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The 11th Annual 3D Archery Expo will be held Saturday, March 26 at the St. Anthony Conservation Club.  Registration begins at 8 AM and runs through 1 PM.  The 30 target shoot will feature Sasquatch & other new targets.  Shooters will be entered for a chance to win a St. Anthony Mill mineral package.  Cost to enter is $10 and if you’re under 10 you can shoot free. Shooters will be shooting for over $3,000 in prizes at the prize target.  Bow raffle tickets will be sold on site or from club members. An official scorer will be on site to measure antlers.  Food and drinks will be available.  Check out the on-site vendors, DNR< new truck & ATV displays. Members from Bowhunt or Die will also be on-hand.  Find St. Anthony Conservation Club on Facebook or call 812-630-1670 for more information.

The Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club announces their youth turkey seminar for kids 17 and under on April 9 at the Ireland Sportsmen’s Club.  The first 20 kids to register will participate in group and breakout sessions with local hunting gurus.  The seminar will focus on enjoying the outdoors, gun safety, successful tips to increase your odds of harvesting a gobbler. Registration is from 8-8:20 and speakers will talk from 8:20-9:30. Hands on learning will be from 9:45-11.  Lunch and drawings will take place from 11-12. For more info or to register call Shawn at 812-482-4162. Parents are encouraged to attend with their kids.

The 2022 spring turkey season runs April 27 - May 15, with the youth-only season April 23-24. Predictions for this season call for between 12,000 and 13,000 birds to be harvested including an increase in the number of juvenile (jakes) taken due to high summer brood success (survival of poults/young turkeys).

.410 and 28-gauge shotguns are now legal for turkey hunting in addition to already legal 10, 12, 16 and 20 gauge shotguns. Tungsten Super Shot #9 and #10 are also now legal for wild turkey hunting. Youth season is April 23 & 24.The regular season opens on April 27 through May 15.

This season’s resident Spring Turkey License fee is $32 plus the annual gamebird stamp ($11) for a total of $43. The Resident Youth Consolidated Hunt/Trap license fee is $12 (no stamp required). This license is also available to nonresident youth who have a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is an Indiana resident. See the nonresident fees and other seasonal fees.

Remember, your 2021-22 hunting and fishing licenses expire March 31. Purchase your annual hunting and fishing licenses for 2022-23 now.

The annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop is April 29 to May 1 at Ross Camp in West Lafayette. The workshop is open to women ages 18 and older and limited to 85 participants. The program is designed for women to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Participants will choose four activities from more than two dozen offerings, including fishing, archery, geocaching, wilderness survival, natural gardening, wild edibles, wildlife tracking, shooting firearms, and outdoor cooking. The workshop is for women who have never tried these activities, but have hoped for an opportunity to learn; who have tried them but are beginners hoping to improve; or who know how to do some of the activities, but would like to try new ones. Women who enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals and who seek time away to reconnect with nature are also prime candidates for BOW. Registration is now open and runs until there are 85 registrants, can be done online at The cost for the workshop is $250 and includes all equipment, meals, and lodging.

Another Hunter Ed class is coming up March 27 from 6-9:30 PM and Saturday March 28 form 8 Am to 4:30 PM at the Faith Baptist Church on East Main St. in Loogootee. For more information contact the church or Indiana Conservation Officer Tony Mann. Cornerstone Methodist Church on State Road 70 in Christney is having an Indiana Hunter Ed class on Saturday April 4 from 7 AM to 5:30 PM.  Contact Perry Frey for more information on the Christney class. 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.  To sign up for any of these classes or the online class go to pass it on Indiana dot com.  The online course costs $19.95. You must be at least 12 years old and a resident of Indiana to take this online course.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Good time Great Cause Three River’s Banquet will be held Saturday, march 26 at the Moose Lodge 904 S. 17th St. in Vincennes.  For tickets contact Rob Ruth @ 740-572-0004 or email [email protected].  You can also call Marcus Culp at 812-890-8010.

The Patoka Lake Watershed Steering Committee is hosting the 16th annual Patoka Lake Clean Up on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Patoka Lake Corps of Engineers Office at Patoka Lake Dam at 4512 Cuzco Road in Dubois. The event will begin at 8 a.m. Participants of all ages and abilities can participate and will be assigned an area in which to pick up trash and recycling. At 11 a.m. all volunteers can return to the dam for a fish fry, music, door prizes, goody bags, and a free event T-shirt. Each year volunteers pick up more than 2,000 pounds of trash during the event. All supplies are provided. Volunteers should wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and consider carpooling to the site. Service and youth groups are asked to register in advance. For more information or register, call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812-685-2447 or email Dana Recklehoff at [email protected]. Check the Patoka Lake Watershed Steering Committee Facebook page for event updates.