Game System. Hunters are required to check in their deer using the CheckIN Game system, either online, by phone, or at an on-site check station. All data is put directly into the CheckIN game database. This allows DNR to report unofficial harvest numbers on a daily basis. The harvest total is updated every 24 hours at midnight. All numbers are raw data and unofficial until DNR Fish & Wildlife biologists verify the data after the deer hunting season ends.

Many Indiana state parks will close for four days in the coming weeks to allow for controlled deer reductions. The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 14-15, and Nov. 28-29.
The state parks affected are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Indiana Dunes, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill and Cave River Valley Natural Area, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial.

Call TIP if you see, hear or learn about a poacher or another fish and wildlife rules violation. If your “TIP” leads to an arrest, you may receive as much as a $200 reward, and you can remain anonymous. Call 1-800-TIP-IDNR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hunters, furbearers and anglers using Patoka Lake on Saturday November 19, December 3 & 17 from 8:30 – 1:30 PM are welcome to warm up inside the Nature Center. They will treat you to a cup of coffee or hot chocolate to get your blood pumping again. Share stories of your experiences out in the field. Resident Birds of Prey: bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, and/or eastern screech owl will be in the backyard shelters from 10 AM to 2:30.

Purdue University’s Extension System has awarded their annual highest honor, “Friend of Extension”, to the DNR Law Enforcement Division’s Outdoor Education Coordinators, Tim Beck and Chris Clark for 2016.  This award is presented to people who assist the Extension System in reaching their goals and mission.  The award was presented during a luncheon on November 3, at Purdue’s Memorial Union.
“The impact of the Shooting Sports program and state team that Tim and Chris have developed goes above and beyond”, said Lt. Larry Morrison, Outdoor Education Commander.  “The dedication and commitment demonstrated by these two to organize instructors and coordinate workshops is worthy of this prestigious award.  I am very proud of their accomplishment.”  “My sincere appreciation to Purdue University for recognizing the efforts of Tim and Chris”, said Danny L. East, DNR Law Enforcement Director.  “This is another example of the excellence to service provided by the DNR Law Enforcement Division personnel.”

Local residents are invited to assist Patoka Lake in cutting up hazard trees dropped by staff in high use areas throughout the property through the purchase of firewood permits beginning November 3. Firewood permit will be available depending on weather and staff time.  Property employees are removing trees that threaten to fall or lose limbs, primarily in high traffic areas such as the modern campground, fisherman’s campground, and beach area.  Most trees have suffered damage from the emerald ash borer. Others are simply finishing their natural life cycle and must be removed because of their locations adjacent to buildings or areas that people frequent.   Local residents may cut up and haul away as firewood for $10.00 per pick-up truck load. A permit will be required and can be obtained at the property office between 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on weekdays.  Days, hours and access to specific areas for cutting will be determined by weather conditions and availability of downed hazard trees. Call the park office at 812-685-2464 for updates.

Patoka Sportsman 11-5 & 11-6-16

November 8th is Indiana’s election.  We all have a civic duty to go to the polls and vote or be quiet if you don’t like the candidates that are elected.  There are four questions on the Indiana ballot that all of us in Dubois county will be voting on this November.  One question in particular refers to the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that will add a section 39 to article 1.  The amendment will read: “Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting and fishing?”

If you’re an outdoors person I encourage you to vote yes to preserve these rights forever.  I also suggest that you contact others who support hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife to let them know this very important question will be on the ballot.

The Spencer County 4H Shooting Sports is having a ‘Call out’ for people interested in participating in the archery and/or the air rifle program. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM at the 4 H center west of 231 in Chrisney on Tuesday, November 1st for Grades K-12.  Participants must register for online.  Classes begin on January 13 at 6:00, then every Tuesday thru June.  Questions please call the Extension office 812 482-2434 or Erik Ruhe, coordinator, 812 630-6540.

Indiana’s whitetail firearms season begins November 12.  Still scratching your head over what’s legal and what isn’t in the new rifle regulations for deer hunting in Indiana this year?  Here are three questions that will guide you to the correct answers:

1. Does the rifle have a barrel at least 16 inches long?
2. Is the rifle chambered to fire a cartridge with a case length of at least 1.16 inches?
3. Does that cartridge fire a bullet that is either .243 inches or .308 inches in diameter (or their metric equivalents, 6mm and 7.62mm, respectively)?

If the answer is yes to all three, then it’s legal under HEA 1231, a law passed earlier this year by the State Legislature. If the answer is “no” to any of those three questions, it does not meet the HEA 1231 standards for new rifle options.

State offices will be closed Nov. 8 (Election Day) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), so consider buying your license early to avoid any possible delays.

Hunters this fall can check their game online through the CheckIN Game system, in the new Fish & Wildlife Online Services application, at an on-site check station or by phone. The online CheckIN Game system and the Fish & Wildlife Online Services at www.inhuntfish.com can be used with any Internet-connected device. For the online services application, you will need to sign up for an account. All information, such as licenses held, game checked and other purchases will be stored for future use. Both of these options are free. The phone-in option (1-800-419-1326) carries a $3 fee (Visa or Mastercard only).

Deer harvest numbers can be viewed daily thanks to DNR’s CheckIN Game System. Hunters are required to check in their deer using the CheckIN Game system, either online, by phone, or at an on-site check station. All data is put directly into the CheckIN game database. This allows DNR to report unofficial harvest numbers on a daily basis. The harvest total is updated every 24 hours at midnight. All numbers are raw data and unofficial until DNR Fish & Wildlife biologists verify the data after the deer hunting season ends.

Many Indiana state parks will close for four days in the coming weeks to allow for controlled deer reductions. The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 14-15, and Nov. 28-29.
The state parks affected are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Indiana Dunes, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill and Cave River Valley Natural Area, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial.

Call TIP if you see, hear or learn about a poacher or another fish and wildlife rules violation. If your “TIP” leads to an arrest, you may receive as much as a $200 reward, and you can remain anonymous. Call 1-800-TIP-IDNR, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Meet the naturalist and other certified archery instructors at the Patoka Lake Nature Center for a beginner to intermediate archery lesson on Saturday, December 10th from 9a.m.- Noon.  This event is open to adults and youth ages 8 and up.  All archery equipment will be provided. Participation is limited to the first 15 registrants.  Pre-register by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.  Join in a friendly archery competition at 12:30p.m. using the skills you learned at the lesson.  For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Hunters, furbearers and anglers using Patoka Lake on Saturday November 19, December 3 & 17 from 8:30 – 1:30 PM are welcome to warm up inside the Nature Center. They will treat you to a cup of coffee or hot chocolate to get your blood pumping again. Share stories of your experiences out in the field. Resident Birds of Prey: bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, and/or eastern screech owl will be in the backyard shelters from 10 AM to 2:30.

 

Patoka Sportsman 10-22 & 10-23-16

An Indiana Hunter Education Class is scheduled for Nov. 4th and 5th at Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Office located at 2310 East State Road 364 in Winslow, IN.  Class times will be 6:00 pm -9:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday. This class is open to everyone, but will be taught primarily in Spanish. Topics covered will include hunting ethics, basics of firearm and archery safety, laws, wildlife science and survival.  Anyone born after December 31st 1986 will need to pass a hunter education class in order to buy a hunting license.

November 8th is Indiana’s election.  We all have a civic duty to go to the polls and vote or be quiet if you don’t like the candidates that are elected.  There are four questions on the Indiana ballot that all of us in Dubois county will be voting on this November.  One question in particular refers to the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that will add a section 39 to article 1.  The amendment will read: “Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting and fishing?”

If you’re an outdoors person I encourage you to vote yes to preserve these rights forever.  I also suggest that you contact others who support hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife to let them know this very important question will be on the ballot.

Fall turkey archery and firearms hunting season continues in Indiana through Oct. 30.

Hunters, including those using archery equipment, must meet hunter orange requirements while hunting for deer during firearms (Nov. 12-27, 2016), muzzleloader (Dec. 3-18, 2016) and special antlerless firearm (Dec. 26, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017) seasons.

An occupied ground blind must display hunter orange of at least 144 square inches on each side so that it is visible from any direction while deer hunting during any deer season in which a hunter is already required to wear hunter orange. Hunter orange is required only on ground blinds constructed of manmade or synthetic materials and placed on or within 4 feet of the ground that conceal a hunter so the hunter orange is visible from one or more directions and is required on public and private land. A flag placed on top of a blind does not satisfy this hunter orange requirement.

Deer archery season began Oct. 1, and you have several choices in what deer license to purchase.  A deer bundle license can be used in all seasons (except the deer reduction zone season) and gives the hunter the privilege to harvest up to three deer (3 antlerless or 1 antlered and 2 antlerless deer). If you hunt in more than one season, this is the license deal for you. Find out more at deer.dnr.IN.gov.
Hunters this fall can check their game online through the CheckIN Game system, in the new Fish & Wildlife Online Services application, at an on-site check station or by phone. The online CheckIN Game system and the Fish & Wildlife Online Services at www.inhuntfish.com can be used with any Internet-connected device. For the online services application, you will need to sign up for an account. All information, such as licenses held, game checked and other purchases will be stored for future use. Both of these options are free. The phone-in option (1-800-419-1326) carries a $3 fee (Visa or Mastercard only).

Indiana Conservation Officer Tony Mann was recently selected as the 2016 District 7 Hunter Ed. Officer of the Year.  ICO Mann was recognized by his fellow officers for his outstanding effort in promoting ethical and safe hunting through the Hunter Ed. Program.  Tony and other district representatives were honored at the annual Indiana Hunter Ed. Ass. Banquet.  Tony who is assigned to Martin and Dubois Counties was also recently honored for 25 years of service as an Indiana Conservation Officer.

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 10-15 & 10-16-16

An Indiana trapper Education Class will be held Sat. Oct. 15 from 8 AM – 4 PM at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area.  The class is free and lunch will be provided by the Dubois County Sportsmen Club.  The class will be specifically oriented toward beginning trappers with subjects to include: Furbearer Management, behavior & disease, trapper safety, historical culture of trapping, sportsmanship, rules & regulations and trapper ethics, trapper technology, equipment, modifications and preparation for upland and water trapping, trap setting demonstrations, proper fur handling techniques and trapline management.  Visit passitonindiana.com to sign up.  Sponsored by Indiana Cons. Officers and Fur Takers of America.

An Indiana Hunter Education Class is scheduled for Nov. 4th and 5th at Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Office located at 2310 East State Road 364 in Winslow, IN.  Class times will be 6:00 pm -9:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday. This class is open to everyone, but will be taught primarily in Spanish. Topics covered will include hunting ethics, basics of firearm and archery safety, laws, wildlife science and survival.  Anyone born after December 31st 1986 will need to pass a hunter education class in order to buy a hunting license.

November 8th is Indiana’s election.  We all have a civic duty to go to the polls and vote or be quiet if you don’t like the candidates that are elected.  There are four questions on the Indiana ballot that all of us in Dubois county will be voting on this November.  One question in particular refers to the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that will add a section 39 to article 1.  The amendment will read: “Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting and fishing?”

If you’re an outdoors person I encourage you to vote yes to preserve these rights forever.  I also suggest that you contact others who support hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife to let them know this very important question will be on the ballot.

Fall turkey archery hunting season continues in Indiana through Oct. 30. Fall Firearms season is Oct. 19-30.

Hunters, including those using archery equipment, must meet hunter orange requirements while hunting for deer during firearms (Nov. 12-27, 2016), muzzleloader (Dec. 3-18, 2016) and special antlerless firearm (Dec. 26, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017) seasons.

An occupied ground blind must display hunter orange of at least 144 square inches on each side so that it is visible from any direction while deer hunting during any deer season in which a hunter is already required to wear hunter orange. Hunter orange is required only on ground blinds constructed of manmade or synthetic materials and placed on or within 4 feet of the ground that conceal a hunter so the hunter orange is visible from one or more directions and is required on public and private land. A flag placed on top of a blind does not satisfy this hunter orange requirement.

Deer archery season began Oct. 1, and you have several choices in what deer license to purchase.  A deer bundle license can be used in all seasons (except the deer reduction zone season) and gives the hunter the privilege to harvest up to three deer (3 antlerless or 1 antlered and 2 antlerless deer). If you hunt in more than one season, this is the license deal for you. Find out more at deer.dnr.IN.gov.
Hunters this fall can check their game online through the CheckIN Game system, in the new Fish & Wildlife Online Services application, at an on-site check station or by phone. The online CheckIN Game system and the Fish & Wildlife Online Services at www.inhuntfish.com can be used with any Internet-connected device. For the online services application, you will need to sign up for an account. All information, such as licenses held, game checked and other purchases will be stored for future use. Both of these options are free. The phone-in option (1-800-419-1326) carries a $3 fee (Visa or Mastercard only).

The Dubois County Museum presents a program for children called, “Let’s Get Wild at the Museum”.  The program will be Saturday, October 22, at 10:30am, at the museum on 2704 N. Newton Street in Jasper (US 231N).  Dana Reckelhoff, Department of Natural Resources Naturalist from Patoka Lake Nature/Visitors Center, will be bringing several of their live birds of prey to the museum on that day for a program in front of the log house at the museum.  Visitors will be able to view the birds up close as she holds them and learn facts and information about them.  She will show a red tailed hawk, eastern screech owl and bald eagle. There will be a $2 fee for entrance to this program.  Visitors are also invited to visit the new Wildlife Adventure Room in the museum to see wildlife in taxidermy form collected from all over the world.

The next Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club meeting will be this Monday,October 17th at the Dubois County Museum on Newton street in Jasper.  ‘Fair Chase’ social time starts at 6:00 PM (EST) with the meeting to start at 7:00 PM.  Dinner will be catered and the Museum will be open for a tour.  There will be a special presentation at the start of the meeting.

 

Patoka Sportsman 10-8 & 10-9-16

An Indiana trapper Education Class will be held Sat. Oct. 15 from 8 AM – 4 PM at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area.  The class is free and lunch will be provided by the Dubois County Sportsmen Club.  The class will be specifically oriented toward beginning trappers with subjects to include: Furbearer Management, behavior & disease, trapper safety, historical culture of trapping, sportsmanship, rules & regulations and trapper ethics, trapper technology, equipment, modifications and preparation for upland and water trapping, trap setting demonstrations, proper fur handling techniques and trapline management.  Visit passitonindiana.com to sign up.  Sponsored by Indiana Cons. Officers and Fur Takers of America.

