Patoka Sportsman 4-14-18

Patoka Sportsman 4-14 & 4-15-18

Patoka lake Bow Hunters will host a "30" Target 3D shoot on Sunday April 15th 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.

Indiana has four free fishing days April 21, May 19 and June 2-3.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.

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.

Spring is here and Hoosiers are beginning to plan outdoor adventures, which is why now is the time to consider buying an Indiana State Parks GO Pack. The GO Pack includes a 2018 resident Annual Entrance Permit, a drawstring backpack perfect for holding snacks and water on a hike, and one of two $40 gift card options. Choose between a $40 State Park Camp gift card or a $40 Inns gift card. GO Packs are also available for those age 65 and older. The buyer saves $18 over the regular price of the items purchased separately. Go packs are only offered online for a limited time.The entrance permit applies to all 32 state parks and reservoir properties throughout the state. 

When ospreys return to Patoka Lake this spring, they will find new nesting platforms, courtesy of Dubois County Rural Electric Cooperative (Dubois REC). The REC donated four platforms and volunteered the labor to install them. These 30-foot platforms will serve as a safe place for osprey to nest, away from live power lines.

Red Fox Track-n-Trail will host the 3rd round of the National Enduro Series at Interlake SRA on April 15. The event will attract dirt bikers, including 40 professional riders, from across the country! Please note this large scale event will cause Interlake to be closed to public riding during the races on April 15, but the trails will be back open on April 16. Spectators are welcome to watch the races on April 15. Learn more about Interlake SRA at:

Indiana’s youth turkey season is coming up April 21 & 22.The regular turkey hunting season begins on April 25 for the rest of us.

Join the Patoka Lake Interpretive Naturalists at the beach for a beginners kayaking lesson on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00p.m. Eastern Time.During this lesson, participants will get to try several different styles of 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.

Meet the naturalist and other certified archery instructors at the Patoka Lake archery range for a beginner to intermediate archery lesson on Saturday, May 5 from 9a.m.- Noon.This event is an introduction to the sport and is open to anyone ages 8 and up.All archery equipment will be provided. Once the lesson is complete, join in a quick family fun shoot.Prizes will be awarded! Participation is limited to the first 15 registrants.Cost is $5 a person.Call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at 812.685.2447 to reserve a spot.

Enjoy the spring season at the Patoka Lake Nature Center on Saturday, April 22 from 10:00a.m. -2:00p.m. during this special Earth Day Celebration.Join Anabel Hopkins, Arts in the Parks Artist, for a special workshop to collect natural objects such as dead leaves, twigs, grasses, nuts and other found pieces. Objects will be glued onto large strong paper to create “critters” and other images. Imagination goes rampant as children make fun portraits and masterpieces to take home.

Spring Fling: Seed and Plant Exchange - Bring your unwanted or excess garden and plant seeds, tree seedlings, flowering plants & bulbs to exchange for something new!Have too many irises taking up your flower beds or spreading into undesired locations around your home?Dig ‘em up and bring 'em in to exchange for a new variety.Our volunteers will provide wild native plants for guests to take home during the swap.

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.

Registration is open for the Full Moon 5K taking place at Patoka Lake beach on Friday, July 27 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 to register today! For more information or call (812)685-2447.