Patoka Sportsman 4-28-18

Patoka Sportsman 4-28 & 4-29-18

Indiana’s spring turkey season began this past Wednesday and will run through May 13.The bag limit is one bearded or male turkey.To hunt wild turkey a valid turkey hunting license and a valid game bird habitat stamp privilege are required.Those that have a lifetime hunting and fishing or lifetime hunting , or resident youth hunt/trap license can hunt turkey and do not need to purchase the game bird habitat stamp because it is included with those license types.You can assist another hunter by calling only if you are licensed to hunt turkeys regardless of whether or not you have harvested a turkey yourself.

Wild turkeys may be hunted only from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.All DNR properties managed by the Div. of Fish & Wildlife have spring season hunting hours one-half hour before sunrise until noon for properties on CDT and until 1 PM for properties on EDT.

Immediately upon killing a turkey the hunter must complete a temporary transportation tag on paper stating the hunters full name, address, sex of the turkey, license number and the date the turkey was taken before transporting the turkey from the field.

Hunters are required to register their harvested turkey within 48 hours of the kill.This can be done three ways:self reporting online through the DNR’s checkIN game system (checkIngame.dnr.IN.gov), calling 800-419-1326 (a $3 fee applies) or finding a check station, license vendor or retailer who will file the information for you through CheckIN game.Once the turkey is registered with the CheckIN Game system a confirmation number will be generated.The number must be recorded on a temporary transportation tag and kept with the turkey until processing begins.For an online printable version of a temporary transportation tag go to www.wildlife.in.gov/files/turkeytag.pdf.

While hunting a wild turkey it is illegal to use or possess a dog, another domesticated animal, a live decoy, a recorded call,an electronically powered or controlled decoy or bait.An area is considered baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait and affected soil, but an area is not considered to be baited that is attractive to wild turkeys resulting from normal agricultural practices.

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.

The Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club will sponsor the Paul Klem memorial kids Fishing derby for kids 15 and younger on Saturday, June 2 at the Jasper Outdoor Recreation Center.Registration begins at 8 AM and runs through noon. Drawings will take place for donated prizes.Kids will need to bring their fishing pole and bait.Fishing will take place from 9-11 AM with lunch and awards from 11-12.For more information contact Shawn at 812-309-0835 or Dan at 812-639-3300.

OFS Cool Springs will host an NWTF/DNR Women in the Outdoors Event on June 24 from 8:30 until 2:30.Women in the Outdoors is designed for women age 17 and over to experience a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, shooting, self defense, hunting tactics and equipment, wild game tasting, kayaking and cooking.No experience is necessary.For more information contact Lisa Stinson at 812-789-3138 or email dfw@dnr.in.gov.