Patoka Sportsman 8-1-20

Patoka Sportsman 8-1 & 8-2-20

Depart from Fisherman’s Campground Boat Ramp at 9:30a.m. for a wildlife watching kayak tour on Patoka Lake on Sunday, August 9. Bring your kayak and enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as you check out an active bald eagle nest site and look for beaver, bald eagles, osprey and other wildlife. Bring binoculars, cameras, preferred refreshments and sunscreen for this two hour long journey. Plan to arrive no later than 9:15a.m. to unload equipment and prepare for the tour. Due to Covid-19 advance registration is required. Forms can be acquired by calling the Nature Center at (812)685-2447. Registration forms are due by 2:00p.m. on Saturday, August 8th in order to participate. For more information regarding this program, or other interpretive events, please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.

Patoka Lake Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, August 22 from 8:00 – 11:00a.m. in a

stash the trash and dash style. Due to Covid-19 and the practice of social distancing, participants

can meet an event coordinator at any of the following boat ramps to register: Painter’s Creek,

Osborn, South Lick Fork, Lick Fork, Newton Stewart or South Ramp. Quick Registration is

from 8:00 – 9:30a.m. Trash pickup will take place from 8:00a.m. – 11a.m. Come by kayak, boat

or car! Increased visitation this summer, brought an increase in trash buildup. While our staff

and volunteers work daily to clear the debris, there is still pounds of trash littering the shoreline.

We need your help to protect this drinking water source and wildlife habitat area!

Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Plan to wear close-toed walking shoes, bug spray and

bring long pants. Participants will be placed in locations based on family groups. The event will

be held in a stash the trash and dash style where trash bags will be left at the boat ramp and along

highways for trucks to pick up. Once you have collected in your area, you are free to head home.

Due to Covid-19 there will be no formal meal or prize giveaways but the lake needs you now

more than ever! We send a huge thank you to all of our past volunteers and extend our

appreciation in advance to all those who will join us in 2020! For more information contact the

Patoka Lake Nature Center at (812)685-2447.

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday August 9th at Beaver Lake CR 325 E Jasper IN. Sign-in will be from sunrise till noon. A practice range will be available, and concessions will also be sold. The entry fee is $10 for all adults, $8 for children age 11-17, and free for the cub class (10 and younger) and active military members. From Jasper, take State Road 164 east to County Road 325 East, turn left and follow the road to the clubhouse on the right. For more information , call cliff fleck at (812)630-0454 or karla brames at 8128273756.

An Indiana Hunter Ed. Course will be held on August 14 & 15 at Redemption Christian Church in Loogootee.  Hours Friday the 14th are from 6-9 PM and Saturday the 15th are from 8 AM – 4 PM. All instruction will be by Indiana Conservation Officers and certified Indiana volunteer Hunter Ed. Instructors.  There is no charge for attending the class.  A Hunter Ed. Certification is required for all persons born after Dec. 31, 1986 who wish to purchase an Indiana Hunting license.  To register go to

 With summer in full swing, Indiana Conservation Officers remind Hoosiers to make safety a priority when recreating around bodies of water. If you are going to be recreating around water, follow these basic safety tips: Discuss the dangers of water with your family and loved ones before going out. Wear a life jacket. Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Go with a buddy. Do not venture around flooded or fast-moving waterways. Avoid alcohol.

Reserved hunt applications for dove, waterfowl, deer, and pheasant will be accepted until Aug. 17. Individuals must apply online for these hunts. To apply, go to and click “Apply for a reserved hunt.” Only one application per hunt is allowed, and no changes can be made once an application is submitted. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the hunt for which they are applying. To find out more about reserved hunt applications that are open or opening soon, visit

Volunteers can help DNR learn more about Indiana’s wild turkey populations by reporting turkey broods through Aug. 31. Each summer, wildlife biologists and volunteers conduct brood surveys, counting the number of young wild turkeys observed with turkey hens to estimate how many young turkeys live through the summer. Summer brood survival is one of the primary factors influencing wild turkey population trends in various regions of the state and informs wild turkey management.