November 8th is Indiana’s election.  We all have a civic duty to go to the polls and vote or be quiet if you don’t like the candidates that are elected.  There are four questions on the Indiana ballot that all of us in Dubois county will be voting on this November.  One question in particular refers to the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that will add a section 39 to article 1.  The amendment will read: “Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting and fishing?”

If you’re an outdoors person I encourage you to vote yes to preserve these rights forever.  I also suggest that you contact others who support hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife to let them know this very important question will be on the ballot.

To hunt wild turkey beginning October 1, a valid turkey hunting license and a valid game bird habitat stamp privilege are required. Those that have a lifetime comprehensive hunting, lifetime comprehensive hunting and fishing, or resident youth hunt/trap license can hunt turkey and do not need to purchase the game bird habitat stamp because it is included with those license types.

You can assist another hunter by calling only if you are licensed to hunt turkeys, regardless of whether or not you have harvested a turkey yourself. The bag and possession limit for the fall seasons is one bird of either sex, regardless of hunting equipment used or what portion of the season. Fall archery season is statewide. Fall firearm season has specific dates for specific counties.  Locally they include: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Green Knox, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick

  • Fall archery (including crossbows): Statewide from Oct. 1 – 30, 2016 and Dec. 3, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Fall firearm: Oct. 19 -30, 2016

Three notable changes are in place for the 2016-17 hunting and trapping seasons. The first involves certain rifles for deer hunting, sometimes referred to as high powered rifles. The State Legislature passed a law earlier this year that allows some new rifle options for deer hunting on private land only. The new law does not affect regulations for other rifles previously allowed for deer hunting. In summary, the new options have the following requirements:

  • The rifle must have a barrel length of at least 16 inches.
  • The cartridge must have a case length of at least 1.16 inches.
  • The cartridge must fire a bullet with a diameter that is .243 inches (same as 6mm) or .308 inches (same as 7.62 mm).
  • Bullets with a diameter smaller than .243 inches (same as 6mm), larger than .308 inches (same as 7.62mm), or in between .243 and .308 are not legal.
  • A hunter may not possess more than 10 cartridges for each of these rifles while hunting deer.
  • Full metal jacketed bullets are illegal.
  • The new rifle options can be used only on private land.

The new law also approved use of a handgun that fires the 10mm Auto or .40-caliber Smith & Wesson to hunt deer during seasons when firearms are legal to use. Full metal jacketed bullets are illegal.

Hunters, including those using archery equipment, must meet hunter orange requirements while hunting for deer during firearms (Nov. 12-27, 2016), muzzleloader (Dec. 3-18, 2016) and special antlerless firearm (Dec. 26, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017) seasons. Hunter orange must be worn during the special youth deer season (Sept. 24-25, 2016).

An occupied ground blind must display hunter orange of at least 144 square inches on each side so that it is visible from any direction while deer hunting during any deer season in which a hunter is already required to wear hunter orange. Hunter orange is required only on ground blinds constructed of manmade or synthetic materials and placed on or within 4 feet of the ground that conceal a hunter so the hunter orange is visible from one or more directions and is required on public and private land. A flag placed on top of a blind does not satisfy this hunter orange requirement.

Deer archery season began Oct. 1, and you have several choices in what deer license to purchase.  A deer bundle license can be used in all seasons (except the deer reduction zone season) and gives the hunter the privilege to harvest up to three deer (3 antlerless or 1 antlered and 2 antlerless deer). If you hunt in more than one season, this is the license deal for you. Find out more at deer.dnr.IN.gov.
Cost:
$65 for Indiana residents
$295 for non-residents
$65 for non-resident youth

Resident youth should purchase a youth hunt/trap license, which includes deer hunting privileges.

Hunters this fall can check their game online through the CheckIN Game system, in the new Fish & Wildlife Online Services application, at an on-site check station or by phone. The online CheckIN Game system and the Fish & Wildlife Online Services at www.inhuntfish.com can be used with any Internet-connected device. For the online services application, you will need to sign up for an account. All information, such as licenses held, game checked and other purchases will be stored for future use. Both of these options are free. The phone-in option (1-800-419-1326) carries a $3 fee (Visa or Mastercard only).

The Dubois County Museum presents a program for children called, “Let’s Get Wild at the Museum”.  The program will be Saturday, October 22, at 10:30am, at the museum on 2704 N. Newton Street in Jasper (US 231N).  Dana Reckelhoff, Department of Natural Resources Naturalist from Patoka Lake Nature/Visitors Center, will be bringing several of their live birds of prey to the museum on that day for a program in front of the log house at the museum.  Visitors will be able to view the birds up close as she holds them and learn facts and information about them.  She will show a red tailed hawk, eastern screech owl and bald eagle. There will be a $2 fee for entrance to this program.  Visitors are also invited to visit the new Wildlife Adventure Room in the museum to see wildlife in taxidermy form collected from all over the world.

Patoka Sportsman 10-1 & 10-2-16
An Indiana trapper Education Class will be held Sat. Oct. 15 from 8 AM – 4 PM at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area. The class is free and lunch will be provided by the Dubois County Sportsmen Club. The class will be specifically oriented toward beginning trappers with subjects to include: Furbearer Management, behavior & disease, trapper safety, historical culture of trapping, sportsmanship, rules & regulations and trapper ethics, trapper technology, equipment, modifications and preparation for upland and water trapping, trap setting demonstrations, proper fur handling techniques and trapline management. Visit passitonindiana.com to sign up. Sponsored by Indiana Cons. Officers and Fur Takers of America.
November 8th is Indiana’s election. We all have a civic duty to go to the polls and vote or be quiet if you don’t like the candidates that are elected. There are four questions on the Indiana ballot that all of us in Dubois county will be voting on this November. One question in particular refers to the ratification of a Constitutional amendment that will add a section 39 to article 1. The amendment will read: “Shall the Constitution of the State of Indiana be amended by adding a Section 39 to Article 1 to provide that the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife shall be forever preserved for the public good, subject only to the laws prescribed by the General Assembly and rules prescribed by virtue of the authority of the General Assembly to: (1) promote wildlife conservation and management; and (2) preserve the future of hunting and fishing?”
If you’re an outdoors person I encourage you to vote yes to preserve these rights forever. I also suggest that you contact others who support hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife to let them know this very important question will be on the ballot.
To hunt wild turkey beginning October 1, a valid turkey hunting license and a valid game bird habitat stamp privilege are required. Those that have a lifetime comprehensive hunting, lifetime comprehensive hunting and fishing, or resident youth hunt/trap license can hunt turkey and do not need to purchase the game bird habitat stamp because it is included with those license types. A separate turkey hunting license is required when hunting during each turkey hunting season — one for the spring season and one for the fall season. Game bird habitat stamp privileges are good for both spring and fall seasons in the same calendar year. You can assist another hunter by calling only if you are licensed to hunt turkeys, regardless of whether or not you have harvested a turkey yourself. The bag and possession limit for the fall seasons is one bird of either sex, regardless of hunting equipment used or what portion of the season. Fall archery season is statewide. Fall firearm season has specific dates for specific counties. Locally they include: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Green Knox, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick
• Fall archery (including crossbows): Statewide from Oct. 1 – 30, 2016 and Dec. 3, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017.
• Fall firearm: Oct. 19 -30, 2016
Three notable changes are in place for the 2016-17 hunting and trapping seasons. The first involves certain rifles for deer hunting, sometimes referred to as high powered rifles. The State Legislature passed a law earlier this year that allows some new rifle options for deer hunting on private land only. The new law does not affect regulations for other rifles previously allowed for deer hunting. In summary, the new options have the following requirements:
• The rifle must have a barrel length of at least 16 inches.
• The cartridge must have a case length of at least 1.16 inches.
• The cartridge must fire a bullet with a diameter that is .243 inches (same as 6mm) or .308 inches (same as 7.62 mm).
• Bullets with a diameter smaller than .243 inches (same as 6mm), larger than .308 inches (same as 7.62mm), or in between .243 and .308 are not legal.
• A hunter may not possess more than 10 cartridges for each of these rifles while hunting deer.
• Full metal jacketed bullets are illegal.
• The new rifle options can be used only on private land.
The new law also approved use of a handgun that fires the 10mm Auto or .40-caliber Smith & Wesson to hunt deer during seasons when firearms are legal to use. Full metal jacketed bullets are illegal.
Youth deer season is Sept. 24-25, 2016. Youth age 17 or younger on the date of the hunt can participate but must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age. The youth hunter may use a legal firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow to take a deer.
Hunters, including those using archery equipment, must meet hunter orange requirements while hunting for deer during firearms (Nov. 12-27, 2016), muzzleloader (Dec. 3-18, 2016) and special antlerless firearm (Dec. 26, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017) seasons. Hunter orange must be worn during the special youth deer season (Sept. 24-25, 2016).
An occupied ground blind must display hunter orange of at least 144 square inches on each side so that it is visible from any direction while deer hunting during any deer season in which a hunter is already required to wear hunter orange. Hunter orange is required only on ground blinds constructed of manmade or synthetic materials and placed on or within 4 feet of the ground that conceal a hunter so the hunter orange is visible from one or more directions and is required on public and private land. A flag placed on top of a blind does not satisfy this hunter orange requirement.
Deer archery season begins Oct. 1, and you have several choices in what deer license to purchase. A deer bundle license can be used in all seasons (except the deer reduction zone season) and gives the hunter the privilege to harvest up to three deer (3 antlerless or 1 antlered and 2 antlerless deer). If you hunt in more than one season, this is the license deal for you. Find out more at deer.dnr.IN.gov.

Cost:
$65 for Indiana residents
$295 for non-residents
$65 for non-resident youth
Resident youth should purchase a youth hunt/trap license, which includes deer hunting privileges.

Patoka Sportsman
9-10 & 9-11-16
Broken Arrow Archery Club will hold their last shoot of the season on September 11 at the Beaver Lake Range. Registration is from 7 AM till noon. Food & drinks will be available. For more information contact Cliff Fleck at 812-630-0454.
Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a 3-D Target Shoot, including “30” Whitetail Deer, “3” Turkeys & “2” Coyotes on Sunday, September 18th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use Main Entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – Noon. Shooting Fees are $8.00 for Active Members, $10.00 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
If you need to take an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course before you head off for a fall hunting trip one will be held September 13, 15 & 19 from 6-10 PM each evening at Graber Post Sports Complex in Odon, IN. The Bedford Boat & Sportsman Club will hold an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on September 16 from 6-9 PM and Sept. 17 from 8 AM – 4 PM. There’s no need to register online at Bedford just show up at the course and you can register then. Call 812-653-7192 to get more information. Yellow Banks Recreation Area is hosting a course on September 17 & 18 from 8 AM – 1 PM each day. Saturday after the class there will be a fishing tournament and camp out at the Yellow Banks lake if anyone wishes to do so. Contact Rodney Oxley at 812-760-8617 if you plan to participate. The St. Meinrad K of C is having a hunter ed class on Friday, Sept. 16 from 6-9 PM and Sat. Sept. 17 from 8-4 CST. Lunch will be provided Satureay. Students must register online at pass it on Indiana dot com and must attend both days. Contact pjfrey@psci.net for more info.
The Dover Hill Christian Union Church located 4 miles north of Shoals on Hwy. 450 is sponsoring an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on Sept. 15, 16 & 17. All instruction will be by Indiana Conservation Officers and certified Indiana Volunteer Hunter Ed. Instructors. There is no charge for attending the class. A Hunter Ed. certification is required for all persons born after December 31, 1986 who wish to purchase an Indiana hunting license. To register go to www.passitonindiana.com. Sponsored by Doverhill Christian Union Church and West Boggs Park.
The 15th annual “Wheelin’ IN the Fish” will be held at Osborn Boat Ramp, Patoka Lake on Saturday, September 17th 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!
Bring your kayak (or canoe) and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Sunday, September 18th at 9:30a.m. at the Fisherman’s Campground Boat Ramp. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as we check out an active bald eagle nest and look for beaver, bald eagles, osprey and other wildlife along the way. Bring binoculars, cameras, preferred refreshments and sunscreen for this two hour long journey. For more information regarding this program, or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.
A celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day will be held Sept. 24 at Paynetown SRA at Monroe Lake. The hun & fish expo is from 1-4 PM. Experience hunting and retrieving dogs, hunting with raptors, fish identification and management, venison preparation and cooking, turkey hunting 11, fishing skills and casting practice, archery for hunters and kids activities. For a schedule and more information call 812-837-9967.
The Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with DNR Fish & Wildlife, is sponsoring a series of September venison processing workshops. During each workshop, a deer will be skinned, butchered, and prepared in a variety of ways for the participants to taste. Adult registration is $20; children are free. Early registration for the workshop at Perry Central High School on Sept. 14 from 6-9 PM can be made by calling Perry Central High School in Leopold at 812-547-7084.

Patoka Sportsman 9-3 & 9-4-16

Broken Arrow Archery Club will hold their last shoot of the season on September 11 at the Beaver Lake Range.  Registration is from first shooting light till noon.  Food & drinks will be available.  For more information contact Terry Ebert at 812-630-1670.

Indiana residents who are age 17 or younger on Sept. 3-4 and Nov. 26-27 can take any legal game that’s in season on those dates without having to buy a hunting license. To participate, the youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age. See the 2016-17 Hunting & Trapping guide, available in August, for a full list of rules and regulations for free youth hunting days.  For youth who would like to learn more about hunting, several events are planned in September at DNR Fish & Wildlife Areas.

If you need to take an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course before you head off for a fall hunting trip one will be held September 13, 15 & 19 from 6-10 PM each evening at Graber Post Sports Complex in Odon, IN.  The Bedford Boat & Sportsman Club will hold an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on September 16 from 6-9 PM and Sept. 17 from 8 AM – 4 PM.  There’s no need to register online at Bedford just show up at the course and you can register then.  Call 812-653-7192 to get more information.  Yellow Banks Recreation Area is hosting a course on September 17 & 18 from 8 AM – 1 PM each day.  Saturday after the class there will be a fishing tournament and camp out at the Yellow Banks lake if anyone wishes to do so.  Contact Rodney Oxley at 812-760-8617 if you plan to participate.

