Patoka Sportsman 9-29-18

Patoka Sportsman 9-29 & 9-30-18

Youth deer season is this weekend. Youth age 17 or younger on the date of the hunt can participate but must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age. The youth hunter must possess a valid license for hunting deer (youth hunt/trap or other) while in the field unless exempt from needing a license. The youth’s adult partner must possess a valid hunting license of any type that is not an apprentice license. All hunters must wear hunter orange.

The youth hunter can take an antlered deer and one (or more) antlerless deer. The youth hunter’s antlerless deer limit is determined by the bonus county quota for the county being hunted. A youth hunter can take only one antlerless deer in a county with a bonus antlerless quota of “A” during the special youth deer season. An antlered deer harvested during the youth season counts toward the statewide bag limit of one antlered deer.

The youth hunter may use a legal firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow to take a deer. Only one antlerless deer may be taken on DNR-managed Fish and Wildlife areas and some other DNR properties. The youth hunter must comply with all other deer hunting regulations.

Reservations for put-and-take pheasant hunts on DNR properties will be accepted until midnight on Nov. 24. Put-and-take hunting reservations are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. All hunting days will start on a Saturday in mid to late November. Properties locally offering put-and-take hunts are Atterbury and Glendale wildlife areas. The cost for put-and-take hunts is $28 per person per slot, which is non-refundable. Put-and-take pheasant hunters must register each day of their hunt at the property office. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. local time. Put-and-take pheasant hunters may begin hunting at 9 a.m. local time.

Indiana’s Deer archery season and the fall turkey seasons both begin on October 1.  Only one bird of either sex may be taken either during the archery season which runs from Oct. 1-28 and again from Dec. 8 through Jan. 6 or the Fall Firearms season is from Oct. 17-28.  Turkey hunters must meet fluorescent hunter orange requirements while hunting turkeys Dec. 8-24 and from Dec. 26-Jan. 6 in locations where the deer special antlerless season is open.  Deer archery season runs from Oct. 1 through Jan. 6.  You have several choices of deer license you can purchase. A deer bundle license can be used in all seasons (except the deer reduction zone season) and gives the hunter the privilege to harvest up to three deer (3 antlerless OR 1 antlered and 2 antlerless deer). If you hunt in more than one season, this is the license deal for you. Season dates, legal equipment, and all other deer hunting laws apply. Cost is $65 for Indiana residents,$295 for non-residents and $65 for non-resident youth.

Deer firearms season is from Nov. 17 through Dec. 2.  Muzzleloader season runs from Dec. 8-23 and the special antlerless season runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6 only in counties with a bonus antlerless quota of 4 or more.  In our area those counties include Greene, Martin, Lawrence, Orange, Crawford and Perry.  Dubois and Spencer have a quota of 3. Pike, Warrick, Know, Gibson and Vanderburg’s quota is only 2.

JASPER RIFLE AND GUN CLUB WILL BE OPENING THEIR TRAP FIELDS FOR SIX SUNDAYS, (9-23 THRU 10-28) FOR YOUTH SHOOTERS TO PARTICIPATE, LEARN AND SHOOT THE SPORT OF TRAP. YOUTH SHOOTERS MAY ATTEND AS MANY OR ALL OF THESE SESSIONS. THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF THE FRIENDS OF THE NRA AND THE JRGC, THE COST OF A ROUND OF 25 TRAP TARGETS WILL BE $2.00 AND A BOX OF SHOTGUN SHELLS WILL BE $3.00. THESE PRICES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE DURING THESE EVENTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION OF IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE email youthshotgun@jaspergunclub.com OR CALL STEVE HAGGH AT 812-482-9013 OR JOE JONES AT 360-975-9284.

Bring your kayak and join the naturalist for the final kayak tour of the season on Sunday,October 7th, 10:30a.m. at South Lick Fork Boat Ramp on Highway 164. Enjoy a morning on the waters of Patoka as we look for beaver, bald eagles, kingfishers and other wildlife along the way. We will check to see if the osprey migration has begun. Bring binoculars, life vests, refreshments and sunscreen for this journey. This tour will last approximately 2 hours. Non-motorized boat launch permits are required and will be sold at the event for $5.

Celebrate the season at Patoka Lake's annual Autumn Getaway Weekend #1 Friday, October 19th & Saturday October 20th. All programs take place in the modern campgrounds at the shelter house & large tents.

A summer full of fun and recreation at Monroe Lake creates more than memories… it also results in a lot of trash! They need your help on October 7 at Cutright SRA to clean up the mess and restore the lake shore to an inviting habitat for both people and wildlife.  Lake Monroe Staff will be transporting people by boat to areas of the shoreline that are difficult to reach by other means. Orientation begins at 2:30 p.m. Cleanup ends at 6:30 p.m. There will be a Free “Thank You” cookout afterwards for all volunteers! All volunteers must be at least 10 years old; ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by Oct. 4.

The Indiana Conservation Officers and Fur takers of America local 7C will sponsor an Indiana trapper Ed. Class Sat. Oct. 20 from 8 AM to 4 PM EST at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area.  The class is free and lunch will be provided by the Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club.  The class will be specifically oriented toward beginning trappers with the following subjects being covered at the class:  Furbearer Management, Behavior and disease, trapper safety, Historical culture of trapping, sportsmanship, rules and regulations and trapper ethics, trapper technology, equipment modifications and preparation for upland water trapping, trap setting demonstrations, proper fur handling techniques an trapline management.  You can sign up at pass it on Indiana dot com.

Representatives from the Indiana DNR divisions of Law Enforcement and Forestry recently deployed to assist with the effects of Hurricane Florence and wildfires. A team of 16 Indiana Conservation Officers, in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, responded to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request from North Carolina to assist with swift-water rescue and flood evacuations in the wake of Florence and we thank them for their support of people in need.