FORT WAYNE – The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue University are offering a workshop in Fort Wayne for landowners interested in managing their properties for wildlife.
Wildlife Management for the Private Landowner is an eight-week course beginning Sept. 18 and ending Nov. 6 at IPFW.
It’s designed to provide landowners an introduction to wildlife ecology, a history of Indiana ecosystems, wildlife identification, wildlife biology, habitat management planning and techniques, and how to access information and assistance with wildlife management goals.
Topics will include the biology and management of deer, wild turkey, pheasants, quail, rabbits and doves.
Other topics will provide information on how to restore and manage Indiana ecosystems, including forests, grasslands and wetlands.
The workshop will be from 6 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday at IPFW, plus two Saturday field days to demonstrate techniques discussed in the classroom.
The forest management field day is Oct. 13 and the grassland/wetland field day is Oct. 27.
The cost is $100 per person and includes resource materials, publications geared to course topics and snacks and drinks during each session.
For more information, or to register, contact Rob Chapman, extension wildlife specialist with Purdue University, at 812-662-4999 or RNCHAPMAN@purdue.edu.
Multiseason deer license available
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife will provide a deer license that will be permissible for multiple seasons.
The license can be used for youth, archery, firearms, muzzleloader and special antlerless seasons, and allows for the harvest of one antlered and two antlerless deer.
The cost is $65 for residents, $295 for nonresidents, and $65 for nonresident youth.
There are limitations, however. The bundled license cannot be used to satisfy urban deer zone bag limits, nor to take bonus anterless deer on a DNR property during the special antlerless deer season.
Trappers program set for Salamonie
A free trappers education course is scheduled for Oct. 6 and 7 at the Salamonie Interpretive Center.
The program begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 6, with education on trapping issues, ethics and regulations.
Participants will not need a trapping license to attend. Entrance fees will be waived for all participants.
Everyone is encouraged to register by Sept. 30 by calling Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 260-468-2127.
Participants are asked to bring waterproof boots or hip waders. Free camping on Friday and Saturday nights is available at Lost Bridge Youth Campground, near the interpretive center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, west of Indiana 105 in western Huntington County.
Salamonie planning Senior Fall Fest
People 50 and older may participate in the Salamonie Lake Senior Fall Fest on Sept. 10-12 at the Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area.
Participants should call the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 260-468-2127 to register.