FORT WAYNE – Allen County will be one of eight area counties that have been approved for a special anterless deer season, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The season begins Wednesday and will run for 12 days in counties with a bonus anterless quota of four or more. The purpose of the extra season is to focus the state’s deer management on counties with high deer densities.
Joining Allen County with a bonus anterless quota of eight are DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben. Whitley is the only area county with a bonus anterless quota of four, while the nearby counties excluded from the special season are Adams and Wells.
Hunters can use a bonus antlerless license, deer license bundle, lifetime comprehensive hunting license, lifetime comprehensive hunting/fishing license, or a resident youth hunt/trap license to participate, or they must meet license exemptions.
Deer harvested in this season count toward the bonus antlerless county quota bag limit.
$5,000 grant to help Salamonie habitats
Salamonie Lake will use a $5,000 grant from SportDOG to help restore habitats with the use of a compact track loader with tree mulcher. The machine will be used to increase hunting opportunities and wildlife diversity.
Some species that will benefit include the cottontail rabbit, bobwhite quail, American woodcock, eastern wild turkey, white-tailed deer, grassland-nesting waterfowl, Henslow’s sparrow, northern harrier and eastern box turtle.
The tree mulcher will also be used to eradicate invasive trees and shrubs such as black locust, bush honeysuckle and autumn olive.
SportDOG Brand manufactures gear for hunting dogs.
Luminary walk set for Chain O’Lakes
Chain O’Lakes State Park in Albion will host a New Year’s Day luminaria walk, for those wishing to experience winter’s beauty and the romantic glow of a candlit path.
The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the campground general store, is free. There will be hot cocoa.
New Year’s Day hike set for Salamonie
Also on New Year’s Day, there will be a hike at the Salamonie River State Forest, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Hominy Ridge Shelter. Pets will be welcome. Please register at 260-468-2127.
Outdoor-cabin show offers discounts
The fourth annual Fort Wayne Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show will be Jan. 25 to 27 at Memorial Coliseum.
The show is offering $3 off coupons at all Fort Wayne Gander Mountain and Dick’s Sporting Goods stores, as well as at Ehlerding Motorsports (offers cannot be used together).
The 2-for-1 deal available on SportsAndCabinShow.com, holds a value of $10 and also allows VIP access.
In addition, guests attending the Mizpah Shrine Circus Jan. 24 to 27 at the Coliseum can receive $2 off admission with a ticket stub. Tickets are $10 at the door and are valid throughout the entire weekend. Ages 16 and younger are free.