The Dover Hill Christian Union Churck located 4 miles north of Shoals on Hwy. 450 is sponsoring an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on Sept. 15, 16 & 17.  All instruciton will be by Indiana Conservaton Officers and certified Indiana Volunteer Hunter Ed. Instructors.  There is no charge for attending the class.  A Hunter Ed. certification is requierd for all persons born afte rDecember 31, 1986 who wish to pruchase an Indiana hunting license.  To register go to www.passitonindiana.com.  Sponsored by Doverhill Christian Union Church and West Boggs Park.

The 15th annual “Wheelin’ IN the Fish” will be held at Osborn Boat Ramp, Patoka Lake on Saturday, September 17th 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!

Bring your kayak (or canoe) and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Sunday, September 18th at 9:30a.m. at the Fisherman’s Campground Boat Ramp.  Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as we check out an active bald eagle nest and look for beaver, bald eagles, osprey and other wildlife along the way.  Bring binoculars, cameras, preferred refreshments and sunscreen for this two hour long journey.  For more information regarding this program, or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

A celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day will be held Sept. 24 at Paynetown SRA at Monroe Lake.  The hun & fish expo is from 1-4 PM.  Experience hunting and retrieving dogs, hunting with raptors, fish identification and management, venison preparation and cooking, turkey hunting 11, fishing skills and casting practice, archery for hunters and kids activities.  For a schedule and more information call 812-837-9967 or email jvance@dnr.in..gov.

Sixty rural and volunteer fire departments from 36 Indiana counties have been awarded more than $250,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.The DNR Division of Forestry administers the grants that are available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The awarded grants range from $575 to $5,000 and were given to 60 departments.  Included in our area are:  Celestine VFD (Dubois) $2,613 Wildland, Dubois VFD (Dubois) $3,940 Safety, Haysville Community VFD (Dubois) $2,462 Radios, Madison Twp. VFD (Dubois) $3,097 Water handling, Schnellville VFD (Dubois) $3,275 Radios, St. Anthony VFD (Dubois) $3,219 Water handling,  Jefferson Twp VFD (Pike) $5,000 Safety, Patoka Twp VFD (Pike) $2,550 Radios, St. Meinrad VFD (Spencer) $5,000 Safety.

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced plans to establish management and surveillance zones in three east central Indiana counties in response to the recent finding of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in a wild white-tailed deer at a Franklin County cattle farm. The plan designates a Bovine Tuberculosis Management Zone for the area south of State Road 44 in Fayette County and all of Franklin County. The area north of State Road 48 in Dearborn County will be a Surveillance Zone.
In the Surveillance Zone, the DNR’s goal is to collect samples from between 350 and 1,100 deer, depending on the sex and age of the animal. The emphasis will be on bucks that are 2-years-old or older. To meet this objective, the Surveillance Area will consist of periods of mandatory and voluntary check-in at biological check stations.
Mandatory check-in of hunter-harvested deer will be required at biological check stations on Sept. 24-25 and from Nov. 4 through Nov. 27. Hunters must check their deer online within 12 hours of harvest to obtain a registration number, then bring the deer to the biological check station within the same 12-hour period after harvest.

 

For more information on bovine tuberculosis in Indiana, visit the Board of Animal Health’s website at www.in.gov/boah/2396.htm.

 

 

Contact Information:
Name: Joe Caudell
Phone: (812) 334-1137 ext. 1http://www.in.gov/activecalendar_dnr/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=11367&information_id=24599&type=&syndicate=syndicate

The 2016-17 deer reduction zones (formerly called urban deer zones) have been approved. There are five regions: Evansville, Lafayette, Central Indiana, Allen County, Lake County and Porter County. Firearms legal for deer hunting (including legal rifles on private land where allowed by local ordinances) can be used in reduction zones with a deer reduction zone license or to count the deer towards the reduction zone bag limit from Nov. 12 through Jan. 31, 2017.

The Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with DNR Fish & Wildlife, is sponsoring a series of September venison processing workshops. During each workshop, a deer will be skinned, butchered, and prepared in a variety of ways for the participants to taste. Adult registration is $20; children are free. Early registration for the workshop at Perry Central High School on Sept. 14 from 6-9 PM can be made by calling Perry Central High School in Leopold at 812-547-7084.

 

Patoka Sportsman 8-27 & 8-28-16

Broken Arrow Archery Club will hold their last shoot of the season on September 11 at the Beaver Lake Range.  Registration is from first shooting light till noon.  Food & drinks will be available.  For more information contact Terry Ebert at 812-630-1670.

ON August 28 the St. Anthony Conservation Club will be having a 30 target 3D shoot.  Breakfast sandwiches, burgers & drinks will be available.  3D registration will run from 7 Am to 1 PM.  All ages are welcome.  Cost is $10 for shooters and if they’re ten years of age and younger it’s only $5.  For more information call 812-630-1670.

Indiana residents who are age 17 or younger on Sept. 3-4 and Nov. 26-27 can take any legal game that’s in season on those dates without having to buy a hunting license. To participate, the youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age. See the 2016-17 Hunting & Trapping guide, available in August, for a full list of rules and regulations for free youth hunting days.  For youth who would like to learn more about hunting, several events are planned in September at DNR Fish & Wildlife Areas.

Enjoy a special presentation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday, September 3 at10a.m.  Meet at the Dam off Highway 545 on Cuzco Road.  Discover the detailed operations of reservoir management for flood control as the guide takes you inside the actual Dam Tower structure! How is the lake level and spring flooding controlled?  Who built the Patoka Reservoir & Dam in the 1970s?  Bring family and friends, and join in this fun informative program.  This will be the final Dam Tower Tour of the season.

If you need to take an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course before you head off for a fall hunting trip one will be held September 13, 15 & 19 from 6-10 PM each evening at Graber Post Sports Complex in Odon, IN.  The Bedford Boat & Sportsman Club will hold an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on September 16 from 6-9 PM and Sept. 17 from 8 AM – 4 PM.  There’s no need to register online at Bedford just show up at the course and you can register then.  Call 812-653-7192 to get more information.  Yellow Banks Recreation Area is hosting a course on September 17 & 18 from 8 AM – 1 PM each day.  Saturday after the class there will be a fishing tournament and camp out at the Yellow Banks lake if anyone wishes to do so.  Contact Rodney Oxley at 812-760-8617 if you plan to participate.

Any child under 11 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian every session. At the first session, everyone under 18 years of age must give the instructor a signed, completed Liability Release Form (download, print, and sign). This form must have the parent or guardian’s signature.

 

Applications will be accepted online Aug. 25 through Sept. 26 for the Bluffs of Beaver Bend Nature Preserve Deer Hunts.  The Firearms Hunt is Nov 19-20, 2016.  The Muzzleloader Hunt: Dec. 10-11, 2016.  Applicants must possess a valid license to take a deer in Indiana at the time of the application. Applicants are allowed to apply for themselves and one hunting partner.

If applicants wish to apply with a hunting partner, the primary applicant must have his or her partner’s hunting license number and date of birth when applying. Applicants must be Indiana residents (or possess a valid lifetime license to take deer in Indiana), be 18 years old by the first hunt date, and must possess the proper licenses to hunt deer. Once you have submitted your application online, you cannot change it.

Each applicant may appear on only one application per hunt (i.e., you cannot be listed as a primary applicant AND a partner for the same hunt.)

Firearm hunts allow any firearm legal to take deer on public land in Indiana. Muzzleloader hunts allow any equipment legal to take deer in Indiana during muzzleloader season.

Deer harvested at this hunt are part of your statewide bag limit. Bonus antlerless licenses can be used. Martin County has a bonus antlerless county quota of four.

 

Patoka Sportsman 8-20 & 8-21-16

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “30” Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, August 21st at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – Noon. Shooting Fees are $8.00 for Active Members, $10.00 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.

Broken Arrow Archery Club will hold their last shoot of the season on September 11 at the Beaver Lake Range.  Registration is from first shooting light till noon.  Food & drinks will be available.  For more information contact Terry Ebert at 812-630-1670.

You can help remove trash and debris from the shores of Patoka Lake on Saturday, August 27th from 8am – 1p.m.  Sign-in begins at 8a.m. at Hoosier Hills Marina with trash pickup to follow.  All participating volunteers will be rewarded with a FREE fish fry at Hoosier Hills Marina starting at Noon.  Special prize drawings will take place from 11:30 – 1p.m. Volunteers should wear sturdy walking shoes.  All supplies will be provided, just bring your family, friends, students and club members!  Patoka is YOUR lake, so come join us in keeping it clean!  For more information, please call Dana at the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Indiana residents who are age 17 or younger on Sept. 3-4 and Nov. 26-27 can take any legal game that’s in season on those dates without having to buy a hunting license. To participate, the youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age. See the 2016-17 Hunting & Trapping guide, available in August, for a full list of rules and regulations for free youth hunting days.  For youth who would like to learn more about hunting, several events are planned in September at DNR Fish & Wildlife Areas.

Enjoy a special presentation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday, September 3 at10a.m.  Meet at the Dam off Highway 545 on Cuzco Road.  Discover the detailed operations ofreservoir management for flood control as the guide takes you inside the actual Dam Tower structure! How is the lake level and spring flooding controlled?  Who built the Patoka Reservoir & Dam in the 1970s?  Bring family and friends, and join in this fun informative program.  This will be the final Dam Tower Tour of the season.

If you need to take an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course before you head off for a fall hunting trip one will be held September 13, 15 & 19 from 6-10 PM each evening at Graber Post Sports Complex in Odon, IN.  The Bedford Boat & Sportsman Club will hold an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on September 16 from 6-9 PM and Sept. 17 from 8 AM – 4 PM.  There’s no need to register online at Bedford just show up at the course and you can register then.  Call 812-653-7192 to get more information.  Yellow Banks Recreation Area is hosting a course on September 17 & 18 from 8 AM – 1 PM each day.  Saturday after the class there will be a fishing tournament and camp out at the Yellow Banks lake if anyone wishes to do so.  Contact Rodney Oxley at 812-760-8617 if you plan to participate.

Indiana.  Hunter Education Courses will provide instruction in the areas of safe firearm use and handling while hunting, as well as in the home, hunter ethics and responsibility, game identification, and conservation management. Anyone born after December 31, 1986 is required to be certified in Hunter Education before they can purchase a hunting license.  Hunter Education classes are offered by knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer instructors and Indiana Conservation Officers.  The Classroom Course must include a minimum of 10 hours of instruction. Most classes offered are 1 to 3 sessions. In order to be certified, students must attend the entire class including all sessions.

Any child under 11 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian every session. At the first session, everyone under 18 years of age must give the instructor a signed, completed Liability Release Form (download, print, and sign). This form must have the parent or guardian’s signature.

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 8-13 & 8-14-16

Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 20th 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 3.1 miles along groomed gravel roads and a paved bike trail. Go to http://headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon.itsyourrace.com/ to register today! Visit http://triathlons.dnr.in.gov/ for more information or call (812)685-2447.

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “30” Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, August 21st at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – Noon. Shooting Fees are $8.00 for Active Members, $10.00 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.

Help remove trash and debris from the shores of Patoka Lake on Saturday, August 27th from 8am – 1p.m.  Sign-in begins at 8a.m. at Hoosier Hills Marina with trash pickup to follow.  All participating volunteers will be rewarded with a FREE fish fry at Hoosier Hills Marina starting at Noon.  Special prize drawings will take place from 11:30 – 1p.m. Last year volunteers went home with tickets to Shotz laser tag and putt putt golf, Patoka Lake Marina lake cruises, t-shirts, Frisbees, rain collection barrels and prize packets!  Volunteers should wear sturdy walking shoes.  All supplies will be provided, just bring your family, friends, students and club members!  Patoka is YOUR lake, so come join us in keeping it clean!  For more information, please call Dana at the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Indiana residents who are age 17 or younger on Sept. 3-4 and Nov. 26-27 can take any legal game that’s in season on those dates without having to buy a hunting license. To participate, the youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age. See the 2016-17 Hunting & Trapping guide, available in August, for a full list of rules and regulations for free youth hunting days.  For youth who would like to learn more about hunting, several events are planned in September at DNR Fish & Wildlife Areas.

Enjoy a special presentation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday, September 3 at10a.m.  Meet at the Dam off Highway 545 on Cuzco Road.  Discover the detailed operations ofreservoir management for flood control as the guide takes you inside the actual Dam Tower structure! How is the lake level and spring flooding controlled?  Who built the Patoka Reservoir & Dam in the 1970s?  Bring family and friends, and join in this fun informative program.  This will be the final Dam Tower Tour of the season.

Are you concerned about the lack of public access to hunting and fishing? Are you also concerned that existing public hunting areas, public boat ramps and parks are not being maintained? Do you realize that average age of Indiana’s fish hatcheries are over 50 years? You can have you chance to express your views and help all sportsmen.

The Izaak Walton League http://in-iwla.org/ is leading an effort in asking all sportsmen and sporting conservation groups to email or call state legislators.  The legislators are having a Natural Resources interim study committee meeting on August 24. Topics and Testimony concerning: (a) an accounting of all properties maintained by the Department of Natural Resources, including needs for maintenance, improvements, and upgrades to those properties; and (b) anticipated future property needs.

Testimony concerning additional long term funding sources for the President Benjamin Harrison Conservation Trust Fund. To find your legislators go on the web and Goggle on: Find your legislator – Indiana General Assembly or link http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/ It’s easy to call and leave a message or email. Legislators need to hear from us. The squeaky wheel gets greased. The future of Indiana’s sport hunting and fishing is at stake.

Links: Indiana Ikes – http://in-iwla.org/

Assembly find you legislator – http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

Hearing – http://iga.in.gov/documents/74fb29e4

 

Patoka Sportsman 8-6 & 8-7-16

There will be an Indiana Hunter Ed. Class August 12 from 6-9 PM and August 13 from 7:45 Am – 4:30 PM at the Celestinie Community Club.  Check in is 5:45 PM on August 12.  All instruction will be by Indiana Conservation Officers and certified Indiana volunteer Hunter Ed. Instructors.  There is no charge for attending the class.  Hunter Ed. Certification is required for all persons born after December 31, 1986 who wish to purchase an Indiana hunting License.  For more informaiton contact Brett Collignon at pipeman@psci.net or visit www.passitonindiana.com to register.

