FORT WAYNE – Youth wild turkey hunting season comes to Indiana on April 20 and 21, and hunters 18 or younger can apply for a reservation at 21 Department of Natural Resources sites.
Hunters must be younger than 18 on the day of the hunt, and the number of hunters allowed each property will be limited. Registration must be made in person of by phone with the property the hunter wishes to hunt.
Hunters should register between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. between March 18-22 or March 25-28. Applicants must have a 2013 Youth Consolidated Hunting and Trapping license, a 2013 Non-Resident Youth Spring Turkey License with a game bird habitat stamp privilege, or Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting License.
Apprentice hunting licenses of the types named above also may be used. At properties where the number of registered hunters exceeds the spots available, a drawing will held April 1.
The reserved hunts are at Atterbury, Crosley, Deer Creek, Glendale, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Sugar Ridge, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, J.E. Roush, Tri-County, Minnehaha, Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand, Chinook, Winamac and Willow Slough.
Hunts will also take place at Salamonie and Mississinewa lakes.
To purchase a Youth Consolidated or Turkey license go to dnr.IN.gov/fishwild.
DNR recognizes Roush employee
Jeff Reed, property manager of Roush Fish & