Patoka Sportsman 1-26-19

Patoka Sportsman 1-26-19

The second annual Dubois County Coyote Charity Hunt that was scheduled for this past weekend has been rescheduled for February 1-3. It’s hosted by Chris Popp, Bill Martin and Kevin Shepherd.  Sign up at the Great Outdoors from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on February 1.  Final check in is Sunday Feb. 3 at 10:30 AM.  No late entries.  Half of the total pot will go to Charity and half to the winning teams.  Biggest and smallest dog side pot is $25 and they are optional.  Most dogs killed will earn you $25 for class 2 only.  Your team can be up to 3 hunters at $100 per team. For class listing and official rules visit the Great Outdoors in Jasper’s Southgate Center.

The 24th  Annual Gun & Knife how 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.  

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 [email protected].

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.

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.

What was life like before Monroe Lake was made? Learn about this and more during a history open house Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Paynetown Activity Center in Paynetown State Recreation Area. Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist at Monroe Lake, is documenting and mapping the history of the Salt Creek valley area. This is a large area that includes most of southeast Monroe County, southern Brown County, northeast Lawrence County, and northwest Jackson County. Monroe Lake was created in the 1960s with a dam at the western end of Salt Creek.

Vance’s research focus is on the period before Monroe Lake was built, as well as the actual construction of the lake and the land acquisition. The open house will be a chance to learn about the project, view some of the resources compiled thus far, and contribute information and stories. Maps, books, and other resources will be on display, and there will be a slideshow of historic photos. Visitors with a family connection to Salt Creek can search a genealogy database for information about their ancestors.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own information, knowledge, and stories about the Salt Creek valley area to add to this research project. A portable scanner will be available so that most photos, maps, and other documents can be copied on site. Visitors will be able to mark the location of historic sites on a master map. People with a lot of stories or family history information, or large quantities of photos or documents can sign up to do an oral history interview at a later date. Paynetown State Recreation Area is located at 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington. Entrance to Paynetown SRA is free during the winter months. Cancellations will be posted at

Ohio River Valley Bowhunters will hold a3D archery shoot located at the Branchville Conservation Club on Feb. 3, March 3, April 7 & May 5.  Check in starts at 6 AM through Noon CST.  Individual shoot scores will be posted on their Facebook page prior to the next month’s shoot.  For additional information call  812-608-0242.

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday February 10 at Beaver Lake. This will be the first shoot of the year. Sign-in will be from sunrise till noon. A practice range will be available, and concessions will also be sold. There are new lower prices for entry fees. The entry fee is $10 for all adults, $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.