Patoka Sportsman 5-12-18

Patoka Sportsman 5-12 & 5-13-18

This is the last weekend for Indiana’s turkey hunting season.So far it’s not been great to say the least.I’ve not heard a bird gobble that I could hunt from two weeks before the season and continuing through the season.I’m not even seeing many hens let along gobblers.I think all the action was at least two weeks before the season began.Gobblers are quiet now and have been since before the season started.I know of a few hunters who are still hearing and seeing gobblers that won’t come to their calls.I’d be content to at least hear a gobbler.I’ve only heard one during a scouting trip a couple weeks before the season started and he was off the property I have permission to hunt on so he was out.Some of my friends think it’s because of coyote’s or bobcats that the birds are quiet once they fly down.I think that’s a pretty good assumption.I’ve been hunting the same places since 1990 and over the last two or three years the turkey flock has drastically gotten smaller. I hope we have a good hatch this year and the numbers start increasing again.I hope your luck has been better than mine.

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 varietyof 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.

May 19 is a free fishing day in Indiana.Indiana residents do not need a fishing license or a trout/salmon stamp to fish the state’s public waters on free fishing days.During this special event Patoka Lake will hold a Kids Casting Workshop from 1-2 PM at the Nature Center.Each child will be provided a fishing pole to join in a fun game of backyard bass.Prizes will be awarded.For more information call 812-685-2447.

Grab your friends, family, fishing pole, tackle and bait, and head over to Patoka Lake on Saturday, June 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. for the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby.Park at Osborn Ramp, off Highway 145, at 8:30 a.m. to register. This event is for children 12 years of age and under and they must be accompanied by an adult.Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish, most fish caught, and more!The award ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.Bring your lawn chairs, sun screen and refreshments, and join in the fun!

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 http://fullmoon5K.itsyourrace.com to register today! For more information or call (812)685-2447.

Join Anabel Hopkins, Arts in the Parks Artist, for the annual Picturesque Patoka event.Take a short walk to a beautiful view of Patoka Lake on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:00p.m. With the direction of Anabel, paint a scenic picture of sky, water, and landscape. This program is perfect for anyone from beginners to those experienced in the arts. An 8x10” canvas, paints, and brushes will be provided. Just bring along a chair. Open to anyone 14 years or older. Registration is required and limited to the first 15 to register.Call the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447 to register or for more information.

Cruise around the lake by boat and car during this special program all about osprey from 10:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at Patoka Lake.Osprey are a unique, migrating bird of prey that frequents our area during its breeding season before returning to South America for winter.Join in driving tours around the lake as well as boat cruises to view these birds up close.Hear from Allisyn Marie- Gillet, Indiana's Non-game Bird Biologist, who will share the history of the reintroduction program and the success of this species that is making a remarkable return to Indiana!Other topics include adaptations and flight.Cost is $15/person.  Advanced registration is required and can be submitted by calling the Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447. Lunch will be provided during this program at no additional cost.

Dress for the weather and don’t forget to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras!  Have vehicles fueled for the driving tour.  This event is limited to the first 55 registered participants.

Patoka lake Bow Hunters will host a "30" Target 3D shoot on Sunday May 20th 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.