Indiana Hunting News

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

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

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)

City of Bloomington cancels winter deer cull

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation department has cancelled this winter’s deer cull at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

According to a release, the department was advised to cancel the cull by White Buffalo, Inc., a professional deer herd management contractor.

The cancellation was due to the deer not eating from baited sites due to this year’s acorn crop, mild winter weather and other available food sources.

“Conditions are not optimal for us to effectively reach our goal of removing deer from the nature preserve to protect the plant life there,” Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Administrator Mick Renneisen said in the release.

The Special Use Deer Permit given to the City by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources expires on Feb. 28. Renneisen said in the release that the Parks and Recreation Department will continue to monitor plant sizes and species and the influence of deer browse at the nature preserve.

via Indiana Daily Student: :: City cancels winter deer cull.

Indiana House Committee Postpones the Vote On High-Fenced Deer Hunting

Advocates for high-fenced deer hunting preserves asked lawmakers on a House committee Monday to finally end the debate over their existence in a battle that goes back a decade.

Legislation to legalize and regulate high-fenced deer hunting preserves has failed in past sessions.

But Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, the bill’s author, is more hopeful for success after a summer study committee recommended its passage.

Groups such as the Humane Society and the Hoosier Environmental Council say they’re concerned about a link between the preserves and the spread of chronic wasting disease.

But Shawn Taylor, who owns one of the preserves, says there are significant safeguards in place.

“We’re testing 100 percent of them. We’re more or less a research facility for the state of Indiana,” Taylor says.

And groups including the Indiana Deer Hunters Association are opposed, citing ethical concerns about hunting animals bred solely to be hunted in the preserves.

Jack Corpuz, speaking to lawmakers, describes himself as the average Indiana hunter.

“The idea of canned hunting is pretty much repulsive to the average hunter,” he says.

The House committee opted not to vote on the measure this week.

via House Committee Postpones Vote On High-Fenced Deer Hunting | News – Indiana Public Media.

Suspect arrested for many tree stand thefts

Indiana Conservation Officers arrested Edward B. Jones, 44, West Harrison, Jan. 13 for the theft of tree stands, among several hunting and probation violations.

Jones was incarcerated at the Dearborn County Jail, Lawrenceburg, on these charges: theft, a Class A misdemeanor; failure to procure a hunting license, hunting with an illegal device and hunting without consent of the landowner, Class C misdemeanors, said Officer Joshua Thomas of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.

Officers are still investigating thefts of multiple tree stands in Dearborn County that were recovered as a result of a search warrant that was executed at Jones’ residence Dec. 8, 2014. Also recovered were one ground blind; and two Remington .308-caliber rifles, which were in violation of Jones’ probation.

Six of the 13 stolen tree stands have been appropriately identified and returned to their respective owners and subsequent charges have been filed. Every recovered tree stand so far was taken within a half mile of Jones’ residence, particularly near Jamison Creek Road and Davison Road. Tree stand types include ladder, lock-on and climbing. No double or “buddy” stands were recovered.

Officers still need help in identifying the remaining seven stands. District 9 officers encourage citizens to contact Officer Andrew Cline at acline@dnr.in.gov if they have had a tree stand stolen in that area.

Thomas added, “Indiana Conservation Officers highly encourage you to document all tree stands and any other gear of value in the following ways: Create a unique number and stamp it somewhere on a permanent part of the item along with your name, address and a phone number; photograph the item and place it in a safe location; document the brand name and the price paid for the item.

Citizens are also urged to contact 800-TIPIDNR or ICO Central Dispatch at 812-873-9536 to report any violations or suspicious activity.

via Suspect arrested for many tree stand thefts – The Herald-Tribune: Local News.

Now thriving otters could be trapped in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Efforts to restore Indiana’s river otter population have been so successful over the last two decades that state wildlife officials say they need to cull the population.

The Natural Resources Commission will hold a hearing Thursday in Plainfield on a proposal that would create a river otter trapping season for as early as next year, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Unregulated trapping for the fur trade and a loss of habitat wiped out so many otters that they were listed as a protected species in 1921. By 1942, otters had disappeared from the state, as they had from much of the country.

The Department of Natural Resources began releasing otters back into the state in 1995. Over five years, more than 300 otters from Louisiana were released at 12 Indiana sites, and by 2005, the otter had been removed from Indiana’s endangered species list. The animals now are found in 80 percent of the state’s counties, said Linnea Petercheff, a spokeswoman with the DNR’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The state agency’s proposal would limit trappers to two otters a year and require them to report their kills to wildlife officials within a day. DNR officials also would set a statewide quota for otters and monitor the otter population’s size.

