Indiana Hunting News

NRA Shooter at Muzzle Loading Championships

Friendship, Indiana - Yesterday on the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association’s skeet field, we were lucky enough to run into none other than NRA’s Indiana Field Representative John Crone.

Indiana DNR to Monitor Bass Tournaments on 10 Lakes

The DNR will monitor bass fishing tournaments at 10 northern Indiana natural lakes this spring and summer as part of a two-year study of the effect of current fishing regulations on bass populations and fishing success.

Biologists with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife will count and measure bass brought to weigh-ins by tournament anglers. Monitoring the tournaments provides information on bass abundance, size and health, as well as data on angler participation levels and bass catch rates. The information is used to track long-term changes in bass populations.

Indiana CheckIN Game System in Place for Turkey Season

Hunters during the spring and youth turkey season now have the option of reporting their harvest information using a free online system through the Department of Natural Resources called CheckIN Game.

Hunters can report their turkey harvest through a computer, tablet or wide variety of smart phones and handheld devices without having to take the turkey to a designated check station for physical inspection.

However, hunters will still have the option of taking their turkey to a designated check station.

Early Spring Presents Turkey Hunting Challenges in Indiana

As Indiana’s spring turkey season approaches, DNR wildlife research biologist Steve Backs said hunters should plan to work a little harder this year.

Spring turkey season begins with the youth season April 21-22. The regular spring turkey season is April 25 through May 13.

Backs is forecasting a spring turkey harvest of 11,000, plus or minus 1,000. His prediction is about 6 percent less than the 11,669 birds harvested in 2011, and 20 percent less than the 2010 spring harvest, when hunters bagged a record 13,742 turkeys.

It's That Time Again: What to Do if You Find a Baby or Injured Animal

“Rescuing” an injured or apparently abandoned baby wild animal may do the opposite of what you seek to accomplish, and break the law.

This time of year, thousands of animals are born in the wild. With the spread of suburban areas into their natural habitats, young animals are increasingly born near humans, who are more apt to discover them without an adult animal nearby. When this happens, a few reminders are especially pertinent.

While some baby animals may be orphaned or abandoned, that’s not always true.

Indiana's Deer Harvest Down in 2011, but Still 4th Best

Indiana deer hunters bagged fewer deer during the 2011 season than the year before, but the 129,018 total was still the fourth-best season on record, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The total represented a 3.7 percent drop from the all-time record harvest of 134,004 in 2010. In the 60-year history of the state’s modern deer hunting era, hunters have bagged almost 2.99 million deer.

Wabash Valley, Indiana Men Face 28 Wildlife Violations

Indiana Conservation Officers served arrest warrants Thursday on James L. Jacob, 37, of Brazil, and Ronald Hayne, 62, of Terre Haute for multiple alleged violations of wildlife laws following a 12-month investigation.

Conservation Officers allege that Jacob committed one Class D felony, five Class B misdemeanors, and 14 Class C misdemeanors, and that Hayne committed eight Class C misdemeanors.

Indiana DNR Reward Fund Started for Whooping Crane Case

Indiana’s Turn In a Poacher program has established a special reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killing of a federally endangered whooping crane found dead last weekend in Jackson County.

TIP launched the Whooping Crane Fund with a $2,500 commitment, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately matched it with a $2,500 donation. The Humane Society of the United States and its Humane Society Wildlife Trust Fund also added $2,500.

Firearms Industry Matches ATF Reward in Indiana Firearms Theft

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms industry -- announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the theft of firearms from Deb’s Gun Range, 6819 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond, Ind. The burglary occurred at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. This reward offer matches a reward offering by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) of up to $5,000.

Indiana Park Hunts Make Inroads on Habitat Recovery

Controlled deer hunts at state park properties are achieving the intended result of habitat recovery, but analysis of information collected this year indicates deer numbers remain above desired levels at many locations.

Volunteer hunters harvested 1,546 deer during four days of controlled hunts at 21 state parks in November. That’s only the 10th highest total in 18 years of state park hunts, but resource biologists say harvest numbers alone have limited value in determining success.