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Seminars for turkey hunting set

– With the spring turkey season imminent, three seminars on how to hunt wild turkey will be held in April.

Sessions 1 and 3 will take place at the Salamonie Interpretive Center from 6 to 9 p.m. April 9 and 15. The second session will be at the J.E. Roush Fish & Wildlife Area shooting range from 10 a.m. to noon April 13.

Participants are asked to attend all three sessions.

Classroom sessions will cover the history of wild turkey hunting in Indiana, introduction to basic gear, rules and regulations, when to shoot, and offer a taste of wild turkey meat. Outdoor class time will cover how to identify wild turkey signs, scout for and pick hunting spots, and how to set up blinds.

The session at the Roush shooting range covers safety, how to sight-in your gun, wrap-up and post test. There will be also be another opportunity to taste wild turkey and a chance to practice shooting.

Participants must be either new hunters or hunters older than 18 who are new to turkey hunting. All equipment will be provided. To register, call 317-234-8442 or email awuestefeld@dnr.IN.gov.

Seniors lunch set

The public is invited to the seniors lunch at noon Monday at Salamonie Interpretive Center that will include a program on the Huntington Community Garden.

Stan Bippus, founder of the community garden project, will explain how the garden operates.

Attendees should bring a dish to pass, their own table service and a $1 donation.

To register, call 260-468-2127.

Walleyes abundant at Sylvan, Winona

Even though the DNR stocked fewer walleyes in Sylvan and Winona lakes during the past three years, studies show that’s had no effect on the number of walleyes that survived.

That means fishermen will find plenty of walleyes to catch in these northeastern Indiana lakes.

From 2001 through 2009, DNR fisheries biologists stocked fingerling walleyes annually at the rate of 20 per acre at Sylvan in Noble County and Winona in Kosciusko County. That rate was cut to 15 per acre from 2010 through 2012. Survival rates one year later were generally greater at the lower stocking rate than at the higher one.

Last fall the stocking rate was cut again at both lakes to 10 fingerlings per acre. This rate has been successful in maintaining walleye fisheries at Crooked and Wall lakes in Steuben County and at Pretty Lake in LaGrange County.

Adult walleyes captured last fall measured up to 20 inches long at Sylvan, and up to 24 inches at Winona.

To be kept by anglers, a walleye must be at least 14 inches long.

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