Patoka Sportsman 1-19-19

Patoka Sportsman 1-19-19 & 1-20-19

The second annual Dubois County Coyote Charity Hunt that was scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled due to the inclement weather.  Keep listening for the rescheduled date or check with the Great Outdoors.

The 24th  Annual Gun & Knife Show is January 26 from 9 AM to 4 PM and January 27 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Ferdinand Community Center.  It’s the largest gun show in the area with 130 tables.  There will be a large selection of new and used guns and knives at the best prices.  There is plenty of paved parking available and the building is non-smoking.  Concessions will be served.  For more information contact Brian Weyer at 630-5672 or Paul Gogel at 639-9948.  All proceeds benefit Ferdinand Community Center.  

Patoka Lake Bow Hunters first shoot of 2019 will be Saturday and Sunday January 19th and 20th at Patoka Lake Archery Range near Wickliffe. This will be a "30" Target 3D shoot. 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.

The Patoka Valley Limbhangers Chapter of the NWTF will hold their Hunting Heritage Banquet on Sat. Feb. 2 at Ferdinand Community Center.  Doors open at 4:30 and dinner will be at 6:30.  The Hunting Heritage Super Fund Banquets put dollars on the ground within the state and across the nation for upland habitat restoration, land acquisition, hunting and shooting education projects.  The banquet will consist of a buffet style dinner, raffles on quality firearms and other prizes, as well as a live and silent auction on exclusive NWTF merchandise, prints, knives and lots more.  Pre register by Jan. 27 for your chance to win a Yeti Cooler.  Indiana Gaming License #0039.  For more information contact Dave Jellison at 812-639-0208 or email Patoka.nwtf@gmail.com.

The 65th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show is coming to the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds Feb. 15-24.  On day tickets for adults are $13 EACH.  Children ages 6-12 are $9 each.  There will be over 12 acres of new boats and RV’s.  Shop for the latest and greatest tackle typically not found in the big box stores.  Vendors will also be there from all over North American to help you plan a getaway.  You can also lear to sharpen your fishing skills with seminars from industry experts and top pros.  Tickets available at renfro productions dot com.

The 22nd annual Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo will be held Feb. 21-24 as part of the Boat Sport & Travel Show.  New this year is the Archery Alley.  Outfitters from all over the world will be there to help you book a trip and show off the latest gear.   

Patoka Valley Friends of the NRA will hold their 2019 banquet Sat. Feb. 23 at Venue 1408 in Huntingburg.  Doors open at 5.  Dinner is at 7.  There will be door prizes, silent auction, special drawings and a live auction.  Tickets are in exchange for a donation of $35 or are included with the Big Shooters Bonus Pack for a $100 donation.  This includes one dinner ticket and $100 bonus draw.  Tickets are available at Dave’s Guns in Holland, Great Outdoors and Jeff’s Bait & Guns in Jasper. All net proceeds benefit youth education, range development, conservation efforts plus many other qualified educational programs.

Indiana Conservation Officers are advising citizens across the state of the potential hazards of being on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams this winter. Recent temperature drops across the state have brought about sheets of ice across some bodies of water. Indiana Conservation Officers ask everyone to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on neighborhood retention ponds, lakes and other waterways for those who may venture out and find themselves in trouble.

Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers safely enjoy fishing, skating, hiking, or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through ice. Just like re-learning how to drive on snow versus clear roads, some Hoosiers need to re-learn how to safely have fun on ice.

Indiana Conservation Officers want citizens to put safety first. Indiana Conservation Officers say the best rule of thumb is, when walking on ice, to believe you are “walking on thin ice.” Wearing a life jacket is especially important when on the ice. If you fall through, a life jacket will keep your head above the water until help arrives.

If you see a pet or other animal in distress on the ice, please do not go after it. This can often end in tragedy. Contact your local emergency response personnel, who are equipped to make a rescue on thin ice.

Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid but actually can have thin ice in several unsuspecting areas. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water that is surrounded by sand may freeze with inconsistencies in the thickness of the ice.Underground springs, wind, waterfowl and other animals can also keep areas of ice thin.