The Journal Gazette
Sunday, January 03, 2021 1:00 am


DNR taking turkey hunt applications

Journal Gazette

The DNR is accepting applications for reserved spring turkey hunts from Monday through Feb. 22.

Hunters can apply online for a reserved turkey hunt by visiting To apply, click on the “Apply for a reserved hunt” link and have your Customer ID handy.

No late entries will be accepted. The online method is the only way to apply. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the species they wish to hunt in order to apply. A valid spring turkey hunting license and gamebird habitat stamp privilege, comprehensive lifetime hunting license, comprehensive lifetime hunting and fishing license, or resident youth hunt/trap combo license is required to hunt or call in wild turkeys in the spring season.

The application process is consolidated into the online services website ( along with licenses, CheckIN Game, and HIP registration. You do not need to have an online account to apply, so there is no need to log in. Even though there is no fee to apply, you must still add the registration to the cart, “Proceed to Checkout”, and “Place Order.” Applicants must place an order to complete the application process.

Draw results will be available within two weeks of the application closing. For draw results, visit and click the “View hunt draw results” link. Another way to check to see if you were drawn is to log in to, where you can see the full history of your past hunt registrations. A third way to tell if you were drawn is from an email that will be sent to applicants when results are available.

In northeast Indiana, applications will be accepted for J.E. Roush Lake. If you are drawn, you may bring one non-hunting partner to your hunt at an FWA. Reserved turkey draws will be held on April 21-23, 24-25, and 26-28, April 29-May 1, and May 2-4, 5-7, and 8-9.

Salamonie Lake is holding draws for the following dates: April 21-23, 24-26, 27-29, April 30-May 2, and May 3-5 and 6-9.

Wisconsin provides Chinook salmon eggs

The Indiana DNR recently received 168,000 Chinook salmon eggs thanks to a partnership with the Wisconsin DNR.

Chinook salmon are highly prized by anglers, and the species makes up a significant portion of the fish stocked into Indiana's Lake Michigan waters. Indiana does not have the infrastructure to spawn Chinook salmon, so the DNR relies on partners in other states for eggs.

Kept at Mixsawbah State Fish Hatchery, the Chinook eggs will be hatched and raised until spring 2021, when fingerlings will be stocked.

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