Another Indiana hunter ed. Class will be August 9, 10 & 11 from 6-930 PM CST at the Cornerstone UM Church in Chrisney, jus toff 231.  Online registration is at indianahea.com or passitonindiana.com.  For more information contact Perry Frey at 812-449-1339.

Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 20th 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 3.1 miles along groomed gravel roads and a paved bike trail. Go to http://headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon.itsyourrace.com/ to register today! Visit http://triathlons.dnr.in.gov/ for more information or call (812)685-2447.

Help remove trash and debris from the shores of Patoka Lake on Saturday, August 27th from 8am – 1p.m.  Sign-in begins at 8a.m. at Hoosier Hills Marina with trash pickup to follow.  All participating volunteers will be rewarded with a FREE fish fry at Hoosier Hills Marina starting at Noon.  Special prize drawings will take place from 11:30 – 1p.m. Last year volunteers went home with tickets to Shotz laser tag and putt putt golf, Patoka Lake Marina lake cruises, t-shirts, Frisbees, rain collection barrels and prize packets!  Volunteers should wear sturdy walking shoes.  All supplies will be provided, just bring your family, friends, students and club members!  Patoka is YOUR lake, so come join us in keeping it clean!  For more information, please call Dana at the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

The DNR’s Natural Resources Building is the place to be during the Indiana State Fair (Aug. 5-21). Located in the northwest area of the Fairgrounds, DNR’s building not only is one of the few with air conditioning but also houses the best information, wild animals, and fun. Stop by the Fishin’ Pond (open daily). Children ages 5-17 can fish for free every day of the Fair. See a snake or two, check out large aquariums filled with Indiana fish, and view live raptors at the amphitheater. While you are cooling off inside the DNR building, pick up the latest recreation guide, fishing guide, hunting & trapping guide, boating guide, off-road vehicle guide and much more.

You can assist with ecosystem management in Indiana State Parks by participating in a state park deer reduction hunt. Registration ends Aug. 22. Reduction hunts will be held Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 28-29. More information can be found at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5834.htm.

Indiana residents who are age 17 or younger on Sept. 3-4 and Nov. 26-27 can take any legal game that’s in season on those dates without having to buy a hunting license. To participate, the youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age. See the 2016-17 Hunting & Trapping guide, available in August, for a full list of rules and regulations for free youth hunting days.  For youth who would like to learn more about hunting, several events are planned in September at DNR Fish & Wildlife Areas.

DNR officials are happy with the outcome of a project to improve fishing at West Boggs Lake in Daviess and Martin counties. In fall 2014, officials drained and treated the lake to eradicate gizzard shad and other undesirable species in an effort to restore a balanced fishery.
After the renovation, the lake was restocked with 104,374 largemouth bass, 462,476 bluegills and 195,245 redear sunfish, all fingerlings. A total of 816 adult largemouth bass also were restocked after being salvaged by anglers during spring bass tournaments and by biologists during fall electrofishing. Fifty-five adult channel catfish were returned also. In fall 2015, a total of 43,668 black crappie fingerlings and 4,496 channel catfish, ranging in size from 3.5 to 8 inches, were stocked.
DNR biologists conducted an electrofishing survey at West Boggs on June 27 to monitor the survival and growth of fish stocked. Largemouth bass fingerlings, which averaged 3.9 inches when stocked in fall 2014, now range from 10.5 to 14.7 inches and average 11.4 inches. The average length of a 2-year-old bass is 9 inches. Growth for bluegills and redears also was above average. Bluegills from the initial stocking ranged from 6.5 to 8.4 inches, averaging 7.5 inches. The average 2-year-old bluegill is 4.3 inches long. Redears were collected up to 9 inches.
The restoration stocking of West Boggs will wrap up this fall with the addition of another 80,000 black crappies. Biennial channel catfish stockings will start in 2017.

 

Patoka Sportsman 7-30 & 7-31-16

There will be an Indiana Hunter Ed. Class August 12 from 6-9 PM and August 13 from 7:45 Am – 4:30 PM at the Celestinie Community Club.  Check in is 5:45 PM on August 12.  All instruction will be by Indiana Conservation Officers and certified Indiana volunteer Hunter Ed. Instructors.  There is no charge for attending the class.  Hunter Ed. Certification is required for all persons born after December 31, 1986 who wish to purchase an Indiana hunting License.  For more informaiton contact Brett Collignon at pipeman@psci.net or visit www.passitonindiana.com to register.

Another Indiana hunter ed. Class will be August 9, 10 & 11 from 6-930 PM CST at the Cornerstone UM Church in Chrisney, jus toff 231.  Online registration is at indianahea.com or passitonindiana.com.  For more information contact Perry Frey at 812-449-1339.

Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 20th 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 3.1 miles along groomed gravel roads and a paved bike trail. Go to http://headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon.itsyourrace.com/ to register today! Visit http://triathlons.dnr.in.gov/ for more information or call (812)685-2447.

Join in the celebration of Smokey Bear’s 72nd birthday on Saturday, August 6th at the Patoka Lake Nature Center from 10a.m. – 12p.m. 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. PetSense of Jasper will be onsite to talk about pet fire safety. A & B Fire Safety of Jasper will have information on fire extinguishers and household safety also. Play games and make a special craft to take home.

Fun in the sun at Patoka leaves a lot more behind than just summer memories. It results in trash and debris buildup along the lakeshore.  We need your help to restore the lake to its pristine condition for wildlife safety and people to enjoy. Help remove trash and debris from the shores of Patoka Lake on Saturday, August 27th from 8am – 1p.m.  Sign-in begins at 8a.m. at Hoosier Hills Marina with trash pickup to follow.  All participating volunteers will be rewarded with a FREE fish fry at Hoosier Hills Marina starting at Noon.  Special prize drawings will take place from 11:30 – 1p.m. Last year volunteers went home with tickets to Shotz laser tag and putt putt golf, Patoka Lake Marina lake cruises, t-shirts, Frisbees, rain collection barrels and prize packets!  Volunteers should wear sturdy walking shoes.  All supplies will be provided, just bring your family, friends, students and club members!  Patoka is YOUR lake, so come join us in keeping it clean!

For more information, please call Dana at the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

 

The DNR’s Natural Resources Building is the place to be during the Indiana State Fair (Aug. 5-21). Located in the northwest area of the Fairgrounds, DNR’s building not only is one of the few with air conditioning but also houses the best information, wild animals, and fun. Stop by the Fishin’ Pond (open daily). Children ages 5-17 can fish for free every day of the Fair. See a snake or two, check out large aquariums filled with Indiana fish, and view live raptors at the amphitheater. While you are cooling off inside the DNR building, pick up the latest recreation guide, fishing guide, hunting & trapping guide, boating guide, off-road vehicle guide and much more.

Indiana State Parks are happy to welcome a new group of visitors who are just as interested in spotting a fictional Pikachu or Venomoth as they are in seeing a raccoon or scarlet tanager.
These visitors play the widely popular Pokemon Go mobile game. The game has resulted in increased traffic to state parks, which are a natural fit for the location-based augmented reality game. Most of the game’s action takes place outdoors while players walk. Players use a smartphone camera to identify “PokeStops” and “gyms” and collect fictional animals.

For the second year in a row, a black bear has entered Indiana from a neighboring state.The newest visitor came from Kentucky and was first reported July 17 when Indiana Conservation Officers received a call from a Harrison County homeowner of a bear going through the caller’s garbage.The sighting comes about a year after a black bear wandered into northwest Indiana from Michigan. That bear was the first verified presence of a bear in Indiana in more than 140 years. After spending several weeks in Indiana, the bear returned to Michigan. Wildlife biologists with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife have been monitoring the movements of this year’s bear and providing information to the public on steps to help keep the bear wild.

You can assist with ecosystem management in Indiana State Parks by participating in a state park deer reduction hunt. Registration ends Aug. 22. Reduction hunts will be held Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 28-29. More information can be found at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5834.htm.

A pair of barn owls in Indiana whose nest is visible through a webcam has laid a second round of eggs after the first round failed.  The second clutch of eggs has produced five owlets.  The barn owls on the webcam have been living in a DNR-built nest box inside a metal pole barn in southern Indiana since 2009.  These owls have nested every year since 2009. In 2013 this nest was one of only 18 known barn owl nests in the state.  Nest boxes for barn owls have been placed by the wildlife Diversity Program of the Indiana Div. of F&W since 1984.  Currently, the camera can support up to 20 simultaneous viewers. If it is busy, please try again later. The video is best viewed with the Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browsers.

 

Patoka Sportsman 7-23 & 7-24-16

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources today confirmed the presence of a black bear in and around Corydon in southern Indiana. The bear was first reported around 9 p.m. Sunday. Indiana Conservation Officers received a call from a Harrison County homeowner of a bear going through the caller’s garbage.
Conservation officers, sheriff’s deputies and local animal control officers responded but did not locate a bear. On Monday morning, the bear was observed by several people, including conservation officers, in areas near State Road 62 and later in Corydon.
The sighting comes roughly a year after a black bear wandered into northwest Indiana from Michigan. That bear was the first verified presences of a bear in Indiana in more than 140 years. After spending several weeks in Indiana, the bear returned to Michigan.
Young black bears are known to disperse in the springtime as they seek new territory in which to settle. The bear is most likely wild and swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky. Kentucky has an expanding bear population.
“We’ve anticipated this possibility and our staff has been preparing,” said Linnea Petercheff staff operations specialist with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.
Black bears are shy by nature and tend to avoid human contact. Attacks are rare. Black bears are non-aggressive in most instances and prefer fleeing from humans when given the chance. DNR wildlife biologists offer the following bear awareness tips:

– Don’t intentionally feed bears. If a bear becomes accustomed to finding food near your home, it may become a “problem” bear.
– Eliminate food attractants by placing garbage cans inside a garage or shed.
– Clean and store grills away after use.
– Don’t leave pet food outside overnight.
– Remove bird feeders and bird food from late March through November.
– Don’t add meat or sweets to a compost pile.
– If encountering a bear, don’t run. Shout, wave your arms and back away slowly.
– Collect and remove low-hanging or fallen fruit from fruit trees.
– Eliminate meat, cooking oil, fish or fruit odors from near your home. This includes fish-meal fertilizers.
– Collect and remove any ripened vegetables from your garden.
Indiana DNR encourages citizens to report bear sightings to dfwinput@dnr.IN.gov or by calling (812) 334-1137 during regular business hours. Photos or videos can be sent to the same email address. The maximum file size is 15 MB.
DNR wildlife biologists will monitor the bear to determine whether to allow it to remain where it is or trap it and relocate it to a more suitable environment for a bear. That decision will be based on whether the bear exhibits nuisance behavior and continues to come into close contact with humans.
The DNR has a protocol in place should the bear become a nuisance, according to Josh Griffin of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. “It’s best if people just leave the bear alone and let it be a part of the natural environment,” he said.
As European settlers began arriving in the 1700s in what is now Indiana, black bears were found throughout the territory. Loss of habitat and demand for furs of all sorts led to the bears’ demise in Indiana.

According to the book “Mammals of Indiana” by John O. Whitaker, Jr., and Russell E. Mumford, the last confirmed report of a resident wild black bear in Indiana was in 1850. Whitaker and Mumford report a bear sighting in northwest Indiana in 1871 but note it was forced south from Michigan to escape a series of fires known historically as the Great Michigan Fire.

Black bears are now listed as an exotic mammal and protected under Indiana Administrative Code 312 9-3-18.5 (b-1), which prohibits the killing of a black bear except by a resident landowner or tenant while the animal is “destroying or causing substantial damage to property owned or leased by the landowner or tenant.”
South-central Indiana is hilly and heavily forested with large tracts of public land. Harrison-Crawford State Forest and O’Bannon Woods State Park occupy about 26,000 acres in the area. The Hoosier National Forest also occupies large swaths in Crawford and neighboring Perry County.
“It is possible black bears may re-establish populations in the southern half of our state,” said Sam Whiteleather of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. “Education efforts on how to deal with nuisance black bears would be conducted to help ensure black bears are enjoyed from a distance.”
Although the premise of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) is not competition, the desire to compete is strong in our youth.  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division sponsored Indiana NASP® program fulfills this need by providing an avenue for our NASP® archers to participate in everything from friendly local competition to the World NASP® Tournament.  We have organized a qualification system for our NASP® in-school archers to qualify for the Indiana State Tournament.  We have organized a State Tournament second to none.  We have a huge presence at both the National and World NASP® Tournaments.
On the local level our schools begin archery practices both in school and in qualified after school clubs in September.  Small, local competitions are common through the fall months to get their feet wet and help familiarize archers with competition rules.   Early winter brings more formal local tournaments and increased practice leading up to the State Qualifier period.
Beginning January 1, teams begin to shoot at registered qualifying events.  Indiana schools hosted forty four (44) of these competitions involving 169 schools.  A total of 3,320 archers attempted to qualify for the state tournament.  When the qualifying teams and individuals were announced February 19, 2,124 archers were invited to compete.  This number included 94 teams and 70 individuals.
The Tenth Annual Indiana NASP® State Tournament was held March 12 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  2,066 competed in the target tournament.  49.6% were female!  Of these 2,066 archers, 1,582 (76.6%) qualified for the National NASP Tournament.  Indiana also hosted its Second Annual NASP®/IBO Challenge.  446 archers representing 34 schools competed.  Public turnout for this day of competition was phenomenal.  Over 6,000 spectators came to support their young archers in what has become the culminating event in Indiana’s NASP® year.

