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Indiana Deer Harvest Down in ’13 but Still a Top 10 Season

Hunters harvested fewer deer in the 2013 season than in each of the previous five seasons. That might be sobering news to some deer hunters, but it wasn’t unexpected.

“Going into the year, I knew it was going to be down,” said Chad Stewart, deer…

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Indiana DNR Program Will Teach Squirrel Hunting, Jan. 4

Registration is open for a free DNR program that will teach participants how to hunt squirrels in Indiana.

“Hunt, Fish, Eat: Squirrels” is part of the ongoing “Hunt, Fish, Eat” program offered through the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife th…

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Indiana February Canada Goose Season to Continue

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is again offering a late season for hunting Canada geese.

The season runs Feb. 1-15 in 30 counties: Steuben, LaGrange, Elkhart, St. Joseph, La Porte, Starke, Marshall, Kosciusko, Noble, DeKalb, Allen, Whitle…

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Indiana DNR Offers Backyard Feeder Workshop at Paynetown SRA, Dec. 13

Participants can learn about the winter food needs of animals and build two wildlife feeders to take home at Monroe Lake’s Backyard Feeder Workshop, Dec. 13.

The workshop is at Paynetown State Recreation Area at 6 p.m. and will last two hours.

Duri…

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Indiana’s 2013 Deer Firearms Hunting Season Opens Saturday

The most popular phase of Indiana deer hunting kicks off Saturday with firearms season, and it serves as a reminder to hunters: Follow the rules, practice ethical hunting behavior, and have an enjoyable, safe time in the woods.

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Wild Turkeys Will Be Highlighted at Indiana’s Paynetown SRA, Nov. 24

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Monroe Lake is celebrating turkeys on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Paynetown State Recreation Area.

The focus isn’t on the domestic turkey, which most people serve for dinner, but the wild turkey.

The day begins wi…

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Deer Attractants: Legal to Buy But Not For Use in Indiana Hunting

The Department of Natural Resources is reminding Indiana hunters that even though deer attractants found at retail stores can be purchased and used in the wild, hunting near them is illegal.

They are considered bait.

Indiana regulations prohibit the …

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Indiana’s Lieber State Recreation Area to Host Hunters Rendezvous Chili Supper, Nov. 15

Kick off the deer hunting firearms season with the annual Lieber State Recreation Area Hunters Rendezvous Chili Supper, on Nov. 15, the eve of the season’s opening day.

The supper will be at the nature center, from 7 to 9 p.m. A conservation officer…

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Indiana’s Potato Creek State Park Announces Closures and Restrictions for Hunts

Potato Creek State Park will close to conduct deer herd maintenance hunts on Nov. 18 and 19 and Dec. 2 and 3.

No one except selected hunters will be admitted to the park on these days.

Canada goose reduction hunts will take place Nov. 9 and 10, and D…

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Indiana Deer Hunters Feeding Hungry Hoosiers

This fall, some Hoosiers who need some help will be able to put more food on the table, thanks to deer hunters and the DNR Division of Law Enforcement’s Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund.

The fund makes it possible for hunters to donate venison through…

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Indiana Youth Rabbit Hunt at Salamonie Lake on Oct. 26

A youth rabbit hunt is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, at Salamonie Lake.

The event is sponsored by the Indiana Beaglers Alliance.

The hunt will start at 7 a.m. at the Salamonie Visitors Center. Hunters will be in the field until noon. Lunch will be…

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Indiana Youth Rabbit Hunt to Take Place at Tri-County FWA on Oct. 19

Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area will host a youth rabbit hunt on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The hunt is from 8 a.m. to noon. Children will be partnered with an experienced hunter, and various beagle dog handlers will guide the youth hunters as they trail …

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Special 2013 Waterfowl Hunt Dates for Patoka Lake, Indiana

Patoka Lake’s Eastern and Allen Creek waterfowl resting areas will be open for hunting and boat traffic on the dates listed below.

Oct. 26-27 for youth waterfowl hunting weekend
Nov. 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 and 30 for ducks and geese; and Nov. 12 for geese…

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Indiana 2013 Deer Harvest May Not Exceed Record of 2012

Hunters in Indiana can expect another productive deer season in 2013, but probably not as productive as last year’s record setter.

