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

5K/15K Walk, Ruck, Run to “Honor the Sacrifice”

Sponsors~~element59Support our military and have fun doing it. Participate in the 5K/15K Walk, Ruck, Run to “Honor the Sacrifice” on April 18, 2015. Each distance will have competitive and non-competitive categories with awards given to top finishers. Individual registration is $20.00. Money from the event will be donated to the North Vernon National Guard Family Readiness Group, the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund, Inc., and the Wounded Warrior Project.

5K/15K Walk, Ruck, Run to “Honor the Sacrifice”

April 18, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

Community Building, Jennings County Fairgounds, 4920 North Highway 3, North Vernon, Indiana 47265

Questions? E-mail

Visit for more information and to register.


6th annual Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show





Snap out of cabin fever to plan outdoor adventures, browse rustic log homes, or compare, test and purchase recreational products from 100+ exhibitors focused on: Hunting and Fishing, RVs and Motor Sports, Log Cabin and Cottage Living, Vacation and Travel, Boats and Water Sports, and Biking, Hiking and Fitness.

A weekend filled with interactive family fun includes the Coliseum’s first-ever zip line flying over a 25,000-gallon lagoon, daily STIHL Timberworks lumberjack shows featuring an amateur military competition, kayak and bicycle rides, live fishing, youth archery, air rifle and inflatable BB gun shooting range, free Bass Pro Shop seminars, chainsaw woodcarving demos, Sunday concert, giveaways and more! The show will also pay tribute to hometown heroes by raising funds for military veteran honor flights to Washington D.C.


$10 adults (admission valid all 3 days); $5 active/veteran military; children 12 & under free;  $2 off coupons available online and at Fort Wayne Gander Mountain & Dick’s Sporting Goods stores; $2 off admission with a Mizpah Shrine Circus ticket stub (also at Coliseum the same weekend); discounts cannot be combined with other offers.


Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind.


Date(s) and Time(s) of Event:

January 23-25

Friday, noon-9 pm; Saturday, 10 am-8 pm; Sunday, 11 am-5 pm

Mounds SP to offer winter break programs

Mounds State Park will offer daily educational programs when many area schools are on winter break.

The programs run Saturday, Dec. 27 to Saturday, Jan. 3. The programs are designed for children of all ages and adults. Park entrance is free during winter, and the programs are free too.

Programs are:

—Dec. 27, at 1 p.m.: Cocoa and a Movie.

—Dec. 28, at 9 a.m.: Audubon Bird Walk (binoculars and cookies provided).

—Dec. 29, at 1 p.m.: Nature Story Time.

—Dec. 30, at 1 p.m.: Toad-ally Tadpoles.

—Dec. 31, at 1 p.m.: Hoosier Quest Pin Program (pins cost $2).

—Jan. 1, at 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.: Luminary First Day Hikes.

—Jan. 2, at 1 p.m.: Critter Feeding Time.

—Jan. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Baby Snapper Meet ‘n’ Greet.

Mounds State Park ( is at 4306 Mounds Road, Anderson, 46017.

To view all DNR news releases, please see

Contact Information:

Name: Jessica Rosier

Phone: (765) 649-8128


Entering the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 20-21

For safety reasons, all parking for the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience will be provided outside the Fort Harrison State Park gates.


The most convenient way to enter and exit the event is using the free shuttle service. Parking for shuttle riders, which is free, is in the south lot of the Maj. Gen. E.J. Bean Finance Center, which participants will enter off Post Road. See a map at No event parking will be available at Ivy Tech or at the Lawrence Government Center.


If using an online mapping site, enter your destination as the intersection of East 56th Street and Post Road.


Participants may choose to walk in to the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience only from Glenn Road, and not through the main entrance to the park. Those narrow roads are reserved exclusively for the free shuttle buses.


Those who choose to walk in should park in the Maj. Gen. E.J. Bean Finance Center’s west parking lot, which is on Herbert Lord Road. From there, participants should follow the signs for 0.7 miles to the Glenn Road foot entrance. No shuttle service back to the west lot will be provided, and participants will not be permitted to walk out of the park’s main gate.


Information for those needing accessible vans is at


During the event, all participants will be transported to the roughly 50 free activities by the trolleys that are used at the State Fair.


Shuttle riders will be transported back to the south lot of the Bean Finance Center throughout the event.

Parking, entry and all activities at the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience are free. Participants can bring their own food or purchase food at reasonable prices from on-site vendors. All food vendors will offer credit card payment options.


The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

Online advance registration at is requested to assist the presenters and activity providers with staffing and planning. Watch for event updates there or at


Fort Harrison State Park ( is at 5753 Glenn Road, Indianapolis, 46216.

Photos available at:

via [DNR] Entering the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 20-21 – 9/19/2014 – State of Indiana.

Muncie Obedience Training Club is holding the 3rd annual “MOTC Tails & Trails” 5K Walk/Run

The Muncie Obedience Training Club is holding the 3rd annual “MOTC Tails & Trails” 5K Walk/Run and 1 Mile Walk for dogs and people at Summit Lake State Park on October 4, 2014.

