Patoka Sportsman 4-21-18

Patoka Sportsman 4-21 & 4-22-18

St. Anthony Conservation Club is hosting a Team Red White & Blue 3D archery match on April 22.Registration is from 8 AM – 1 PM at the main clubhouse.Cost is $10 per shooter.Ages 10 and under are free.There will be 30 targets plus a bonus target.The course takes about 2.5 hours to shoot.Food and drinks are available for purchase.Team RWB is a national 501c3 non profit organization with a mission to enrich the lives of America’s Veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Due to high water some boat ramps at Lake Monroe will be closed through May 20.They include:Pine Grove, SRA boat ramp, Allens Creek SRA boat ramp and Overlook at Stillwater marsh.At Paynetown SRA the Paynetown shelter, twin oaks shelter, marina docks (alternate access to boat docks/buoys will be available beginning May 1.Primitive Campground B-loop sites 17,20, 22, 24 and 39-51 and campground tent areas B sites 1-6,C sites 1,3 & 5 and D sites 1-2 are closed.The swimming beaches at Paynetown and Fairfax SRA’s as well as the Paynetown Activity Center are also inaccessible due to high water but they do not normally open until Memorial Day Weekend anyway.

The gatehouses at Paynetown and Fairfax SRAs are now operating 7 days a week for the recreation season. Instead of paying the daily entrance fee, you can purchase an Annual Entrance Permit, which covers admission for one vehicle to any Indiana State Park property through the end of the year. And don't forget to purchase your annual Lake Permit before launching a boat on Monroe!

Daily Entrance Fee: $7 per vehicle with Indiana plates, $9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates

Annual Entrance Permit: $50 for Indiana residents, $70 for out-of-state residents

Golden Hoosier Passport: $25 for Indiana residents ages 65+

Annual Motorized Lake Permit: $25

Annual Non-Motorized Lake Permit: $5

The campground is already fulled booked at Paynetown SRA for Memorial Day Weekend! Cancellations do happen, though, so if you're still looking for a holiday campsite, keep an eye on the reservation website at