Patoka Sportsman 5-19-18

Patoka Sportsman 5-19 & 5-20-18

On May 15, 2018, the NRC voted to withdraw the proposal that would have authorized a bobcat season (312 IAC 9-3-18.1) and the proposal that would have required nuisance wild animal control permit holders to euthanize raccoons, opossums, and coyotes (312 IAC 9-10-11). Therefore, there is no longer a proposal to open a bobcat season, and nuisance control permit holders can still release these animals in the county of capture on property where they have permission to do so or euthanize them (by an approved method).

Other proposals:Removes the starting and ending time for the otter trapping season, allows the hide to be possessed at any time of year, and clarifies requirements for otters taken outside the season or in a county where the season is not open. As the result of two black bears moving into Indiana over the past couple of years, this new rule lists black bears separately instead of an exotic mammal.  Black bears no longer qualify as an “exotic mammal” under the state’s definition. The restrictions on possession of live bears and hides of bears obtained legally from another state remain the same.

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. The DCSC will have their next monthly meeting on Monday, May 21 at 7 PM at Mac A Doo’s.

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.

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.

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.