2009 Indiana DNR News

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Youth deer season, Sept. 26-27, now allows 16- and 17-year-olds

Youth deer season, Sept. 26-27, now allows 16- and 17-year-olds

Individuals allowed to participate in Indiana’s two-day youth deer season, Sept. 26-27, have been expanded to include 16- and 17-year-olds for the first time.

The special event, which is being held for the fourth consecutive year, provides youth licensed hunters (17 years old or younger) who are accompanied by an adult (18 years old or older) the opportunity to take one antlerless deer in addition to all other tags for the remaining deer seasons.

In the past, youth seasons were open only to hunters 15 years or younger. The new rule defining youth hunters as those 17 years old or younger was passed in July.

“The change in youth season age limit will provide more opportunity to younger hunters," said Chad Stewart, DNR deer biologist. "This season fosters the relationship between young hunters and experienced supervisors as they spend time in the field learning proper hunting ethics and procedures.”

Participants may use any legal equipment, including shotgun, rifle, muzzleloader, bow and arrow, or crossbow to harvest deer. Hunter orange must be worn, and the youth hunter must possess a legal license while hunting (either youth consolidated hunting license or apprentice license).

A youth consolidated license requires the youth to have passed the hunter education course; however, the new apprentice hunting license allows a hunter of any age the opportunity to purchase a license without taking hunter education. Individuals with an apprentice hunter license must hunt with a licensed hunter who is older than 18 years of age, and must stay in contact with the adult hunter at all times.

Indiana hunters are limited to three apprentice licenses during their lifetime. This allows time for young hunters to decide if they want to continue hunting when they get older. To do so, they must take a hunter education course.

Indiana youth hunters killed 1,219 antlerless deer during last year’s two-day event.

Put-and-take pheasant hunt

Put-and-take pheasant hunt registrations

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers put-and-take hunting for ring-necked pheasants, Nov. 21 - 29, at Atterbury, Glendale, Pigeon River (west of S.R. 3), Tri-County, Willow Slough and Winamac Fish and Wildlife Areas and Roush Lake.

The hunts are $15 per person. The bag limit is two birds. Hunters must have a valid hunting license to apply.

Hunters may reserve these pheasant hunts online from 12:01 a.m. EST, Sept. 1 through 11:59 p.m. EST, Nov. 28 at:


Hunters will be able to select the date, property and section of property for their hunt.

Reserved waterfowl draw hunt applications

Reserved waterfowl hunts are held at Goose Pond, Hovey Lake, Kingsbury, LaSalle, and Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Areas, and at Brookville and Monroe lakes. Hunters must have a valid hunting license and may apply online from 12:01 a.m. EDT, Sept. 1 through 11:59 p.m. EST, Sept. 30, at:


Hunters may choose up to five property and date combinations.

Reminder about waterfowl hunting at Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area

Work on a new water control structure at Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area will eliminate early waterfowl hunting on the property for 2009. Also, 10-Mile Road may be closed for as many as four months.

Waterfowl hunting reservations will not be available on Kankakee FWA for the 2009 season. When hunting becomes available, opportunities will be allocated through daily drawings.

Youth Free Hunting Days

Youth free hunting days are Sept. 5-6 and Nov. 28-29. Any resident age 17 or younger on the date of the hunt, and accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age, can take any legal game in season during these youth free hunting days. The youth hunter does not have to possess a hunting license, HIP number or any stamp but must comply with all other hunting regulations.

The accompanying adult must be in close enough proximity to monitor and communicate with the youth hunter at all times and may assist the youth hunter, including calling, but may not carry a firearm or bow and arrow. The accompanying adult must possess a valid hunting license, unless exempted from needing a license.

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September and November Events

Free Minerals Education Workshop

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DNR’s division of Reclamation invites educators to participate in a free Minerals Education Workshop.

Rose Hulman - November 5, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Farmersburg Mine and Lewis Mine – November 6, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This workshop is geared for K-8 teachers. It will provide information, ideas, and practical hands-on activities for geology, minerals, mining and reclamation.

Everyone will receive a teacher's manual (on CD) full of lessons and a teacher tote bag filled with supplies and materials to teach about mining and minerals in your classroom.

This workshop and tour qualify for continuing education credits toward Indiana teacher license renewals.

A $30 registration fee is required to reserve your seat for this fun-filled, informative workshop and coal mine tour. The fee is completely refunded after you have attended the entire workshop and tour. Space for this event is limited, so respond quickly.

If you have questions, contact Shasta Keller or Colleen Baughman, Division of Reclamation at (812) 665-2207, toll-free within Indiana at 1-800-772-6463.

There's never been an event like this in Indiana

Mix a little fly fishing with horseback riding. Toss in some kayaking and mountain biking. Try out an ATV or join an archaeological dig.

And don't forget archery, target shooting, backpacking and camping.

These are just some of the dozens of activities you can try at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, a free, family-oriented event Sept. 26-27 at Fort Harrison State Park.