Petercheff said many otters have been moving from river bottoms and swamps to backyard ponds and commercial fish hatcheries.

In 2013, DNR officials received 86 complaints about otters eating fish from private fishing ponds and hatcheries, a 25 percent increase from the year before, Petercheff said.

Some activists aren’t happy with the proposal, which would open an annual otter trapping season next year that would run from Nov. 15 to March 15.

“We thought introducing them was a good idea,” said Joel Kerr, executive director of the Indiana Animal Rights Alliance. “Now it’s not, so we’re going to kill a bunch of them. That’s the way people think, and it’s wrong.”

Fred Philips, president of the Indiana State Trappers Association, said trappers support regulations that allow them to play the part of large predators that are no longer a part of Indiana’s landscape.

“Unless we want to bring back wolves and bears and let nature literally take care of itself – in which case there’s going to be high highs, and then disease comes in and then you get low lows – there’s just no other way to deal with the species effectively without trapping,” he said.

via Now thriving otters could be trapped in Indiana.

Indiana shooter loses fingers when rifle explodes

Indiana conservation officers say a shooter inadvertently turned a rifle into a grenade when it was loaded with the wrong kind of gunpowder.

On Monday, Department of Natural Resources officers posted a photo on Facebook showing a black muzzle-loading rifle that had been blasted to pieces.

“This is what can happen when you shoot smokeless powder out of a muzzleloader designed for black powder,” the post read.

The caption on the photo said the Martin County would-be shooter lost a couple of fingers in the accident.It’s currently legal to use muzzleloader firearms to hunt deer in Indiana.

Modern muzzleloading rifles are similar to muskets and long-rifles that were used before the advent of modern bullets. With these guns, black powder and the projectile are packed into a rifle barrel using a ramrod.

As this unfortunate shooter learned, using more potent modern smokeless powder in a gun designed for black powder can have disastrous consequences.

via Indiana shooter loses fingers when rifle explodes.

Man Arrested For Theft Of Tree Stand And Multiple Hunting Violations

(DEARBORN CO.) – Indiana Conservation Officers arrested one suspect Monday morning for the theft of a tree stand and several hunting violations and probation violations.

44-year-old Edward B. Jones of West Harrison was arrested and incarcerated at the Dearborn County Jail on the following charges: Theft, A Misdemeanor, Failure to Procure a Hunting License, C Misdemeanor, Hunting with an Illegal Device, C Misdemeanor and Hunting Without Consent of the landowner, C Misdemeanor.

At approximately 9 a.m. on December 8th, Indiana Conservation Officers in District 9 obtained a search warrant for Jones’ Residence, in which thirteen ladder, lock on and climbing tree stands and one ground blind were recovered.

Also recovered were two Remington .308 caliber rifles that were in violation of Jones’ probation.

District 9 Officers encourage you to contact Officer Andrew Cline at acline@dnr.in.gov if you have had a tree stand stolen in the area of Davison or State Line Road.

Indiana Conservation Officers highly encourage you to document all tree stands and any other gear of value in the following ways: Create a unique number and stamp it somewhere on a permanent part of the item along with your name, address and a phone number; Photograph the item and place it in a safe location; Document the brand name and the price paid for the item.

Citizens are also encouraged to contact 1-800-TIPIDNR or ICO Central Dispatch at 812-873-9536 to report any violations or suspicious activity.

via Man Arrested For Theft Of Tree Stand And Multiple Hunting Violations – WBIW.com / State.

Conservation Officers Seeking Information On Turkey Poaching

(HENRY CO.) – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the poaching of a turkey that occurred on the Wilbur Wright Fish and Wildlife Area property Sunday morning.

At approximately 9:50 a.m. a turkey was shot in the southwest portion of Wilbur Wright FWA. It was shot with a small caliber bullet, most likely from a .22 rifle.

The turkey was then left there to go to waste.

Conservation Officers are seeking any information that could help us to identify the shooter.

The DNR is working very diligently to establish a healthy wild turkey population in this area of the state. Incidents like this greatly set back the efforts being made, and rob the public of a valuable natural resource.

Officers are asking anyone who may have information to contact the dispatch center at (812) 837-9536

via Conservation Officers Seeking Information On Turkey Poaching – WBIW.com / State.