Indiana was well represented in the National NASP® Tournament held in Louisville, KY in May.  The 2016 third place middle school team in the nation, Castle North Middle School, became the home of the first place female middle school archer in the nation, Ashlie Garrison.  The 2016 third place high school team in the nation, Castle High School, became the home of the third place male high school archer in the nation, Jackson O’Bryan.  He is also the first place ninth grade male in the nation.  Morgan Daily from Reitz Memorial High School was the high school female champion of the National NASP®/IBO 3D Challenge.  Indiana students also received nearly twenty-five percent of the scholarship money that was awarded at the National NASP® Tournament.  This year’s National Tournament awarded $192,000 in scholarships.
The World NASP® Tournament was held in Myrtle Beach, SC.  662 Indiana archers participated.  The newly crowned first place female high school archer in the world and second place overall female archer in the world is Morgan Daily, Reitz Memorial High School.  Ashlie Garrison continued her reign by becoming the champion middle school female archer in the world.
There will be an Indiana Hunter Ed. Class August 12 from 6-9 PM and August 13 from 7:45 Am – 4:30 PM at the Celestinie Community Club. Check in is 5:45 PM on August 12. All instruction will be by Indiana Conservation Officers and certified Indiana volunteer Hunter Ed. Instructors. There is no charge for attending the class. Hunter Ed. Certification is required for all persons born after December 31, 1986 who wish to purchase an Indiana hunting License. For more informaiton contact Brett Collignon at pipeman@psci.net or visit www.passitonindiana.com to register.

Patoka Sportsman 7-16 & 7-17-16

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “30” Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, July 17th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Shooters should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – Noon. Shooting fees are $8.00 for Active Members, $10.00 for Nonmembers & $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17), while Cubs (10 & younger) & Active Military shoot for Free. For more information, Call: 812-489-0758.

Bring your kayak (or canoe) and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Saturday, July 23rd at

9:30a.m. at Wall’s Lake Boat Ramp off Highway 145.  Look for beaver, osprey, bald eagles, and

other wildlife along the way.  Discover a bit of Patoka’s past during this morning paddle as we

make our way to “the lake within the lake”.  Travel over the remnants of Wall’s Lake dam as we

paddle the waters of Patoka River.  Bring life jackets, snacks and refreshments, and sunscreen for

this journey.  If you prefer, meet the naturalists at the Patoka Lake Office by 8:15a.m. to car

caravan to the ramp. 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 from 8a.m. – 4p.m. daily.

Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 20th 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 3.1 miles along groomed gravel roads and a paved bike trail. Go to http://headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon.itsyourrace.com/ to register today! 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 .  For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Join in the celebration of Smokey Bear’s 72nd birthday on Saturday, August 6th at the Patoka Lake Nature Center from 10a.m. – 12p.m. 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. PetSense of Jasper will be onsite to talk about pet fire safety. A & B Fire Safety of Jasper will have information on fire extinguishers and household safety also. Play games and make a special craft to take home.  Come and join Smokey’s birthday bash!

Indiana Conservation Officers have received the 2015-2016 final tally of meals provided by Indiana Deer Hunters for hunger relief through the Sportsmen’s Benevolent Fund.

During the 2015-2016 Indiana deer season, hunters donated 1,333 deer to assist hungry Hoosiers.  These donations were coordinated through an effort of Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Indiana Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry and the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club.  Each of these organizations were provided a DNR Law Enforcement Division grant that permitted them to coordinate with licensed deer processors.  The venison was ground by the processors into 2 pound packages of burger.  The burger was then collected by food banks and distributed as needed to feed families across the state.

67,339 pounds of venison was distributed at a cost of $1.27 per pound.  269,356 meals were provided at the cost of $0.317 per meal.

“The Sportsmen’s Benevolent Fund is one of many DNR Law Enforcement programs that I am proud to be a part of”, said Danny L. East, DNR Law Enforcement Director.  “The Law Enforcement Division continues to work on ways to assist our citizens across our state and we say thank you to all the deer hunters who contributed to this effort.”

The Sportsmen Benevolent Fund was begun by Senator Mike Crider in 2008 when he sat as the Law Enforcement Division Director.  The program became publicly funded in 2013 through a bill that was introduced by Senators Crider and Brent Steele.

“This program gives our Indiana deer hunters additional purpose to enjoy the outdoors and harvest a deer to assist our citizens in need”, said Senator Mike Crider.  “Our deer population is managed well, our hunters are provided with more opportunity and our citizens are provided very high protein meals for nourishment, it seems like a win, win, win situation for all of us”.

Fun in the sun at Patoka leaves a lot more behind than just summer memories. It results in trash and debris buildup along the lakeshore.  We need your help to restore the lake to its pristine condition for wildlife safety and people to enjoy. Help remove trash and debris from the shores of Patoka Lake on Saturday, August 27th from 8am – 1p.m.  Sign-in begins at 8a.m. at Hoosier Hills Marina with trash pickup to follow.  All participating volunteers will be rewarded with a FREE fish fry at Hoosier Hills Marina starting at Noon.  Special prize drawings will take place from 11:30 – 1p.m. Last year volunteers went home with tickets to Shotz laser tag and putt putt golf, Patoka Lake Marina lake cruises, t-shirts, Frisbees, rain collection barrels and prize packets!  Volunteers should wear sturdy walking shoes.  All supplies will be provided, just bring your family, friends, students and club members!  Patoka is YOUR lake, so come join us in keeping it clean!

For more information, please call Dana at the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

 

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 7-9 & 7-10-16
Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “30” Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, July 17th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Shooters should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – Noon. Shooting fees are $8.00 for Active Members, $10.00 for Nonmembers & $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17), while Cubs (10 & younger) & Active Military shoot for Free. For more information, Call: 812-489-0758.
Buying licenses online will be easier and more convenient for hunters, anglers and trappers thanks to a new system that the DNR will launch this week. The new system at INHuntFish.com requires customers 18 and older to create an online account. Customers can use the account to purchase their licenses, purchase or redeem gift certificates, acquire their Harvest Information Program (HIP) number, and make donations. Having information saved to an account makes purchasing future licenses much easier for yourself and for any children under age 18 that you list as an associate. If you’re already a DNR customer, use your Customer ID located on the top left of your license to log in.
Bring your kayak (or canoe) and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Saturday, July 23rd at
9:30a.m. at Wall’s Lake Boat Ramp off Highway 145. Look for beaver, osprey, bald eagles, and
other wildlife along the way. Discover a bit of Patoka’s past during this morning paddle as we
make our way to “the lake within the lake”. Travel over the remnants of Wall’s Lake dam as we
paddle the waters of Patoka River. Bring life jackets, snacks and refreshments, and sunscreen for
this journey. If you prefer, meet the naturalists at the Patoka Lake Office by 8:15a.m. to car
caravan to the ramp. 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 from 8a.m. – 4p.m. daily.
Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 20th 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 3.1 miles along groomed gravel roads and a paved bike trail. Go to http://headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon.itsyourrace.com/ to register today! 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 . For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

The hunting season dates for waterfowl and other migratory birds, as proposed to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by the Indiana DNR, are listed below. The dates are not final unless approved by the USFWS in July. A later announcement will either confirm or amend these dates. Historically, they have been accepted as proposed.
Beginning this year, the federal regulatory cycle has been altered. Rather than two separate processes for early and late seasons, all migratory bird hunting seasons are selected together. The seasons are based on population and habitat data gathered the year before. Therefore, the 2016-17 hunting seasons are based on the same data used to set the 2015-16 seasons, and the biological data currently being collected will be used to set next year’s seasons.

Patoka Sportsman 7-2 & 7-3-16

The 25th Annual Star Party is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th from 11a.m. -4p.m. at the Patoka Lake Nature Center then from 6p.m.- 11p.m. (or later) 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 solar system.  Special program times are as follows:

12p.m. The 2017 Total Eclipse

12:45p.m. What’s Up Tonight

1-3p.m. Constellation Crafts

1:30p.m. Wobbles and Winks – How to find planets around other Stars

2:15p.m. What’s Up Tonight

3p.m. Wobbles and Winks – How to find planets around other Stars

Telescopes will be set up for observations at the Nature Center and Beach. There will be free giveaways while supplies last!  July 30th will be our rainout date in the event of cancellation.

There is much to celebrate this month and it will all happen on Saturday, July 16th at the Patoka Lake Nature Center. In celebration of the State Bicentennial, Indiana State Parks Centennial and Patoka Lake’s 36th Birthday, come to the Patoka Lake Nature Center for fun, family games, history talks, Smokey bear and even cake!  Special programs are listed as follows:

11a.m.- 2:30p.m. Kids’ Krafts – Make a few crafts that celebrate the history of Patoka Lake.  All crafts are free to make and supplies will be provided just bring your creativity!

11a.m. Pioneer Toys and Games – Try out toys from days gone by. Play a game of lawn darts,

spin the whimmey diddle, see if you can figure out the ox yolk puzzle and more!

11:30a.m. Water Relay Races- Join teams and win prizes with a few games to beat the summer heat!

Noon – 3p.m. Birds of Prey: Bald Eagle and Eastern Screech Owl in backyard shelters.

12:30p.m. Smokey Bear and Cake- Celebrate our birthday and the birthday of our State Parks

system.  Enjoy a slice of cake on us, meet Smokey Bear and have your picture taken with him!

1p.m. Land Beneath The Lake – Three towns are under water at Patoka Lake.  View old

photographs and hear stories from days gone by out of Fred Dillard’s Memoirs.  Enjoy short

stories from local resident, John Ash’s book, Patoka Tales. See old relics left behind by the folks

that once called this area home.

2p.m. Talons, Beaks, and Instincts – What unique tools do birds of prey use to survive in the

wild? How do they hunt for prey? Find out this and more in the backyard at the Nature Center

with two LIVE birds of prey!  

 

Bring your kayak (or canoe) and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Saturday, July 23rd at

9:30a.m. at Wall’s Lake Boat Ramp off Highway 145.  Look for beaver, osprey, bald eagles, and

other wildlife along the way.  Discover a bit of Patoka’s past during this morning paddle as we

make our way to “the lake within the lake”.  Travel over the remnants of Wall’s Lake dam as we

paddle the waters of Patoka River.  Bring life jackets, snacks and refreshments, and sunscreen for

this journey.  If you prefer, meet the naturalists at the Patoka Lake Office by 8:15a.m. to car

caravan to the ramp. 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 from 8a.m. – 4p.m. daily.

Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 20th 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 3.1 miles along groomed gravel roads and a paved bike trail. Go to

http://headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon.itsyourrace.com/ to register today! 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 .  For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

 

STATE PARK DEER REDUCTION DRAW HUNT

  • Applications accepted online July 1–Aug. 22, 2016.
  • Applicants must possess any valid licenses to take a deer in Indiana at the time of the application.
  • Applicants are allowed to apply for themselves and as many as two hunting partners.
  • If applicants wish to apply with a hunting partner or partners, the primary applicant must have his or her partner’s hunting license number and date of birth when applying. Applicants must be Indiana residents (or possess a valid lifetime license to take deer in Indiana), be 18 years of age by the date of the first hunt, and must possess the proper licenses to hunt deer in order to apply. Once you have submitted your application online, you cannot change your information.
  • Each applicant may appear on only one application per hunt (i.e., you cannot be listed as a primary applicant AND a partner for the same hunt.)
  • Preference will be given to those who have successfully completed a Hunter Education course. Hunter Education or International Bowhunter Education courses are required for archery hunts (Clifty Falls and Fort Harrison).
  • Firearm hunts include any firearm legal to take deer on public land in Indiana. Archery hunts include any archery equipment legal to take deer in Indiana.
  • For successful applicants, deer harvested at a State Park Reduction Hunt are in addition to regular deer-season bag limits. You do not need to purchase additional licenses to harvest deer if participating in the reduction hunt. For questions regarding State Park Deer Reduction Hunts, please contact DNR’s Division of State Parks at (317) 232-4200.
  • Available state parks in 2016: Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls (archery only), Fort Harrison (archery only), Indiana Dunes, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill and Cave River Valley Natural Area (managed and drawn together), Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial state parks.
  • Early Hunt: Nov. 14-15, 2016. Late Hunt: Nov. 28-29, 2016.

YOUTH DEER HUNTS

  • Applications accepted online July  through August.
  • Youth must be 17 or younger on the date of the hunt and accompanied by a mentor, defined as a licensed hunter, 18 or older. The mentor will not be eligible to hunt or carry a firearm for this hunt.

MILITARY/REFUGE ARCHERY AND FIREARM DEER DRAW HUNTS

  • Applications accepted online July through August.
  • Applicants do not have to enter their hunting partner’s information online and do not choose dates (dates are randomly assigned).
  • Successful applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.
  • Available property: Big Oaks NWR

UPLAND HUNTS ON SELECT PROPERTIES

  • Applications accepted online July through August.

DOVE DRAW HUNT

  • Applications accepted online in July

 

Patoka Sportsman 6-25 & 6-26-16

There has been a lot of senseless sadness in this country.  I’m referring to the mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub and other tragedies.  The day after a man with a semiautomatic rifle killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton renewed her call for a federal ban on assault weapons. Donald Trump tweeted his support for the no fly, no buy legislation and has promised to preserve American’s right to keep their assault weapons.  Assault weapons are already banned and the shooter in Orlando did not use a so-called assault rifle.

Automatic weapons sometimes known as fully automatic or machine guns fire continuously when the trigger is held down.  A semi automatic weapon fires one shot each time the trigger is pulled.  They are not currently banned.

One law in 1935 all but banned automatic weapons like the tommy gun.  Another in 1986 prohibited fully automatic weapons, except for pre-existing weapons that were grandfathered in.  From 1994 to 2004 there was a federal law that banned the sale of certain types of new semiautomatic weapons including some types of AR-15 rifles.  A limit on high-capacity magazines was also set.  The law, which was adopted to last for 10 years was not renewed by Congress when it expired.

The federal law that became defunct in 2004 was called the Federal Assault Weapons Band and at the time the Department of Justice defined some semiautomatic guns as assault weapons.  A number of state laws still have that wording on their books.  The weapons used in the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Aurora and Newtown were all semiautomatic and described by police as assault rifles, which they are not.

This past Monday senate Democrats and Republicans rolled out four gun-control bills, two from each side, attached as amendments to the Commerce Justice and Science Appropriations bill.  Given that 60 votes are needed to pass, none did.

