Teen injured when rifle explodes , Vigo County

A 17-year-old was injured in a hunting accident Sunday in New Goshen, said Indiana Conservation Officer Nathan Lutz.At about 5 p.m., the hunter attempted to fire his rifle, which exploded. The juvenile suffered lacerations to his right cheek and possibly a fracture jaw, Lutz reports. The hunter was transported by family members to Union Hospital, before continuing by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Indiana Conservation Officers are currently investigating the incident, but no foul play is suspected at this time, Lutz reports. Lutz said officers are still working to locate the teen’s gun. He may have been hunting alone, Lutz said, and he came out of the woods to get help. Family members got him to the hospital sometime after 7. He underwent surgery Sunday at Methodist Hospital.



Source: Teen injured in Vigo County hunting accident | Local News | tribstar.com

Bonus antlerless deer quotas set for Indiana counties

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced county bonus antlerless quotas for deer hunting in the 2016-17 season.

Quotas have changed for seven counties – five that are lower than last year and two that are higher.

The new quotas are lower in Daviess (2 to 1), Gibson (4 to 3), Ohio (8 to 4), Posey (3 to 2) and Tippecanoe (4 to 3). Porter County increased from 4 to 8, and Perry County from 3 to 4.

A map showing all 92 counties and their respective bonus quotas can be found at deer.dnr.IN.gov.

Bonus antlerless quotas are the primary tool the DNR uses to manage deer populations on a county-by-county basis. It allows hunters to buy bonus licenses to take additional antlerless deer based on a county’s assigned quota. A hunter can harvest up to the county quota in each county.

Hunters must buy a separate bonus license for each deer they intend to harvest. Bonus antlerless licenses can be used in any season, except the Reduction Zone Season, using the equipment legal for that season. Deer bundle licenses can also be used to harvest antlerless deer but cannot be used when working toward bonus antlerless county quotas on DNR properties.

Counties with a quota of 4 or greater are eligible for the special antlerless season (Dec. 26 through Jan. 1).

Quotas are determined using a variety of factors including, hunter harvest trend data, damage reports, deer-vehicle collisions, landowner and hunter surveys, and recommendations from the DNR deer management biologist, district wildlife biologists, and Indiana Conservation Officers.

DNR confirms black bear report in southern Indiana

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources today confirmed the presence of a black bear in and around Corydon in southern Indiana. The bear was first reported around 9 p.m. Sunday. Indiana Conservation Officers received a call from a Harrison County homeowner of a bear going through the caller’s garbage. Conservation officers, sheriff’s deputies and local animal control officers responded but did not locate a bear. On Monday morning, the bear was observed by several people, including conservation officers, in areas near State Road 62 and later in Corydon. The sighting comes roughly a year after a black bear wandered into northwest Indiana from Michigan. That bear was the first verified presences of a bear in Indiana in more than 140 years. After spending several weeks in Indiana, the bear returned to Michigan. Young black bears are known to disperse in the springtime as they seek new territory in which to settle. The bear is most likely wild and swam across the Ohio River from Kentucky. Kentucky has an expanding bear population. “We’ve anticipated this possibility and our staff has been preparing,” said Linnea Petercheff staff operations specialist with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. Black bears are shy by nature and tend to avoid human contact. Attacks are rare. Read more

DNR happy with outcome of West Boggs Lake project

DNR officials are happy with the outcome of a project to improve fishing at West Boggs Lake in Daviess and Martin counties. In fall 2014, officials drained and treated the lake to eradicate gizzard shad and other undesirable species in an effort to restore a balanced fishery. After the renovation, the lake was restocked with 104,374 largemouth bass, 462,476 bluegills and 195,245 redear sunfish, all fingerlings. A total of 816 adult largemouth bass also were restocked after being salvaged by anglers during spring bass tournaments and by biologists during fall electrofishing. Read more

Indiana Conservation Officers Investigate Boating Accident At Adams Lake

(WOLCOTTVILLE) – Indiana Conservation Officer Levi Knach and Probationary Officer Adam Bailey investigated a personal injury boating accident that occurred at Adams Lake in LaGrange County on Sunday at approximately 5 p.m.

57-year-old Rick Huddleston of Fort Wayne, Indiana was operating a personal watercraft and struck a personal watercraft driven by 23-year-old Dakota Dellahan of Muskegon, Michigan. Both operators were making sweeping turns towards one another and got too close.

Dellahan was transported to Parkview LaGrange Hospital, and then transferred to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, for treatment of injuries to his arm, shoulder, back, ribs and lung.

Both operators were wearing personal flotation devices as required by law.

Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the Indiana State Police.

Brazil Times: Local News: ‘Spring Aboard’ during spring break 

Indiana Conservation Officers will partner with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators to encourage boaters to Spring Aboard and enroll in a boater education course. Working in partnership with the states, many on-line course providers will offer incentives or course discounts for students who enroll in or complete a course during the Spring Aboard campaign from April 17-23.”An informed and knowledgeable boat operator is much more likely to recognize hazardous conditions on the water and avoid a boating mishap”, said Indiana Boating Law Administrator Lt. Kenton Turner. “Classroom courses are offered through Indiana Conservation Officers. Online courses are available 24/7 and provide state specific information needed for your boating location.”Forty-nine states and U.S. territories require proof of completion of a boater education course for operators of some powered vessels.For Indiana available courses, visit www.boat-ed.com/indiana/index.html – www.register-ed.com/programs/indiana/104…For Indiana boating regulations and educational material visit www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/8678.htmAccording to the latest U.S. Coast Guard statistics, 80 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the operator had never received boating education instruction.

