July 29—The DNR Natural Resources Building is the place to be during the Indiana State Fair. The fair takes place from July 29 to August 21, except Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Natural Resources Building is located in the northwest area of the fairgrounds. The DNR building is not only one of the few with air conditioning, but it is also home to the best information, wildlife and fun. You can also stop by the nearby Fishin’ Pond, where kids ages 5-17 can fish for free.
Check out the birds of prey live every day at 4:30 pm in the amphitheater. While you cool off inside the DNR building, get the latest Recreation Guide, Fishing Guide, and Hunting Guide, along with guides for boating, ATVs, and more.
Indiana squirrel season begins August 15 and ends January 31, 2023. A small game license is required to hunt squirrels in Indiana, and the bag limit is five foxes or gray squirrels per day (total for both species) with a possession limit of 10. Squirrel hunting is an early opportunity to get out into the woods.
Get ready and buy your hunting license now. Details and instructions are online at: https://www.in.gov/dnr/fish-and-wildlife/indiana-fish-and-wildlife-online-license-system/.
Patoka Lake Waterfowl Rest Area Hunting Dates
Wildlife management staff at Lake Patoka have selected the waterfowl staging area access dates for the 2022-23 migratory waterfowl hunting seasons. Lake Patoka’s 8,800-acre body of water and 17,200 acres of land offer waterfowl hunters abundant hunting opportunities in open water, tributaries, marshes, and fields for various migratory waterfowl. Its three managed Waterfowl Rest Areas (WRAs) offer distinctive opportunities for hunters.
As in previous years, the Sycamore Creek WRA will be closed to waterfowl hunting from November 1 through February 28, 2023. Also in the Sycamore Creek WRA, there will be no legal access to hunt, fish, trap or boat ( motorized or not). -motorized) from November 1 through February 28, 2023. The intent of the public access restriction is to allow the Sycamore Creek WRA to act as a temporary wildlife refuge for waterfowl, offering them a location of little disturbance.
Wall’s Ramp WRA and Allen Creek WRA will be open for hunting (including waterfowl hunting), fishing, trapping, and boating (motorized or non-motorized) on the following specified days, November 1 through February 28, 2023.
All hunters must register at one of Patoka’s 19 hunter registration stations. Failure to register properly, carry a one-day hunter registration card while hunting, fail to record all game taken on the card, and return the card after hunting (even if you do not harvest any game) may result in a fine. Hunters should be sure to return the card to the same hunter registration station where they registered. The system provides biologists with valuable information on wildlife management.
Special federal, state, and property regulations must be followed. Visit Hunting.IN.gov for more details. Contact DNR law enforcement at 812-837-9536 if you have questions about the regulations. WRA maps can be picked up at the Patoka Lake main office.
Hunters can find additional information by visiting the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Regulations at on.IN.gov/gamebird-seasons, or by calling Patoka Lake at 812-685-2464 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. pm and asking for property wildlife specialist. Patoka Lake ( on.IN.gov/patokalake ) is at 3084 N. Dillard Road, Birdseye, Indiana 47513.
Body recovered in the Ohio River
The body recovered from the Ohio River on July 19 has been identified as Nelson William Lang, 61, of Cincinnati.
Indiana conservation officials are investigating Lang’s death after it was recovered from the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg.
On July 19 at 10:38 am, conservation officers responded to the Ohio River near the River Watch restaurant in Lawrenceburg for a man who dove underwater and never resurfaced.
Witnesses observed the victim struggling and attempted to throw floating objects at him before he sank into the water.
Emergency personnel responded and quickly launched a search. At approximately 4 pm, ICO Public Safety Divers recovered the victim approximately 40 yards from shore in 17 feet of water. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
Assisting agencies include Indiana Conservation Officers, Dearborn County Water Rescue, Lawrenceburg Police Department, Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Dearborn County Coroner’s Office, Lawrenceburg Fire and EMS Department, Department of Greendale Fire Department, Aurora Fire Department, Indiana State Police, and Hamilton County Police Association Dive Team.
Lake Monroe Floral Picnics
Do you want to work on your flora identification skills? Practice with a naturalist! The emphasis of the field day is on the proper use and application of an identification key, which opens the door to the identification of thousands of species. The naturalist will work with each assistant based on their prior experience. If you’ve never worked with flower identification before, this is a great way to learn. If you have previous experience, this is a fun way to practice your skills (and maybe add some new flowers to your life list!). The programs are free and recommended for ages 12 and up, 2 hours.
Tuesday, August 2, 9:30 am at Moores Creek SRA: Register at bit.ly/florafield-aug2022 before July 31.
Tuesday, September 6, 9:30am at Tailwater (below the dam): Register at bit.ly/florafield-sep2022 by September 4.
Tuesday, October 4, 9:30 am at the Paynetown SRA: Register at bit.ly/florafield-oct2022 by October 2.
Until next time,
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