I think everyone can agree that terrorists shouldn’t have guns.  The holdup in Washington as always is how to balance the right to bear arms with the right to avoid senseless killing.  Democrats want to close loopholes at gun shows by requiring universal background checks.  California Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed a previously defeated no fly no by bill that would prevent people on terrorist watch list from buying a gun.  Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn proposed that the attorney general can delay a gun purchase for anyone who’s has been part of a terrorism investigation in the past five years, but only for three days.  Republicans argued that people may be erroneously placed on the watch list and therefore be denied due process.  Senator Chuck Grassley would have allowed terror suspects to buy a weapon but would ensure that the FBI be notified.

There are several issues on both sides that deserve some conversation.  The Orlando and San Bernardino killers were not on the watch list when they bought his weapons although the Orlando shooter had previously been on the list in 2013 and 2014 before the FBI removed him.  The FBI background checks are much more thorough than the general background checks currently required for gun purchases by the general public.  Three proposals that are being discussed:  prohibiting people on watch lists from purchases of firearms, ending the alleged gun show loophole and universal background checks usually have nothing to do with the shootings they are meant to stop.

Everyone understands and feels the importance of doing something after the horror of Orlando and other tragedies and we should do all we can to crush ISIS, its propaganda and recruitment campaigns but gun control isn’t a good tool for fighting terrorism.  The weapons used in terrorism aren’t being bought for the most part at gun shops.  They are acquired illegally.

According to the latest report of the Government Accountability Office, nine out of ten people on the terrorist watch list who tried to buy a gun were successful.  How can this happen?  It tells me that our government isn’t able to watch all the individuals on the list.  There simply isn’t enough man power or resources to do this but they should still try.

Hate crimes occur when bigotry and prejudice are allowed to fester.  In my opinion it’s not a gun problem it’s a people problem.  Current gun laws should be enforced.  Penalties for violations should be a deterrent.  Law abiding individuals should be able to purchase any legal firearm they want after a background check and a waiting period.  Anyone on the FBI watch list should be restricted from buying guns.  The no fly no buy for suspected terrorists simply makes sense.  We as individuals need to notify law enforcement if we suspect someone has violent tendencies or is promoting ISIS propaganda.  I also believe that when legislation is proposed it should not be attached to another bill.  Every piece of legislation should be voted on on it’s own merits and not tagged on to something else.

We will continue to talk about this controversy for years to come.  If you agree with me fine.  If not that’s also fine.  We live in a great country where we can all express our thoughts in a peaceful manner.  It is important however to know the facts before you speak.

 

Patoka Sportsman 6-18 & 6-19-16

Spend the day with your canine companion on Saturday June 25th from 10a.m. -2p.m. at the Patoka Lake Nature Center!  Bring your 4-legged friend and join us for a day of exciting events such as Hike with your Hound, dog training sessions, , a Tasty Treats program where you can learn how to make your own dog treats, and a Pet Parade/Costume Contest and Talent Show with prizes! To beat the summer heat, let your pet romp around in the Cool Canines Splash Park. Glamfur pictures with your pet will be taking place between events! And much more!  All pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. This event is free to the public but donations will be greatly appreciated!

A Castle middle schooler will represent the United States NASP Archers on the All-Star team this summer.  Ashlie Garrison is headed to Johannesburg, South Africa next month to compete.  Garrison will be one of the youngest athletes competing against teams from Canada, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbawbwe.  Just last month, Ashlie placed first for overall female in Nationals, which landed her this once in a lifetime opportunity. Now she can’t wait to get there.

Coach John Reed started the archery program at the school six years ago. He says Ashlie is a standout.

She started shooting in her backyard when she was 8-years-old and soon after joined the middle school’s archery team. Last year the team took 1st in state, this year they came in second. Now they are heading to Worlds.  Until then, you can find Ashlie at the practice range in the back of Ace Hardware in Newburgh everyday. She says its just one more step to achieving her Olympic dreams.

The middle school archery team is heading to Worlds on June 23rd where coach John Reed hopes they bring back a first place.  Ashlie and her family are heading off to South Africa July 9th through the 17th.  The Garrison family is hoping to raise enough money to attend.  If you would like to donate, checks can be made out to “CNMS Archery.” Just put “South Africa” in the memo and mail to CNMS Archery Club c/o John Reed 5622 Epworth Road Newburgh, IN 47630. Checks can also be taken to Evansville Teacher’s FCU and deposited into a special savings account for the trip.

Broken Arrow Archery Club will hold their next 3D shoot on July 10 at the Beaver Lake archery range at Beaver Lake.  Registration is from shooting light till noon. Trophies will be awarded to the winners at the next shoot.  Food and drinks are available before, during and after the shoot.  For more information contact Cliff Fleck at 812-630-0454.

 

Patoka Sportsman 5-27 & 5-28-16
Join the Patoka Lake Naturalist on Sunday, May 29th at 12:30p.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 Nature Center no later than 12:30p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to
begin this journey.
Celebrate National Bike Month by grabbing your bike and hitting the paved bike trail with the
Naturalist at Patoka Lake. Enjoy a relaxed riding tour of the property while looking for wildlife
and hearing about some of the areas rich heritage. Pass by old farm ponds and farm fields in a
wooded setting. Mountain bikes are preferred due to leaf litter and debris along this forest trail.
Meet at the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at 1p.m. on May 31st for this exciting adventure!
Bring your kayak (or canoe) and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Saturday, May 31st at
9:30a.m. at Painter Creek Boat Ramp. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as we look for
beaver, bald eagle, osprey, and other wildlife along the way. Hear stories of the people who
once called this area home. See old photographs and heirlooms from years gone by. Bring
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 from 8a.m. – 4p.m. daily.
The Fourth annual Huntingburg Vol. Fire Dept. Sporting Clay Shoot is June 4 at Cool Springs Education Center in Velpen. First flight starts at 8 AM, Catered lunch is form 11-1 and the second flight starts at 1 PM. Cos is $100 per shooter. You can sign up as a single shooter, two person team or 4 person team. All ammo, clays and the catered meal is included in the cost. Each team member is required to bring either a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun and eye protection. There will be a limit of 48 shooters per flight on a first come first served basis. For more information contact Josh Morrison at 812-631-3076.
On Saturday, June 4 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 Sixth Annual Free Fishing Derby, in memory of Paul Klem, will be Saturday, June 4 from 8 AM 1 12 PM at the Huntingburg conservation Club. Awards will be presented for biggest fish and most fish caught. New this year will be a sportsmanship award. Drawings will be held for donated prizes. Ages 0-15 are welcome to participate. Indiana DNR will also conduct a boat and water safety presentation. For more information contact Dave Kreilein at 812-482-3034. The Free Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club.
Join the Patoka lake naturalists on Saturday, June 21st at 1p.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.
The Builders Ass. Of Dubois County will hold their Sporting Clays Classic at Cool Springs in Velpen on Friday, June 17. Registration is at 8:30. Shot starts at 10. Cos is $100 per shooter with four shooters per team. There will be 12 stations and 100 sporting clay targets. All ammo and clays are included in the cost. Each shooter is required to bring either a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun, eye protection and ear protection. All shooters must be at least 18 years of age. No alcohol will be allowed before or during the shoot. Hamburgers and hot dogs provided after the shoot. Space is limited to the first 26 paid teams. Registration forms must be received by June 1. For questions contact Kurt Haas at 812-309-0721.
Patoka Valley Limbhangers will sponsor a Women in the Outdoors Event on Saturday, June 11 from 9:30AM to 4PM at Cool Springs in Velpen. Registration begins at 9:30. Events in the firearm area are from 10 AM – 12:30 PM. Lunch and wild game tasting will follow. Block two events will be from 1:15 to 2:50. Wine tasting, silent auction and prizes at the stables from 3-4. Funds raised help provide various outreach opportunities. Your registration includes all equipment material needed during classes, a one year NWTF membership, one year subscription to Turkey Country Magazine and meals. Cost is $45. If you’re already an NWTF member deduct $35. For more information call 812-789-3138.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Patoka Lake Sailing Club, will be offering Free Basic Sailing Lessons to the public on Saturday, June 18th.There will be
three consecutive sessions offered. Each session will include thirty minutes of dryland instruction and will conclude with an hour and a half of water based instruction. All participants MUST pre-register with the Patoka Lake Nature Center, before the date of the event. All lessons will be on a first call–first registered basis and slots will fill quickly, so don’t hesitate and miss out on this wonderful opportunity. For registration or detailed information, please contact the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812) 685-2447.
Details:
Session one will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Session two will begin at 11:00
Session Three will begin at 12:30
(All sessions last 2 hours total)
Dryland instruction will include water safety, docking, knot tying and more. Water instruction will include basic sailing maneuvers, sail trimming techniques, sail part identification and lots of fun. Any participant under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver and wear a life jacket. (Provided or you may bring your own). Lessons will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Please call the Patoka Lake Nature Center if in doubt on the day of the event.

Patoka Sportsman 5-21 & 5-22-16
Well Indiana’s turkey season is over for another year. How was your season? I managed to harvest a gobbler on May 13, just two days before the season was over. It was a tough year! Early warm temperatures had the woods in full leaf mode. It was difficult to see and hear for both man and bird. The hens were already on the nests and toms weren’t gobbling much by the time season began.
I hunted 7 days and saw hens on most outings, even a white one twice. Two days before I harvested my bird I heard a tom gobbling in a pine woods. The only way to see and get around in the woods was on already established trails. I had called to him and he did answer a couple times but I waited an hour and a half and never saw or heard from him again. I walked through the woods to where I thought he was roosted and didn’t see anything. I decided that he had moved on and I left. As I was driving on the road home I glanced back to the edge of the woodline and the field where I just had been and the gobbler was strutting on the hillside. I debated about going back but decided to come back another day and try my luck again, since he apparently liked strutting with his lady friends in that area. The next day it rained but I did go back the next day, got set up early and put my decoys in the field. I found a large tree to sit against and just waited. About 620 I heard one gobble. I took out my box call and began calling. I knew if he came my way he’d have to pass in front of me and I couldn’t see him until he was almost directly in front of me. I put my decoys about 20 yards to my right figuring he’d come off the top of the field to my left. About 10 minutes later here he came strutting and half running to my hen and jake decoys. When he passed in front of me my 870 Remington and Winchester Xtreme shells did the job. I got up, did my happy dance and gathered my gobbler and gear and started the trek back to my truck. It was 637 AM and I finally bagged my bird. I consider myself very lucky this year. Conditions were less than ideal but I did my homework and scouted for birds until finally things worked out.
I’ve always been a proponent of a split turkey season in Indiana. I believe that the southern part of the state should be two weeks earlier than the northern part of the state. A friend had driven to Goshen, IN in the northern part of the state last week and he said the trees were just starting to bud out there. We’ve had lots of green for weeks. It’s almost tropical with all the rain we’ve had. Toms were gobbling their heads off the first part of April and by the time season came around they were almost done. I think it would help and I’m going to continue to give my opinion to the DNR and I encourage you to do the same.
Evansville Area Jeepers are having their second annual event to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on May 28 at Interlake State Recreation Area in Lynnville.  All 4X4 vehicles are welcome to join the convoy to navigate through Interlake’s extensive trail systems. The event includes inflatables, a kids area, a silent auction, contests, giveaways and music at Interlake’s 4-acre parking lot and pavilion. There is a $20 registration fee after May 1. You can also register the day of the event.
On Saturday, June 4 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 Sixth Annual Free Fishing Derby, in memory of Paul Klem, will be Saturday, June 4 from 8 AM 1 12 PM at the Huntingburg conservation Club. Awards will be presented for biggest fish and most fish caught. New this year will be a sportsmanship award. Drawings will be held for donated prizes. Ages 0-15 are welcome to participate. Indiana DNR will also conduct a boat and water safety presentation. For more information contact Dave Kreilein at 812-482-3034. The Free Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club.
Celebrate National Bike Month by grabbing your bike and hitting the paved bike trail with the
Naturalist at Patoka Lake. Enjoy a relaxed riding tour of the property while looking for wildlife
and hearing about some of the areas rich heritage. Pass by old farm ponds and farm fields in a
wooded setting. Mountain bikes are preferred due to leaf litter and debris along this forest trail.
Meet at the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at 1p.m. on May 31st for this exciting adventure!

Bring your kayak (or canoe) and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Saturday, May 31st at
9:30a.m. at Painter Creek Boat Ramp. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as we look for
beaver, bald eagle, osprey, and other wildlife along the way. Hear stories of the people who
once called this area home. See old photographs and heirlooms from years gone by. Bring
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 from 8a.m. – 4p.m. daily.
The Fourth annual Huntingburg Vol. Fire Dept. Sporting Clay Shoot is June 4 at Cool Springs Education Center in Velpen. First flight starts at 8 AM, Catered lunch is form 11-1 and the second flight starts at 1 PM. Cos is $100 per shooter. You can sign up as a single shooter, two person team or 4 person team. All ammo, clays and the catered meal is included in the cost. Each team member is required to bring either a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun and eye protection. There will be a limit of 48 shooters per flight on a first come first served basis. For more information contact Josh Morrison at 812-631-3076.

 

Patoka Sportsman 5-14 & 5-15-16

In celebration of National Kids to Parks Day, join the naturalists for a Kids’ Walking Stick Workshop at Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, May 21 at 12:30p.m.  Participants will design and decorate their very own walking stick.  Then at 1:30p.m. a short guided hike will start along the Garden Rock Loop Trail through oak and hickory forests, rock outcroppings and over small creek beds.  The cost for this program is $5 per walking stick.  All supplies will be provided.

With boating season quickly approaching, people hitting the open water need to take precautions to ensure neither they nor a loved one is the next drowning victim. This year’s Wear It campaign kicks off with National Safe Boating Week held May 21-27 to promote boating safety and life jacket safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets. Indiana law requires all watercraft to be equipped with one wearable U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board or being towed, that the life jacket fits the person who intends to wear it, and that boats 16 feet long and longer, except for canoes or kayaks, have at least one throwable personal flotation device on board.

The next free fishing day is May 21. On this day, Indiana residents do not need a license to fish in Indiana’s public waters. Free Fishing Weekend is June 4-5. If you enjoyed the Free Fishing Days, please consider purchasing a fishing license so you can fish throughout the entire year (license year is April 1 to March 31 of the following year). License sales fund fisheries management, maintain public access sites, and provide free sport fishing educational programs.

