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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, August 06, 2017 1:00 am


Bowhunters in state asked to count wildlife

Journal Gazette

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is asking bowhunters to help count wildlife this fall.

Volunteers will receive a standard survey sheet to record hours hunted and counted sightings between October and late November.

The species to be recorded include badger, beaver, bobcat, bobwhite quail, coyote, deer, fox and gray squirrels, gray and red fox, grouse, domestic cat, muskrat, opossum, rabbit, raccoon, river otter, skunk and wild turkey.

“The data gathered from bow hunters helps biologists see trends over time in furbearer populations,” said Geriann Albers, furbearer biologist for the DNR Division of Fist & Wildlife. “Without volunteers, we couldn't capture this amount of data throughout the state within a small time frame.”

To volunteer, email or call 812-334-1137.

Bird, waterfowl seasons approved

The 2017 migratory bird and waterfowl seasons have been approved by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service with recommendations from the DNR.

The dates and bag limits for webless migratory game birds are: mourning doves (Sept. 1-Oct. 15; Nov. 1-12; Dec. 9-Jan.10; bag limit 15), sora rails (Sept. 1-Nov. 9, limit 25), American woodcock (Oct. 15-Nov. 28, limit three) and common snipe (Sept. 1-Dec. 16, limit eight).

Early teal (blue and green winged only) are Sept. 9-14 and regular waterfowl seasons in the north zone is Oct. 21-Dec. 10 and Dec. 23-31.

Daily bag limit for ducks is six, no more than four mallards. For Canada geese (Sept. 9-17, Oct. 21-Nov. 26, Dec. 16-Feb. 11 in north zone) the bag limit is five dark geese and 20 for light geese (snow, blue and/or Ross geese).

For more information and details, visit or contact Adam Phelps at the Division of Fish & Wildlife at 812-344-1137 or at

Riders Rendezvous at Salamonie

The 12th Annual Salamonie Riders Rendezvous is Sept. 15-17 at the Lost Bridge West Horseman's Campground. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 with cowboy coffee and Dutch oven cobblers; a tack flea market is 9-10:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and spend the rest of the day riding until cowboy stew at 5 p.m.

Advanced registration for the meal may be made calling 260-468-2127. Reserve the horse campsite at or 866-622-6746.