For more information please go to :

Trail Running joins Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 20-21

Trail running will debut at the sixth annual Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 20-21.

The activity is one of about 50 to be offered free to all participants at Indianapolis’ Fort Harrison State Park that weekend.

Indiana Trail Running will lead the new activity. The organization plans to offer two or three guided half-mile trail runs each day at scheduled times to be announced later. Indiana Trail Running’s booth will feature other hands-on activities such as stretching for trail runners and will distribute informational handouts about the growing sport.


Activities scheduled for the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience include almost every outdoorsy pursuit, from archery and target shooting to mountain biking, fishing, paddling, and much more. Participants can bring their own food or purchase food at reasonable prices from on-site vendors.


An estimated 32,000 men, women or children participated in last year’s Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience. There’s plenty of room for more participants in the state park’s spacious 1,700 acres.

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The event is presented by the DNR and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. The goal is to introduce people to outdoor activities they may have never tried.

Online advance registration at is requested to assist the presenters and activity providers with staffing and planning. Watch for event updates there or at


If you already enjoy outdoor recreation and want to help others learn to enjoy it, sign up to volunteer at For questions about volunteering, contact volunteer coordinator Cheryl Hampton, (317) 233-1002,

via [DNR] Trail Running joins Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 20-21 – 8/28/2014 – State of Indiana.

Free beginner waterfowl hunting workshops in August, September

Two free waterfowl hunting workshops for beginners will be offered in August and September by the Department of Natural Resources.


The focus of the workshops is on hunting Canada geese, although there also will be some information presented on duck hunting, according to DNR waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps.

“We have found that lots of participants are most interested in goose hunting,” Phelps said. “Canada geese are definitely the easiest place to start hunting waterfowl, because they are abundant, they frequently use private land, and they are easy to identify.”


The workshops are:

— Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area, 8310 E. County Road 300 N., Mongo.

— Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the DNR Fish & Wildlife Field Office, 5596 E. State Road 46, Bloomington.


Similar material will be covered at each workshop, so there is no need to attend both. All ages are welcome.


Topics will include waterfowl hunting regulations, waterfowl identification, equipment and techniques, including a show-and-tell segment, and how to dress a harvested goose. Instructors also will focus on how to pursue geese and ducks with a minimum investment in gear.


Shotgun instruction and a clay shoot will be available at the Mongo event.

“We are happy to be able to offer shotgun instruction at the Pigeon River event for the first time at one of our waterfowl workshops,” Phelps said. “Instruction in shotgunning can reduce frustration for beginning bird hunters.”


Parents who already hunt waterfowl are welcome to bring children, but the material is tailored for beginners. Experienced waterfowl hunters are unlikely to learn much from the workshops.

DNR Law Enforcement and DNR Fish & Wildlife personnel will be in attendance to answer questions.

Lunch will be provided.


Workshops will occur at least partially outdoors and will take place rain or shine. Participants should bring a lawn chair and weather-appropriate clothing (a jacket or raincoat).


The workshops are free, but registration is required.


To register for the Mongo workshop, call (260) 367-2164.


To register for the Bloomington workshop, call (812) 334-1137 or email


For more information on either workshop, call Phelps at (812) 334-1137.

Register now for Indiana Dunes kids summer camps

Registration is now open for three summer camps at Indiana Dunes State Park for students aged 9 to 14.

The three-day camps offer an opportunity for students to explore the Dunes, its plants and animals, and humans’ connection to the land. Each camp will have its own theme, and each offers an overnight camping experience.

Registration is required and space is limited for each camp.

The Dunes Explorer Camp is July 15-18. The Wild Girls Camp is July 29-31. The Night at the Nature Center Camp is Aug. 12-14. Each camp takes place Tuesday through Thursday. Camp starts at 9 a.m. each day, and runs until 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. For all three camps, Wednesday will involve overnight camping.

Each camp costs $99, which includes food, activities, supplies, and a tee-shirt.

“The summer camp experience has become such an expensive activity,” interpreter Brad Bumgardner said. “The costs can be prohibitive for many families. We want to see these kids get outdoors and really explore and enjoy this great area that is so close to home.”

Prospective campers can pick up a camp flyer and registration form at the park office or Nature Center or e-mail for an electronic copy.

Funding for the summer camps comes from the Friends of Indiana Dunes State Park group. For more information, call (219) 926-1390.

Bloomington council overrides deer hunt plan veto

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Sharpshooters will be allowed to thin the deer heard at a Bloomington nature preserve after the City Council voted to override the mayor’s veto of the proposal.

The council voted 7-2 Wednesday night in favor of the ordinance, one more vote than needed to override the veto by Mayor Mark Kruzan (kroo-ZAN’). The plan allows the parks department to hire sharpshooters for hunting in the 1,200-acre Griffy Lake preserve on the city’s north side.

The Herald-Times reports ( ) some opponents call the planned cull “murder” and have questioned whether the preserve has too many deer. Supporters say research shows an overabundance of deer is causing ecosystem damage.

Councilman Chris Sturbaum said he doesn’t even like to kill mice, but he recognizes the need to protect the preserve.


Information from: The Herald Times,