Join the Patoka Lake Naturalist on Sunday, May 29th at 12:30p.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 Nature Center no later than 12:30p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to

begin this journey.

Evansville Area Jeepers are having their second annual event to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on May 28 at Interlake State Recreation Area in Lynnville.  All 4X4 vehicles are welcome to join the convoy to navigate through Interlake’s extensive trail systems. The event includes inflatables, a kids area, a silent auction, contests, giveaways and music at Interlake’s 4-acre parking lot and pavilion. There is a $20 registration fee after May 1. You can also register the day of the event.

On Saturday, June 4 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 Sixth Annual Free Fishing Derby, in memory of Paul Klem, will be Saturday, June 4 from 8 AM 1 12 PM at the Huntingburg conservation Club.  Awards will be presented for biggest fish and most fish caught.  New this year will be a sportsmanship award.  Drawings will be held for donated prizes.  Ages 0-15 are welcome to participate.  Indiana DNR will also conduct a boat and water safety presentation.  For more information contact Dave Kreilein at 812-482-3034.  The Free Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club.

Celebrate National Bike Month by grabbing your bike and hitting the paved bike trail with the

Naturalist at Patoka Lake.  Enjoy a relaxed riding tour of the property while looking for wildlife

and hearing about some of the areas rich heritage.  Pass by old farm ponds and farm fields in a

wooded setting.  Mountain bikes are preferred due to leaf litter and debris along this forest trail.

Meet at the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at 1p.m. on May 31st for this exciting adventure!

Bring your kayak (or canoe) and join the naturalist for a tour on the lake Saturday, May 31st at

9:30a.m. at Painter Creek Boat Ramp.  Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as we look for

beaver, bald eagle, osprey, and other wildlife along the way.  Hear stories of the people who

once called this area home. See old photographs and heirlooms from years gone by.  Bring

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 from 8a.m. – 4p.m. daily.

Join the Patoka lake naturalists on Saturday, June 21st at 1p.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.

The Builders Ass. Of Dubois County will hold their Sporting Clays Classic at Cool Springs in Velpen on Friday, June 17.  Registration is at 8:30.  Shot starts at 10.  Cos is $100 per shooter with four shooters per team.  There will be 12 stations and 100 sporting clay targets.  All ammo and clays are included in the cost.  Each shooter is required to bring either a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun, eye protection and ear protection.  All shooters must be at least 18 years of age.  No alcohol will be allowed before or during the shoot.  Hamburgers and hot dogs provided after the shoot.  Space is limited to the first 26 paid teams.  Registration forms must be received by June 1.  For questions contact Kurt Haas at 812-309-0721.

Patoka Valley Limbhangers will sponsor a Women in the Outdoors Event on Saturday, June 11 from 9:30AM to 4PM at Cool Springs in Velpen.  Registration begins at 9:30.  Events in the firearm area are from 10 AM – 12:30 PM.  Lunch and wild game tasting will follow.  Block two events will be from 1:15 to 2:50.  Wine tasting, silent auction and prizes at the stables from 3-4.  Funds raised help provide various outreach opportunities.  Your registration includes all equipment material needed during classes, a one year NWTF membership, one year subscription to Turkey Country Magazine and meals.  Cost is $45.  If you’re already an NWTF member deduct $35.  For more information call 812-789-3138.

The Fourth annual Huntingburg Vol. Fire Dept. Sporting Clay Shoot is June 4 at Cool Springs Education Center in Velpen.  First flight starts at 8 AM, Catered lunch is form 11-1 and the second flight starts at 1 PM.  Cos is $100 per shooter.  You can sign up as a single shooter, two person team or 4 person team.  All ammo, clays and the catered meal is included in the cost.  Each team member is required to bring either a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun and eye protection.  There will be a limit of 48 shooters per flight on a first come first served basis.  For more information contact Josh Morrison at 812-631-3076.

The NRA annual meetings and exhibits will be May 19-22 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.  There will be over 750 exhibitors.  Toby Keith will perform on Saturday night.  Other events include the NRA Foundation Banquet & Auction, National Prayer Breakfast, NRA Country Jam featuring Brett Eldredge with special guest Jana Kramer.  For more information and tickets call 877-672-7632 or visit www.nraam.org.  Exhibit hall admission is free to all NRA members, uniformed military, law enforcement personnel and organized youth groups.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Patoka Lake Sailing Club, will be offering Free Basic Sailing Lessons to the public on Saturday, June 18th.There will be

three consecutive sessions offered. Each session will include thirty minutes of dryland instruction and will conclude with an hour and a half of water based instruction. All participants MUST pre-register with the Patoka Lake Nature Center, before the date of the event. All lessons will be on a first call–first registered basis and slots will fill quickly, so don’t hesitate and miss out on this wonderful opportunity. For registration or detailed information, please contact the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812) 685-2447.

Details:

Session one will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Session two will begin at 11:00

Session Three will begin at 12:30

(All sessions last 2 hours total)

Dryland instruction will include water safety, docking, knot tying and more. Water instruction will include basic sailing maneuvers, sail trimming techniques, sail part identification and lots of fun. Any participant under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver and wear a life jacket. (Provided or you may bring your own). Lessons will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Please call the Patoka Lake Nature Center if in doubt on the day of the event.

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 5-7 & 5-8-16

Meet the naturalist and other certified archery instructors at the Patoka Lake archery range for a beginner to intermediate archery lesson on Saturday, May 14th  from 9a.m.- Noon.  This event is an introduction to the sport and is open to all ages 8 and up.  All archery equipment will be provided. Participation is limited to the first 20 registrants.  Pre-register by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.    Then join in a friendly archery competition at 1p.m. using the skills you learned at the lesson or ones you already had.  Prizes will be awarded!

In celebration of National Kids to Parks Day, join the naturalists for a Kids’ Walking Stick Workshop at Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, May 21 at 12:30p.m.  Participants will design and decorate their very own walking stick.  Then at 1:30p.m. a short guided hike will start along the Garden Rock Loop Trail through oak and hickory forests, rock outcroppings and over small creek beds.  The cost for this program is $5 per walking stick.  All supplies will be provided.

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “30” Target 3-D Bow Shoot on Sunday, May 15th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – Noon. Shooting Fees are $8.00 for Active Members, $10.00 for Nonmembers & $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17), while Cubs (10 & younger) & Active Military shoot for Free. For more information call: 812-489-0758.

Bring your kayak and join the naturalists for a night tour on Patoka Lake Saturday, May 21 from 8:30PM to 10PM. The tour will start and end at Painter Creek Boat Ramp on Highway 145.  Enjoy the evening light of a full moon as you check out beautiful creek scenery and look for frogs, owls, and other nocturnal wildlife along the way. All participants are required to wear a lifejacket and each boat must have one front facing white flashlight or headlamp. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5, but may also be purchased at the Patoka Lake Office from 8a.m. – 4p.m. daily.

With boating season quickly approaching, people hitting the open water need to take precautions to ensure neither they nor a loved one is the next drowning victim. This year’s Wear It campaign kicks off with National Safe Boating Week held May 21-27 to promote boating safety and life jacket safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets. Indiana law requires all watercraft to be equipped with one wearable U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board or being towed, that the life jacket fits the person who intends to wear it, and that boats 16 feet long and longer, except for canoes or kayaks, have at least one throwable personal flotation device on board.

All privately owned, motorized and non-motorized boats moored or operating on State Park lakes, State Forest lakes or state-managed lakes in Indiana must have a Lake Permit displayed on the boat. You can pick up your permit at any state park or lake offices, at the DNR Customer Service Center in Indianapolis or online.

The next free fishing day is May 21. On this day, Indiana residents do not need a license to fish in Indiana’s public waters. Free Fishing Weekend is June 4-5. If you enjoyed the Free Fishing Days, please consider purchasing a fishing license so you can fish throughout the entire year (license year is April 1 to March 31 of the following year). License sales fund fisheries management, maintain public access sites, and provide free sport fishing educational programs.

Every fourth-grader in Indiana can visit both a National Park and an Indiana State Park for free this year.  “Every Kid in a Park” is an initiative established by the federal government and supported by a variety of partners. It allows fourth-graders to download a pass from everykidinapark.gov for free admission for them and their families to more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide – including national parks, national forests and marine sanctuaries – for a full year.  Current fourth-graders can download and use their fourth-grade passes through Aug. 31, 2016, and current third-graders can get their fourth-grade passes starting Sept. 1, 2016.  Indiana State Parks will honor these fourth-grade passes in 2016 as a way to celebrate their 100th anniversary this year, which coincides with the National Park Service Centennial.

Evansville Area Jeepers are having their second annual event to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on May 28 at Interlake State Recreation Area in Lynnville.  All 4X4 vehicles are welcome to join the convoy to navigate through Interlake’s extensive trail systems. The event includes inflatables, a kids area, a silent auction, contests, giveaways and music at Interlake’s 4-acre parking lot and pavilion. There is a $20 registration fee after May 1. You can also register the day of the event.

To help protect trees from the spread of destructive invasive insects like emerald ash borer (EAB), restrictions remain in effect regarding use of firewood at state parks. You can bring in firewood with bark removed, purchase firewood with a state or federal compliance stamp, or bring scrap kiln-dried construction lumber to use at your campfire.

Registration is open for the ‘Head for the Hills’ Patoka Lake Triathlon taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Saturday, August 20th 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 3.1 miles along groomed gravel roads and a paved bike trail. Go to

http://headforthehillspatokalaketriathlon.itsyourrace.com/ to register today! 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 .
Indiana hunters harvested 123,664 deer during the 2015 season, according to data released today by the Department of Natural Resources. This is a 3 percent increase from the 120,073 deer taken during the 2014 season. The antlered deer harvest was 10 percent higher than the 2014 harvest, while the antlerless harvest was 1 percent lower than in 2014.

The overall 2015 deer harvest ranks as the 10th highest in Indiana history. The 2015 antlerless deer harvest ranks 11th highest. To view the full report, go to wildlife.IN.gov and locate “2015 Deer Report” in the “Hunting and Trapping” panel.

The 2015 season was composed of four statewide segments: youth (Sept. 26 -27); archery (Oct. 1 to Jan. 3); firearms (Nov. 14-29); and muzzleloader (Dec. 5-20).  A late antlerless season was available from Dec. 26 to Jan. 3 in 60 counties, with additional date restrictions for counties with “A” designated quotas. Also, hunters could harvest additional deer beyond the statewide bag limits in designated deer reduction zones during the deer reduction zone season which opened Sept. 15 and continued through Jan. 31.

Firearms season was the most productive, accounting for 72,555 deer, or 59 percent of the total harvest.  Archery season accounted for 32,753 deer, or 26 percent, followed by the muzzleloader season with 10,784 (9 percent), special antlerless firearms season with 5,105 (4 percent) and youth season with 2,467 (2 percent).

The total number of deer taken with a firearm during the deer reduction zone season was incorporated with the firearms season total, while the total taken with archery equipment was included in the archery season total. Harvest exceeded 1,000 deer in 58 counties, 2,000 in 17 counties and 3,000 in one county.

Harrison County was the top producer for the third season, with 3,227 deer taken. Benton County had the fewest deer taken (90), followed by Tipton County (114).  The nine counties after Harrison with the greatest harvest in descending order were: Washington (2,891), Franklin (2,890), Switzerland (2,653), Noble (2,624), Dearborn (2,559), Steuben (2,523), Lawrence (2,502), Parke (2,390) and Crawford (2,370).

Three counties set unofficial record harvests in 2015. They were Dubois (2,040), Henry (601) and Lawrence (2,502).  For the first time, all harvested deer were checked in electronically. Hunters have harvested approximately 3.5 million deer during 64 hunting seasons in Indiana.

Patoka Sportsman 4-23 & 4-24-16

Broken Arrow Archery Club will hold their next 3D shoot on May 8 at the Beaver Lake Archery Range.  Registration is from shooting light till noon.  Trophies will be awarded at the next shoot.  Food & drinks will be available.  For more information contact Cliff Fleck at 812-630-0454.

Meet the naturalist and other certified archery instructors at the Patoka Lake archery range for a beginner to intermediate archery lesson on Saturday, May 14th  from 9a.m.- Noon.  This event is an introduction to the sport and is open to all ages 8 and up.  All archery equipment will be provided. Participation is limited to the first 20 registrants.  Pre-register by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447.    Then join in a friendly archery competition at 1p.m. using the skills you learned at the lesson or ones you already had.  Prizes will be awarded!  The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Lake, located north of Wickliffe Indiana, Highway 164.

Crappie USA, “America’s Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization” will return to Indiana’s Patoka Lake May 14, 2016. This is the opportunity for local anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the 2016 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. A total of 54 teams will qualify to compete at The Classic event that will be held October 27 – 29, 2016 on KY & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee. Be sure to check out the website at: www.crappieusa.com and like the Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on events along with special information for crappie anglers everywhere.

The Sixth Annual Free Fishing Derby, in memory of Paul Klem, will be Saturday, June 4 from 8 AM 1 12 PM at the Huntingburg conservation Club.  Awards will be presented for biggest fish and most fish caught.  New this year will be a sportsmanship award.  Drawings will be held for donated prizes.  Ages 0-15 are welcome to participate.  Indiana DNR will also conduct a boat and water safety presentation.  For more information contact Dave Kreilein at 812-482-3034.  The Free Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club.

The Builders Ass. Of Dubois County will hold their Sporting Clays Classic at Cool Springs in Velpen on Friday, June 17.  Registration is at 8:30.  Shot starts at 10.  Cos is $100 per shooter with four shooters per team.  There will be 12 stations and 100 sporting clay targets.  All ammo and clays are included in the cost.  Each shooter is required to bring either a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun, eye protection and ear protection.  All shooters must be at least 18 years of age.  No alcohol will be allowed before or during the shoot.  Hamburgers and hot dogs provided after the shoot.  Space is limited to the first 26 paid teams.  Registration forms must be received by June 1.  For questions contact Kurt Haas at 812-309-0721.

