Patoka Sportsman 8-4-18

Patoka Sportsman 8-4 & 8-5-18

The Westside Sportsman Club of Evansville is hosting an Indiana Hunter Ed. Course on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday Aug. 12 from 8 AM – 2 PM each day.Lunch and snacks will be provided.To register for any Indiana Hunter Ed. Course go to pass it on Indiana dot com and sign up.

The public is invited to join the Indiana Volkssport Association during their 2018 Volksmarch Series event taking place at Patoka Lake on Saturday, August 11.Walk the trails at the Patoka Lake Nature Center to participate in this unique event.Distances include 3.1 miles or 6.2 miles.Participants can start anytime between 8:00a.m. and 1:00p.m.Finish time is set for 4:00p.m.Pets are welcome and must be on a leash.Refreshments and food will be provided at the event for a small donation.Non-members of the association can register for this sanctioned event onsite or in advance for a chance at winning a medal however those that just want to participate without registering are free to join the members at no cost!Call the Patoka Lake Nature Center for further details at (812)685-2447.

Bring your kayak and join the naturalist on Sunday, August 12th, 9:30a.m. at the South Lick Fork Boat Ramp at Patoka Lake on Highway 164.Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as we look for beaver, bald eagles, osprey, kingfishers and other wildlife along the way.Travel under the Highway 164 causeway and watch the swallows fly!Hear stories of the reservoir and its creation.Bring binoculars, life vests, refreshments and sunscreen for this journey. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5.Arrive no later than 9:15a.m. to register for this adventure on water.

Youth deer hunt applications are now being accepted online through Aug. 21.Youth must be 17 or younger on the hunt date and accompanied by a mentor, defined as a licensed hunter, 18 years or older.The mentor is not eligible to hunt or carry a firearm for this hunt.

Youth and regular Pheasant hunt applications are being accepted online through Sept. 27.Youth must be 17 or younger on the hunt date and accompanied by a mentor, defined as a licensed hunter, 18 years or older.The mentor is not eligible to hunt or carry a firearm for the youth hunt.Hunt dates and gamer bird areas are chosen by random drawing.

There will be a 3-D Broken Arrow Archery shoot Sunday August 12 at Beaver Lake. 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 members and $12 for non-members, $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 812-827-3756.

The DNR’s Natural Resources Building is the place to be during the Indiana State Fair now through Aug.19. Located in the northwest area of the fairgrounds, DNR’s building not only is one of the few with air conditioning but also houses the best information, wild animals, and fun. Stop by the Fishin' Pond (open daily). Children ages 5-17 can fish for free every day of the fair. See a snake or two, check out large aquariums filled with Indiana fish, and view live raptors at the amphitheater.  While you are cooling off inside the DNR building, pick up the latest recreation guide, fishing guide, hunting & trapping guide, boating guide, off-road vehicle guide and much more.

Fun in the sun at Patoka leaves a lot more behind than just summer memories. It results in trash and debris buildup along the lakeshore.  Patoka Lake needs your help to restore the lake to its pristine condition for wildlife safety and people to enjoy. Please help remove trash and debris from the shores of Patoka Lake on Saturday, August 25th from 8am – 1p.m.  Sign-in begins at 8a.m. at US Army Corps of Engineers Office, next to the Dam/Spillway, with trash pickup to follow.  All participating volunteers will be rewarded with a FREE lunch at the Army Corps Office starting at 11 a.m.Door prize will also be awarded. Last year volunteers went home with tickets to Shotz laser tag and putt putt golf, Patoka Lake Marina lake cruises, life jackets, t-shirts, Frisbees, rain collection barrels and prize packets!  Volunteers should wear sturdy walking shoes.All supplies will be provided, just bring your family, friends, students and club members!