The Experience is a large-scale event with something for everyone, whether you’re a newcomer seeking entry-level information or an experienced outdoor enthusiast looking to recharge your spirit and appreciation of the natural world.

And here’s perhaps the best part – parking and admission to the Experience and access to all activities, demonstrations and seminars are free to the public.

For more information and the opportunity to register, go to hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov. Be sure to bookmark the address so you can check back for updates.

September is Archaeology Month

Does archaeology really take place in Indiana? Are significant discoveries being made? To learn the answers to these questions, and more, you should consider participating in Indiana Archaeology Month this September.

DNR’s Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology organizes this state-wide celebration, and there are many interesting events to attend. To learn more, go to dnr.IN.gov/historic.

Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame names first class

The Natural Resources Foundation will honor the charter class of inductees into the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame. The Sept. 25 ceremony will be held at The Garrison at Fort Harrison State Park. Among the Hoosiers being honored are President Benjamin Harrison, Eli Lilly and Richard Lieber.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals, living or deceased, who have made extraordinary contributions to the conservation and preservation of natural, cultural and historical heritage.

More information on the inductees appears in the September-October issue of Outdoor Indiana magazine, available at most major bookstores. To obtain a subscription to the magazine, go to OutdoorIndiana.org.

Ticket prices begin at $60. For information, visit IndianaNRF.org or contact Bourke Patton at (317) 234-5447 or bpatton@dnr.in.gov.

Reserve a picnic shelter for a family Labor Day picnic

State parks and reservoirs are nearing capacity for camping and cabin reservations for Labor Day, but there are a few sites left. Call now to make your reservations at 1-866-6CAMPIN or visit camp.IN.gov.

If you can’t spare an entire weekend, take your friends or family on a picnic. There are plenty of shelters available for rent so you can ensure you have a great space to unpack the fried chicken and potato salad without a thought about the weather.

Smithsonian Museum Day at Indiana State Museum

Enjoy free general admission for you and a guest to the Indiana State Museum and hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. Present the Museum Day admission card to receive free general admission at participating Museum Day locations. The admission card is available in the September 2009 issue of Smithsonian magazine or on their website.

Turkey Run’s “On the road” rally adventure October 4-6

You are INNvited to join us on our next Road Rally Adventure at Turkey Run.

Your 2 day - 2 night adventure with us will take you through covered bridge country with its historic bridges and beautiful scenery.

Weather permitting, we hope to have a very special and unique dinner experience on our very own covered bridge.

Your adventure includes:


2 nights lodging at Turkey Run Inn *

2 days of scenic back roads driving *

3 dinners – 2 breakfasts *

Nightly entertainment *

Awards ceremony and banquet

Please visit our Road Rally page for more information.

September family fun – all across the state

September is a great time to get outdoors and the month features a wide variety of special events in state parks and reservoirs. For a complete list, visit interpretiveservices.IN.gov.

Here’s a few highlights:

* Brookville Lake and Whitewater Memorial State Park Labor Day Weekend Fun These properties between Brookville and Liberty, IN will host two live rock concerts, many games and a corn hole tournament during the weekend. For more information call (765) 647-2657.

* Whitewater Memorial State Park Veterans Memorial Dedication Sept. 10, 6 p.m. at the beach. For more information call (765) 647-2657.

* Raccoon Lake’s Introduction to Archery & Traditional Archery Shoot Sept. 12, Intro at 10 a.m. Traditional (Long & Recurve Bows Only, No Compound) Archery Shoot at 1 p.m. Learn the basics of archery in the morning and then compete against your peers in the afternoon. Bows will be provided for the intro course but you must provide your own bow for the competition.

* Indiana Dunes History Comes Alive Weekend Sept. 12-13. Visit with early French fur traders on the Dunes State Park beach and enjoy special history programs and hikes. Native American re-enactors will be at the Nature Center on Saturday as well.

* Salamonie Senior Fall Fest Sept. 14-17. Register now to enjoy meeting new friends and learning about outdoor activities such as fly-fishing, cider making, crafts, carving and outdoor cooking. $2 program fee per person and $5 property entry fee per vehicle, campsite reservations through 1-866-6campIN. Call (260) 468-2127 or visit dnr.IN.gov/uwis for more details.

* Salamonie Rider's Rendezvous Sept. 18-20. Camp in the horsemen's campground in Salamonie's Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area for informational sessions on mules, campfire gatherings and riding together on Salamonie's trails. $2 program fee per person and $5 property entry fee per vehicle, campsite reservations through 1-866-6campIN. Call (260) 468-2127 or visit dnr.IN.gov/uwis for more details.

* McCormick’s Creek BBQ and Blues Day Sept. 19. Event features live blues bands and barbecue by Smokin’ Jacks. Enjoy music and good food at the park with your friends and family from 4 – 8 p.m.

