Patoka Sportsman - March 24th, 2018

Patoka Sportsman 3-24 & 3-25-18

Annual fishing and hunting licenses are now available for purchase. Remember that 2017 annual fishing and hunting licenses expire on March 31. If you purchased your license online last year, just log into your account, confirm your information, and purchase your new licenses. Indiana residents can purchase a Hunt/Fish Combo license for just $8 more. Not only can you hunt AND fish for just a few dollars more, but the DNR receives $58 in federal funds that go directly back into conservation to help us continue to provide opportunities for hunting, fishing and other wildlife recreation activities. 

State Fish Hatchery personnel will begin stocking rainbow trout in select lakes throughout the state this month. Dates and times will vary depending on weather, but stockings are expected to be completed by mid-April. Stream stockings will occur later in April, closer to the opening day of the stream trout season on April 28. Anglers are reminded that in addition to a regular fishing license, a trout and salmon stamp is required to fish for trout.

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 21–22 on selected DNR properties. Registration will be from March 29–30. 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. All applicants will be notified of drawing results by mail.Participating fish & wildlife areas locally include Glendale and Sugar Ridge.

The Michael Oeding Youth Turkey Seminar will be held April 7 at the Ireland Sportsmen’s Club.Registration and small breakfast is from 9-9:20 AM.Lisa Stinson will conduct a Turkey hunting equipment and a demonstration from 9:20-9:40.From 9:40-10 AM John Toy & Sid Fritch will talk about turkey hunting and turkey biology.Hunting laws and safety will be covered by Conservation Officer Tony Mann from 10-10:20.Breakout sessions will also be held covering calling, blind setup and techniques, decoy demonstrations and locating birds with various calls.Lunch and attendance prizes will be from 11:30-12:30.For more information contact Shawn Werner at 812-482-4162.The event is limited to the first 20 kids.

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday April 8th at Beaver Lake. This will be the 3rd shoot for the year. 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 Cliff Fleck at (812)630-0454 or Karla Brames at 8128273756.

The Builder’s Association of Dubois County is hosting their Sporting Clays Classic at CoolSprings in Velpen on Friday, June 15.Registaton starts at 8:30 and the shoot starts at 9:30.Cos is $100 per shooter with 4 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 18 years of age.No alcohol is allowed before or during the shoot.Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided after the shoot.Space will be limited to the first 26 paid teams.Registration forms must be received by June 1.Make checks payable to Builders Ass. Of Dubois County and mail to PO box 254 Jasper, IN47546.For questions contact Kurt Haas at 812-309-0721.

Join in a women’s only event to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed environment on Friday, April 27 through Sunday April 29.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, wildlife tracking, beginner birding and more.Meals will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. Camping will take place in the modern electric campgrounds.Pre-registration is required by April 11th.There is a registration fee of $55/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.

Indiana DNR has been incorporating opinions of hunters and landowners into management decisions since the early 1990s. However, in past years only a random selection of hunters and landowners could be surveyed because of the high cost and logistics of conducting paper surveys. Many hunters complained they had never received a survey and felt their opinion was not being heard. With this new capability, everyone can provide input on a regular basis. 
Hunters and anglers who purchase licenses on a regular basis will receive an invitation to complete the survey in their email. Hunters who use a landowner exemption or have a lifetime license should make a special effort to create an online account with the DNR to ensure they receive the various surveys that will be sent. If you would like to receive a survey, please visit the DNR Fish & Wildlife online services page and ensure your contact information is correct. If you do not have an account, you will be able to set up a free account. This is your chance to answer a lot of questions about your thoughts on wildlife, especially deer, and have your voice heard by the DNR.

An Indiana Hunter Education Class will be held from 8 AM to 4 PM on Apr 7-8 at (PAYNETOWN SRA) at Lake Monroe.Participants must attend both days of the class and score at least 70 percent on the written exam to earn an Indiana Hunter Education certificate, which is required to buy a hunting license for anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. The class is Free, but limited to 25 people.Sign up at by April 8.