Hoosier deer hunters in 2012 harvested 136,248 deer. The deer harvest record has been broken in four of the last five …

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Indiana DNR and Ducks Unlimited Host the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience Dynasty

Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience participants can become part of their own duck dynasty on Sept. 21-22 at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. Beards are optional.

Ducks Unlimited will have a waterfowl decoy set up with a layout blind and demonstr…

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Indiana DNR Offers Free Beginner Waterfowl Hunting Workshop Oct. 5 at Sugar Ridge FWA

A free waterfowl hunting workshop for beginners on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area in Winslow will focus on Canada geese.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is for novice waterfowl hunters and those who want to try w…

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Indiana DNR Offers Free Beginner Waterfowl Hunting Workshop Oct. 5 at Sugar Ridge FWA

A free waterfowl hunting workshop for beginners on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area in Winslow will focus on Canada geese.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is for novice waterfowl hunters and those who want to try w…

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Indiana DNR Releases Put-and-take Pheasant Hunt Reservation Reminder

Hunters can begin registering for put-and-take hunting for ring-necked pheasants at DNR fish & wildlife areas this fall.

Registration runs through Nov. 30 at IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov.

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Indiana Venison Donation Program Connects Hunters and the Public

A program that allows hunters to give deer meat to those who want venison will be available again this fall.

GiveIN Game, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife’s venison donation program, will be available for its third year. Hunters who are willing t…

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Indiana’s CheckIN Game Receives Upgrades Before Fall Deer and Turkey Seasons

CheckIN Game, Indiana’s online harvest reporting system for hunters, has been made more user friendly going into the fall deer and turkey hunting seasons.

Several upgrades now allow hunters who previously used CheckIN Game to view past harvest data….

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Indiana DNR Proposes Regular 2013 Waterfowl Season Dates

Indiana’s regular-season waterfowl dates, as proposed to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by the DNR, are listed below.

The dates are not final until approved by the USFWS in mid- to late September. A future announcement will eith…

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Application Deadline Nears for 2013 Indiana State Park Deer Reduction Hunts

The deadline for hunters to apply for this year’s state park deer reduction hunts is Aug. 25.

Hunters must apply online by visiting Hunting.IN.gov and clicking on the “Reserved Hunt Info” link. Paper applications are not available.

Deer reduction h…

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Indiana DNR Offers Deer Hunting Workshop for Beginners

Don’t know a thing about deer or deer hunting but would like to learn? The Department of Natural Resources has the solution — the Hunt, Fish, Eat outreach program that introduces new hunters to the basics for getting started. “Hunt, Fish, Eat: Wh…

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Venison Workshop Series Offered Throughout Indiana this September

A venison workshop series in September will teach deer skinning, butchering and preparation. Participants can taste the venison, which will be prepared in a variety of ways. The workshops will also feature food safety and handling procedures and an upd…

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Indiana Trapper’s Clinic Set for Sept. 21 at Jasper-Pulaski FWA

The public can learn about trapping at a clinic on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT. Lunch will be available for a nominal fee. The event is sponsored by Fur Takers, the… Read M…

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Indiana DNR Offers Talk with Goose Hunting Expert on Facebook

Facebook followers of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources can “talk” online about goose hunting with wildlife biologist Josh Griffin on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 2-3 p.m. (EDT), on the DNR’s Facebook wall. Griffin will discuss regulations a…

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Indiana DNR Releases 2013-14 Hunting & Trapping Guide

Want to know when the hunting seasons are, how much licenses cost, what opportunities there are for young hunters, or even where to go hunting in Indiana? All of those answers and more can be found in the Indiana Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guid…

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Indiana DNR Submits Early Migratory Bird 2013 Season Dates

The 2013 early migratory bird season dates have been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Indiana DNR as listed below. As in other years, these dates are not final until the USFWS approves them, which typically happens by the end of…..

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Indiana DNR Hosts Trapping Camp at Salamonie Lake, Oct. 5-6

Salamonie Lake will host a free trapper education course, Oct. 5 and 6, at the Salamonie Interpretive Center. The program is open to all ages, though youths are especially encouraged to attend. Registration is open now, and those interested are encoura…

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Register Now for Indiana DFW Deer Hunting Basic Class

Registration is open for a free DNR program in three cities that will teach participants how to hunt whitetail deer in Indiana. Hunt, Fish, Eat starts Aug. 8 in Terre Haute, Aug. 20 in Indianapolis and Sept. 5 in Fort Wayne. The program is a… Read Mo…

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