Patoka Valley Limbhangers will sponsor a Women in the Outdoors Event on Saturday, June 11 from 9:30AM to 4PM at Cool Springs in Velpen.  Registration begins at 9:30.  Events in the firearm area are from 10 AM – 12:30 PM.  Lunch and wild game tasting will follow.  Block two events will be from 1:15 to 2:50.  Wine tasting, silent auction and prizes at the stables from 3-4.  Funds raised help provide various outreach opportunities.  Your registration includes all equipment material needed during classes, a one year NWTF membership, one year subscription to Turkey Country Magazine and meals.  Cost is $45.  If you’re already an NWTF member deduct $35.  For more information call 812-789-3138.

The Fourth annual Huntingburg Vol. Fire Dept. Sporting Clay Shoot is June 4 at Cool Springs Educatin Center in Velpen.  First flight starts at 8 AM, Catereed lunch is form 11-1 and the second flight starts at 1 PM.  Cos is $100 per shooter.  You can sign up as a single shoter, two person team or 4 person team.  All ammo, clays and the catered meal is included in the cost.  Each team member is required to bring either a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun and eye protection.  There will be a limit of 48 shooters per flight on a first come first served basis.  For more information contact Josh Morrison at 812-631-3076.

The NRA annual meetings and exhibits will be May 19-22 at the Kentuck Exposition Center in Louisville.There will be over 750 exhibitors.  Toby Keith will perform on Saturday night.  Other events include the NRA Foundation Banquet & Auction, National Prayer Breakfast, NRA Country Jam featuring Brett Eldredge with special guest Jana Kramer.  For more informaiton and tickets call 877-672-7632 or visit www.nraam.org.  Exhibit hall admission is free to all NRA members, uniformed military, law enforcement personnel and oprganized youth groups.

 

 

 

Patoka Sportsman 4-16 & 4-17-16

Patoka Lake Bowhunters will host a “30” Target 3-D Shoot on Sunday, April 17th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. Participants should use the main entrance to Patoka Lake off of State Road 164. Registration: Daylight – Noon. Shooting fees are $8.00 for Active Members, $10.00 for Nonmembers and $5.00 for Youth (age 11-17), while Cubs (10 & younger) & Active Military shoot for Free. For more information, Call: 812-489-0785.

A Women’s Wilderness Weekend will be held April 22-24 at Patoka Lake Nature Center.  it includes overnight camping for the duration of the weekend.  Women ages 16 and older can participate in activities including in dept archery lessons, canoe and kayak lessons, dutchoven cooking lessons, survival, wild edibles and medicine, basic fishing and fly fishing, firearms safety, trap shooting, outdoor photography and wildlife habitat gardens.  Meals will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.  Preregistration is required by April 15.  Cos is $45.  For more information or to register call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447.  The event is being sponsored by the Dubois county Shooting Sports Instructor Council.

Broken Arrow Archery Club will hold their next 3D shoot on May 8 at the Beaver Lake Archery Range.  Registration is from shooting light till noon.  Trophies will be awarded at the next shoot.  Food & drinks will be available.  For more information contact Cliff Fleck at 812-630-0454.

Now through May 15, the public can use a convenient online form to contribute ideas and provide input on issues the DNR has identified for consideration. “Got INput?” allows the public to comment on ideas put forward by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, as well as on requests for rule changes from citizen petitions. The program also allows members of the public to propose their own ideas on any fishing, hunting or trapping topic.  Got INput users must register with a username, password, and valid email address.

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife will receive $16.5 million in annual grant money from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. The figure represents an increase over the last five-year annual average received, which has been about $14 million per year during that span.  The $16.5 million will be split between wildlife-related projects ($12 million) and sport fish-related projects ($4.5 million). The funding will go to a variety of programs and projects.

Indiana residents will not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish Indiana’s public waters on April 16. This is the first of four free fishing days in 2016. You can also enjoy free fishing on May 21 and June 4-5. This is the perfect time to see all the great fishing opportunities Indiana has to offer. You also can find workshops to help you learn how to fish.

April 23 & 24 is Indiana’s youth turkey hunting season.  The rest of us can hunt beginning April 27 through May 15.  One bearded or male turkey is the limit for spring hunting.  Our season started out warmer than normal then a couple cold days crept in.  Now it’s back up into the 70’s this weekend.  All in all I feel that the gobblers will be henned-up at the beginning of the season and not gobbling much.  I’ve seen turkeys strutting with hens in the fields and have seen them for  a month or better doing that.  Much of the breeding will be completed or at least in the middle of the breeding cycle when opening day rolls around.  That will mean pretty tough hunting.  Your best bet is to try and roost a gobbler the night before you intend to hunt.  Get there early the next morning and set up your decoys and start calling softly once the turkeys pitch down.  If you don’t connect first thing hand around and continue to call every 15-30 minutes if the gobbler wanders off with hens.  He’ll likely return later in the morning especially if you let him know you’re still there.

Many hunters have started planting food plots for wildlife.  Food plots, if done correctly, can be very valuable for deer, turkey and other wildlife during the fall and winter months.  Acorns are one of deer and turkey’s favorite foods.  They provide much-needed protein so they can build up body fat for winter.  If you’re considering planting oak trees for wildlife here are some things you need to know about red oaks vs. other species.

Red oaks are often one of the most underrated trees when it comes to wildlife preference.  Red oak acorns have  a reputation for being less sweet than their white oak counterparts, however the sweetness of an acorn isn’t everything.  Red oaks have many desirable traits everyone should be aware of.

Red oaks grow quickly especially in the first few years of their life.  This fast growth and resulting large canopy at a young age translates to them getting ahead of the competition and heavy crops of acorn production when they mature.  Most of the common white oak species drop their acorns over a narrow time frame in the early fall.  Red oaks on the other hand begin their descent in the early fall and can drop acorns literally until early spring the following year.  So the reds can feed hungry wildlife when they need it most.

Compared to the white oak group, red oak species are not quite as picky about the site where they are planted.  For example, that means you can get away with putting a river bottom dwelling pin oak or water oak further up the hill than they naturally occur without any ill effects.

Red oaks aren’t known for having nearly as many off years with acorn production compared to white oaks.  Some white oaks may go several years without producing whereas the reeds seem to produce at least some acorns on bad years.

Red oak acorns by design do not sp[rout a root until the following spring, so they remain viable for wildlife consumption for a much longer period of time compared to white oaks.  Although high in tannin, winter rains slowly leach the tannins away, making them more palatable to game in the winter when they need it most.

If you have a nice stand of oaks on your property and want to improve their benefits for wildlife spread some fertilizer around them this spring and summer.  It will improve their acorn production and you should see more wildlife foraging on them this fall.

 

Have you ever thought about archery hunting for turkeys?  Here’s a great video that shows you where to place your arrow and the vitals of the wild turkey.  Good Luck!

Patoka Sportsman 4-2 & 4-3-16

Broken Arrow Archery Club will hold their next 3D shoot on April 10 at the Beaver Lake archery range.  Registration is from shooting light till noon.  Trophies will be awarded to the winners at the next shoot.  Food & drinks will be available including breakfast sandwiches.  For more information contact Cliff Fleck at 812-630-0454.

A Women’s Wilderness Weekend will be held April 22-24 at Patoka Lake Nature Center.  it includes overnight camping for the duration of the weekend.  Women ages 16 and older can participate in activities including in dept archery lessons, canoe and kayak lessons, dutchoven cooking lessons, survival, wild edibles and medicine, basic fishing and fly fishing, firearms safety, trap shooting, outdoor photography and wildlife habitat gardens.  Meals will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.  Preregistration is required by April 15.  Cos is $45.  For more information or to register call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447.  The event is being sponsored by the Dubois county Shooting Sports Instructor Council.

Crappie USA, “America’s Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization” will return to Indiana’s Patoka Lake May 14, 2016. This is the opportunity for local anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the 2016 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. A total of 54 teams will qualify to compete at The Classic event that will be held October 27 – 29, 2016 on KY & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee. Be sure to check out the website at: www.crappieusa.com and like the Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on events along with special information for crappie anglers everywhere.

The Sixth Annual Free Fishing Derby, in memory of Paul Klem, will be Saturday, June 4 from 8 AM 1 12 PM at the Huntingburg conservation Club.  Awards will be presented for biggest fish and most fish caught.  New this year will be a sportsmanship award.  Drawings will be held for donated prizes.  Ages 0-15 are welcome to participate.  Indiana DNR will also conduct a boat and water safety presentation.  For more information contact Dave Kreilein at 812-482-3034.  The Free Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club.

Patoka Sportsman 3-26 & 3-27-16

Governor Mike Pence signed House Bill 1231 on March 22, which is an act to amend the Indiana Code concerning natural and cultural resources. House Bill 1231 authored by Rep. Lloyd Arnold allows the use of some high powered rifles to hunt deer in Indiana. A hunter may use a rifle during the firearms season to hunt deer subject to the following: The use of a rifle is permitted only on privately owned land. The rifle must have a barrel length of at least 16 inches. The rifle must be chambered for one of the following cartridges: .243, .30-30, .300, .30-06, or .308. A hunter may not possess more than 10 cartridges for the rifle while hunting deer under this section. The rifle must meet any other requirements established by the department. The use of a full metal jacketed bullet to hunt deer is unlawful. The department of Nat. Resources shall report on the impact of the use of rifles to hunt deer under this section to the governor and in an electronic format to the general assembly before February 15, 2020. This section expires June 30, 2020. Hunters may also use a handgun that fires a commercially available bullet of 10 millimeters in diameter to hunt deer.
So what does this mean and what questions might you have. According to Senator Mark Messmer, who addressed the DCSC meeting on Monday night, The bill had a lot of discussion during the recently ended legislative session. As is the case with most legislative action there was a lot of compromise. Some calibers were not included, such as the .270. Messmer said that there will be an opportunity during next years legislative session to amend HB 1231 and there is a possibility that the .270 and other items may be added as amendments to the current piece of legislation. It was suggested at the meeting that the wording of the bill might be changed to read all calibers larger than .243 could be used.
The purple paint portion of the bill, which would have allowed land owners to mark their property lines with purple paint to indicate that hunting was not permitted was not in the final language of the bill. If you’d like to read the bill in it’s entirety you can go to the WITZ website at www.witzamfm.com and click on the program tab at the top of the home page and then click on Patoka Sportsman.
Youth hunters can apply for reserved turkey hunts during the special youth wild turkey hunting season, April 23 and 24, on selected DNR properties. Youth hunters must be younger than age 18 on the day of the hunt. Local participating fish & wildlife areas include Glendale and Sugar Ridge.
A limit will be placed on the number of youth hunters allowed to hunt a property on each hunting day. Registration begins March 21 and runs through April 1. Interested hunters or an adult representing them must register in person or by phone during the normal office hours for the property they wish to hunt. Hunters are allowed to register for only one property.

Spencer County hunter education classes will be held April 5th, 6th & 7th from 6 PM-9:30 PM (CST) at the Cornerstone UMC church on County Rd 70 in Chrisney. For more information contact Perry @ pjfrey@psci.net. To sign up for any Hunter Ed. Course visit www.passitonindiana.com.

Crappie USA, “America’s Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization” will return to Indiana’s Patoka Lake May 14, 2016. This is the opportunity for local anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the 2016 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. A total of 54 teams will qualify to compete at The Classic event that will be held October 27 – 29, 2016 on KY & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee. Be sure to check out the website at: www.crappieusa.com and like the Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on events along with special information for crappie anglers everywhere.
The Sixth Annual Free Fishing Derby, in memory of Paul Klem, will be Saturday, June 4 from 8 AM 1 12 PM at the Huntingburg conservation Club. Awards will be presented for biggest fish and most fish caught. New this year will be a sportsmahship award. Drawings will be held for donated prizes. Ages 0-15 are welcome to participate. Indiana DNR will also conduct a boat and water safety presentation. For more information contact Dave Kreilein at 812-482-3034. The Free Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club.

House Bill 1231 was signed by Governor Mike Pence March 22, 2016.  Below is the latest version of the bill.

Second Regular Session of the 119th General Assembly (2016)PRINTING CODE. Amendments: Whenever an existing statute (or a section of the IndianaConstitution) is being amended, the text of the existing provision will appear in this style type,additions will appear in this style type, and deletions will appear in this style type.Additions: Whenever a new statutory provision is being enacted (or a new constitutionalprovision adopted), the text of the new provision will appear in this style type. Also, theword NEWwill appear in that style type in the introductory clause of each SECTION that addsa new provision to the Indiana Code or the Indiana Constitution.Conflict reconciliation: Text in a statute in this style typeor this style typereconciles conflictsbetween statutes enacted by the 2015 Regular Session of the General Assembly.HOUSE ENROLLED ACT No. 1231AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning natural and culturalresources.Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:SECTION 1. IC 14-22-2-8 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODEAS A NEWSECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVEUPON PASSAGE]:Sec. 8. (a) This section applies to a huntingseason beginning after June 30, 2016, and ending before January1, 2020.(b) A hunter may use a rifle during the firearms season to huntdeer subject to the following:(1) The use of a rifle is permitted only on privately ownedland.(2) The rifle must have a barrel length of at least sixteen (16)inches.(3) The rifle must be chambered for one (1) of the followingcartridges:(A) .243.(B) .30-30.(C) .300.(D) .30-06.(E) .308.(4) A hunter may not possess more than ten (10) cartridges forthe rifle while hunting deer under this section.(5) The rifle must meet any other requirements established byHEA 1231 — CC 1
2the department.(c) The use of a full metal jacketed bullet to hunt deer isunlawful.(d) The department shall report on the impact of the use of riflesto hunt deer under this section to the governor and, in an electronicformat under IC 5-14-6, the general assembly before February 15,2020.(e) This section expires June 30, 2020.SECTION 2. IC 14-22-2-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODEAS A NEWSECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVEUPON PASSAGE]:Sec. 9. (a) This section applies to a huntingseason beginning after June 30, 2016.(b) Notwithstanding any rule prescribing the minimum lengthof a handgun cartridge case, a hunter may use a handgun that firesa commercially available bullet of ten (10) millimeters in diameterto hunt deer.(c) The use of a handgun described in subsection (b) to huntdeer is subject to the rules:(1) requiring that the handgun conform to the requirementsof IC 35-47-1-6;(2) prescribing the minimum barrel length of the handgun;and(3) prohibiting the use of full metal jacketed bullets.(d) The director shall amend any rule necessary to comply withthis section.SECTION 3. An emergency is declared for this act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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