Indiana DNR News

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

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.

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 – / State

DNR web page lists current boating restrictions – Kokomo Perspective: Kp

Record or near-record rainfall this summer has led the Department of Natural Resources to restrict or close some public freshwater lakes in northern Indiana to motorboat traffic.The DNR has created a web page ( to keep the boating public and lakefront property owners informed of current restrictions or closures.The DNR Law Enforcement Division uses an established policy to guide recommended restrictions based on conditions at a given lake.After a condition or hazard is reported to the DNR, an Indiana Conservation Officer with DNR Law Enforcement investigates and recommends a course of action. The recommendation is reviewed by supervisors and forwarded to the DNR director for final approval. Indiana Administrative Code (312 IAC 5-12) authorizes the DNR director to modify or close public waters to watercraft use through a temporary order.Depending on the reported conditions, the DNR director can do one of the following:1. Restrict watercraft to daytime operationConditions: Large amounts of floating debris and or submerged objects that pose a significant impact to boating safety and/or navigation during night-time operation.2. Limit watercraft operations to idle speedConditions: Surface water will likely be inside dwelling structures as a result of wake.3. Prohibit motorboat operationsConditions: Surface water is inside dwelling structures and motorboat operation, regardless of speed, would cause continued property damage.4. Close lakes to watercraft operationsConditions: Potential dam failure or other catastrophic incident.5. Any other restrictionsConditions: Unusual conditions or hazards not covered in steps 1, 2, 3 and 4.Once a temporary order is in place, conservation officers continue to monitor the water levels. In some instances, the presence of U.S. Geological Service water gages allows them to remotely check water levels on the Internet. In other instances, they monitor levels with in-person visits, often on a daily basis.They also check weather forecasts to avoid lifting restrictions too soon.Although the DNR has a regulatory role in the safety of many lake outlet structures, many are not owned by the DNR.Such structures often don’t have operable features, so water levels in most natural lakes are controlled by the natural cycle of rainfall, evaporation, wetland storage, and runoff.In addition, because lake outlet structures may pose potential safety risks even in normal conditions, they should be avoided, especially during floods and times of high water.

Source: DNR web page lists current boating restrictions – Kokomo Perspective: Kp

Authorities investigate 15-year-old’s body found in White River in Lawrence County

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ind. (August 9, 2015) — Indiana Conservation officers are investigating a body found in the White River Slough in southern Indiana.A fisherman discovered the body about 11 a.m. Saturday in the river near Williams, about 30 miles south of Bloomington. Indiana Conservation officers say the victim has been identified as Graden McFarlan 15, Bedford.The Lawrence County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy Monday at Bedford.Officers encourage anyone with information related to the investigation to contact the Conservation Officers’ Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536.

Source: Authorities investigate 15-year-old’s body found in White River in Lawrence County | WTTV CBS4Indy

DNR launches site to post lake restrictions

The state’s Department of Natural Resources has launched a website where it says it will list boating restrictions or closures of lakes.The page, located at, will aim to keep the public and property owners in the loop with current conditions on area lakes, the department said. It comes after a rainy season which forced speed restrictions on several area lakes in northeast Indiana.The department said its Law Enforcement Division uses an established policy based on conditions and the specific lake to guide it’s recommendations. The decisions come from a joint investigation between that division on an Indiana Conservation officer, and from there, the director of the Department of Natural Resources makes an approval.The director can restrict boats to the daytime, limit them to idle speeds, close all motorboating, close makes to boats altogether and make any other restrictions depending on unusual conditions.Once a temporary order is put into place, conservation officers monitor water conditions and study weather forecasts.

Source: DNR launches site to post lake restrictions | WANE

2015 reserved youth turkey hunts on DNR properties

Youth hunters can apply for a reservation to hunt one of 21 DNR properties during the special youth wild turkey hunting season, April 18 and 19.

The hunters must be younger than 18 on the day of the hunt.

The reserved hunts are at the following fish & wildlife areas (FWAs): Atterbury, Chinook, Crosley, Deer Creek, Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Hillenbrand, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Minnehaha, Pigeon River, Roush Lake, Sugar Ridge, Tri-County, Winamac and Willow Slough; as well as at Salamonie and Mississinewa lakes.

The number of hunters allowed on each property will be limited. Interested hunters or an adult representing them must register in person or by phone with the property they wish to hunt. Hunters should register during normal office hours, March 16-27. Hunters can register for only one property.

Those wanting to sign up for Chinook hunts may do so at Deer Creek FWA. Those wanting to sign up for Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand or Minnehaha hunts may do so at Goose Pond FWA.

At properties where the number of registered hunters exceeds the spots available, a drawing will be held on March 30. A youth hunter may be drawn for either one or both hunt days, depending on the number of applicants. All applicants will be notified of drawing results by mail.

Applicants must possess a 2015 Youth Consolidated Hunting & Trapping License, a 2015 Non-Resident Youth Spring Turkey License with a game bird habitat stamp privilege, or Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting License. Apprentice hunting licenses of the types named above also may be used.

When registering a youth for one of the hunts, make sure to have the following information:

— Hunter’s name

— Type of license and license number

— Date(s) in which applying

— Mailing address

— Phone number

— Parent or guardian’s name, address and phone number.

Hunts will run one-half hour before sunrise until noon at properties in the Central time zone, and one-half hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. on properties in the Eastern time zone.

Youth hunters selected for the hunt may check in at any time each day until the end of legal hunting hours for that property. Properties will not have a daily “no-show” drawing. Hunters interested in possible unfilled quotas at a property should call that property for more information before showing up.

During youth wild turkey season, hunters younger than 18 on the day of the hunt can take a bearded or male wild turkey. The youth must be accompanied by someone 18 or older.

The youth hunter may use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow. The adult accompanying the youth hunter must not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow while in the field. The adult does not need to possess a turkey hunting license unless the youth is using an apprentice license, or unless the adult is calling turkeys.

Phone numbers for information or to register at a specific property:

Atterbury (812) 526-2051

Crosley (812) 346-5596

Deer Creek (765) 653-0453

Glendale (812) 644-7711

Goose Pond (812) 659-9901

Hovey Lake (812) 838-2927

Jasper-Pulaski (219) 843-4841

Kankakee (574) 896-3522

Kingsbury (219) 393-3612

LaSalle (219) 992-3019

Pigeon River (260) 367-2164

Roush Lake (260) 468-2165

Sugar Ridge (812) 789-2724

Tri-County (574) 834-4461

Winamac (574) 946-4422

Willow Slough (219) 285-2704

Mississinewa Lake (765) 473-6528

Salamonie Lake (260) 468-2125

To purchase a Youth Consolidated or Turkey license go to

For wild turkey hunting regulations go to

For turkey hunting safety tips go to


Public hearings set for proposed fish, wildlife rule changes

Event Description

The Natural Resources Commission has scheduled three hearings to accept public comment on a package of proposed rule changes governing deer hunting, wild animals found dead, nuisance wild animals, cottontail rabbits, wild pigs, quail and pheasant hunting on DNR-managed properties, ruffed grouse, wild turkey hunting, reptiles, amphibians, exotic fish, sport fishing, and commercial fishing on Wabash River boundary waters and other inland water.

Among the proposed changes are rules that would allow the use of high-powered rifles for deer hunting, a 25-fish daily bag limit on sunfish (that includes bluegill), and suspension of the ruffed grouse hunting season. For a complete list of proposed amendments with additional information about each proposal, see Read more