* Roush Lake Fun Shoot Sept. 19th at Roush Lake Shooting Range. Please register in advance at the main office or at the shooting range. For more information, call (260) 468-2165.

* Pokagon Sea Plane Splash In Sept. 20. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., sea planes will be arriving from throughout the midwest, landing on Lake James, and rolling up onto the beach and front lawn of the Potawatomi Inn. It is a casual day for visitors to stop by, view planes, visit with pilots, and sign up to win a free ride. For more information, visit seaplanepilots.org/inspa. For more information, call (260) 833-2012.

* Annual Pokagon Autumn Harvest Hoedown Sept. 26. Gather at the South Beach parking lot for some music, square dancing, campfire, and all around great time. The music will be supplied by Prairie Fire String Band. A square dance caller will lead us in the steps. No experience necessary. Local Boy Scout Troop 125 will be selling hotdogs, candy, pop and cocoa. Great family fun! For more information, call (260) 833-2012.

* Mississinewa Lake Autumn Camping Weekend Sept. 26. enjoy "On the Indiana Farm" events. $2 program fee per person and $5 property entry fee per vehicle. Campsites are filled, but you can still join the trick-or-treating and other fun for the day. Call (260) 468-2127 or visit dnr.IN.gov/uwis for more details.

* Mississinewa Lake Autumn Camping Weekend 2 Oct. 2-4. Register now to enjoy camping fellowship, lawn games, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. $1 program fee. Call (260) 468-2127 or visit dnr.IN.gov/uwis for more details.

* Run, Swim and Cycle in the “Mighty Mississinewa” Space is still available for participants in the fourth annual Mighty Mississinewa Triathlon, which kicks off on Sept. 12, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. at the beach in the Miami State Recreation Area. For additional information and registration details visit dnr.IN.gov/uwis/triathlon. Funds generated at this event support future land acquisition at Mississinewa Lake.

Get natural with the DNR at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 7-23, 2009

Visitors to the Natural Resources Building and area can have fun viewing and learning about everything from snakes to fish to butterflies.

All DNR activities at the fair are free after paying gate admission to the fair.

An old DNR favorite, the snake show ?Snakes Alive!? returns. Interpretive naturalists from state properties all over Indiana will talk about snakes Hoosiers might find in their own backyards. The show takes place every day at 10 a.m. at the 150-seat DNR amphitheater, next to the Natural Resources Building.

The ever-popular 312,000-gallon Fishin' Pond returns for a fourth year, packed with fish ready to be caught, then released. It's open every day from 4 to 7 p.m., located next to the Natural Resources Building. Youth fishing is also available from 9 a.m. to noon every day except Aug. 7-8 and 17-21. Parents should register their children between the ages of 5 and 17 when they enter the fair to reserve a time to fish later in the day.

Fair goers can learn about every division of the DNR inside the Natural Resources Building, where they can pick up free copies of the latest Recreation, Fishing or Hunting guides and other DNR publications, subscribe to Outdoor Indiana magazine, ask questions of DNR experts, or just take an air-conditioning break.

Inaugural Hoosier Heritage Day at State Fair, Aug. 13

Fair goers can meet re-enactors portraying President Abraham Lincoln, Madame C.J. Walker, and Raggedy Anne. After talking with the re-enactors, attendees can play a history trivia game, try on an Indiana Supreme Court Judge?s robe, and put together a State House puzzle.

The day marks the first time an entire day at the State Fair has been devoted to Indiana history.

For a lineup of the day?s events, go to dnr.IN.gov/historic and click on the Hoosier Heritage Day logo. Tour the Fairgrounds

Experience the roots of the 117-year old Indiana State Fairgrounds during an architectural trolley tour. Each guided tour focuses on the architecture and history of the fair. You?ll learn about some historical mysteries at the fair, too.

A whole village of buildings used to serve DNR?s needs at the fair, but then, one year, they vanished. Where did they go? A famous auto race, created for and by African-American drivers, was held at the fair. When was it? These questions and more will be answered on the tour. Also, enjoy trivia questions about tomatoes; this is the Year of Tomatoes at the fair.

artifacts1Have an artifact you're curious about?

Bring your artifact (no fossils please) to the archaeology roadshow on Sunday, August 16, from 1-3 p.m., and DNR staff will help provide you with information on the item, its age, etc. State Archaeologist Dr. Rick Jones and Amy Johnson, Archaeology Outreach Coordinator, will be available in the Amphitheater behind the DNR building to identify historic and prehistoric artifacts.

In addition, a variety of free archaeological handouts will be available to those who stop in. This event provides a preview of the types of activities that will be available around the state in September, which is Indiana Archaeology Month.

Outdoor Recreation enthusiasts we want to hear from you

Stop by Outdoor Recreation's new tabletop display and take a survey for the next Indiana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The survey will help DNR better understand what, where, how, and why Hoosiers participate in Outdoor Recreation, and gather information about your recreation preferences.

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