Source: Brazil Times: Local News: ‘Spring Aboard’ during spring break (04/01/16)

Boy injured in handgun accident

KINGSBURY – A 12-year-old boy was sent to the hospital after receiving minor injuries from a handgun.

At about 11 a.m. Thursday, Indiana Conservation Officers were dispatched to Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area shooting range for a report of a 12-year-old boy being injured while firing a handgun.


Upon arrival, Indiana Conservation Officer Corporal Guy Wendorf learned the juvenile, who was with his father, was firing a handgun using reloaded ammunition at the time of the incident.

While firing, one of the rounds exploded inside the gun, damaging the firearm and causing minor cuts and bruises to the shooter.

As a precaution, the juvenile’s father took him to IU Health La Porte Hospital where he was treated and released with no serious injuries found.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, reloading ammunition is a common practice. The exact cause of the malfunction is still under investigation.

Indiana man accused of illegally poaching deer

Conservation officers in Indiana say they’ve arrested a man who allegedly illegally killed deer and ran a service that guided others on illegal deer hunts.

In a news release, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says they arrested 31-year-old Jeremy Zachary of Anderson on violations such as shooting from a vehicle, shooting deer after legal hours, using artificial light to take game and hunting without the consent of the landowner. The release say the investigation turned up evidence that 16 deer and a turkey were illegally harvested by Zachary himself over the last two years but that it was unknown how many deer were taken by poachers that he would “guide” during that period.

The release says officers executed a total of three arrest warrants but provided no further details.

Source: Indiana man accused of illegally poaching deer

Three Arrested For Multiple Ginseng And Marijuana Violations

(JENNINGS CO.) – Indiana Conservation Officers arrested three men Monday afternoon for the theft, harvesting of and buying Ginseng without being a licensed buyer, probation violations and various marijuana and paraphernalia possession charges.All three suspects were incarcerated at the Jennings County jail on the following charges:58-year-old Thomas Hartwell of North Vernon: Theft, Level 6 Felony; Hunting Ginseng without the consent of the landowner, Class C Misdemeanor; Harvesting or collecting Ginseng in a closed season, Class B Misdemeanor; Probation violation for previous Ginseng charges.70-year-old William McCollum of North Vernon: Aiding in theft, Level 6 Felony; Dealing in Ginseng without a license, B Misdemeanor; Aiding in hunting Ginseng without the consent of the landowner, Class C Misdemeanor; Aiding in harvesting or collecting Ginseng in a closed season, Class B Misdemeanor; Possession of Marijuana, B Misdemeanor; Possession of paraphernalia, A Misdemeanor.51-year-old Robert Boyd of North Vernon: Aiding in theft, Level 6 Felony; Dealing in Ginseng without a license, B Misdemeanor; Aiding in hunting Ginseng without the consent of the landowner, Class C Misdemeanor; Aiding in harvesting or collecting Ginseng in a closed season, Class B Misdemeanor; Possession of Marijuana, B Misdemeanor; Possession of paraphernalia, A Misdemeanor.At approximately 4:30 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officers served search warrants on the residences of McCollum and Boyd, where 20 pounds of illegally possessed dry Ginseng was recovered, along with marijuana and paraphernalia. The value of the Ginseng is estimated at approximately $9,000.Indiana Conservation Officers located the men at McCollum’s residence, in which a confession of the crimes were obtained and marijuana, as well as paraphernalia was found as a result of the search.The legal season to collect and harvest ginseng begins September 1 and consent from the land owner must be obtained prior to entering private property. Citizens are encouraged to contact 1-800-TIPIDNR or ICO Central Dispatch at (812) 873-9536 to report any suspicious activity or any ongoing crime that is afoot.



Source: Three Arrested For Multiple Ginseng And Marijuana Violations – WBIW.com / State

Missing hunter from Dugger located after search involving ICO and numerous agencies plus K-9 tracking teams

Pleasantville – Indiana Conservation Officers were joined by officers from numerous agencies in a search for a missing hunter over the weekend. They were successful — Richard Wiseman, 74, of Dugger, was located in Sullivan County.The search was launched when a conservation officer received a phone call from a concerned hunter, who stated his hunting partner had never returned from the woods.It turned out Wiseman had become disoriented and he suffered injuries which hindered him from finding his way out of the woods.Multiple agencies and several K-9 tracking teams responded to an area in the Pleasantville area of Sullivan County to search.Wiseman was located. He had suffered a leg injury which prohibited him from walking. He was transported to the Sullivan County Community Hospital for medical treatment.Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted in the search by personnel from the following agencies: Dugger Town Marshals, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency, Sullivan County Ambulance Service, Indiana Department of Corrections, Vigo County Emergency Management Agency, Vigo County Emergency Communications Team, Vigo County Search and Rescue, and the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

Source: Greene County Daily World: Local News: Missing hunter from Dugger located after search involving ICO and numerous agencies plus K-9 tracking teams (08/16/15)