ABOUT FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT IN INDIANA
Fish and wildlife management and public access are funded by fishing and hunting license revenue and also through the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These programs collect excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment, and motorboat fuels. The money is distributed among state fish and wildlife agencies based on land size and the number of licensed anglers and hunters in each state. Find out more information about fish and wildlife management in Indiana at: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild.
DEER HUNTING REGULATION SUMMARY 2010
Archery season starts Oct. 1 and runs through Nov. 28
New changes allow archery equipment and firearms to be loaded, or capable of being fired, before and after lawful shooting hours.
New changes allow legal archery equipment and a firearm to be possessed during the firearms season, as long as the person possesses both archery and a firearms license.
New changes also allow legal archery equipment and a muzzleloader to be possessed during the muzzleloader season, as long as the person possesses both archery and a muzzleloader license.
Crossbows can be used only in the late archery season (Dec. 4, 2010–Jan. 2, 2011), unless the hunter has a special disability permit
URBAN DEER ZONES
New changes allow archery, extra archery, or bonus antlerless licenses to be used to hunt deer in an urban deer zone.
The city of Warsaw is now an urban deer zone in Kosciusko County.
A hunter can take 4 antlerless deer (1 per license) or 3 antlerless deer and 1 antlered deer (1 per license) in an urban deer zone; these limits are in addition to the bonus county quotas and other season bag limits.
GET READY FOR FALL EVENTS IN UPPER WABASH AREA
Upper Wabash Interpretive Services offers two autumn camping weekends at Mississinewa Reservoir, Oct. 1-3 and 9-10. The related special events are open to day visitors, too. The first weekend offers mock medieval battles, a Swamp Stomp obstacle course through the Land of Far, Far Away, crafts, hands-on percussion music for the kids, pellet rifle shooting, canoeing, lumberjack and pioneer activities, and more. Program fee is $2 per person.
The second weekend offers a movie, family games and a pumpkin decorating contest. Program fee is $1 per person.
Both weekends feature a fully decorated campground, trick-or-treating, a band, and kettle popcorn. Campsites are fully reserved at Missisinewa, but Salamonie Reservoir, only 30 minutes away, has campsites available. Visit www.in.gov/dnr/uwis for more information.
Salamonie features a fall camping event of its own Oct.15 -17. Hayrides, a hot dog roast, s’mores, a campsite decorating contest and trick-or-treating will be offered.
Wrap up the month of October at Ouabache State Park‘s fall festival, Oct. 29 and 30.
Visit the campfire story, learn about owls, make suet for birds, learn about bats, enter the decorated pumpkin contest, trick-or-treat, join the pot luck dinner, take a hayride, and play games. Register by calling (260) 468-2127 or (260) 824-0926.
The standard entrance fee ($5/in-state-plated car; $7/car for out-of-state license plates) will be in effect when the gatehouses are open.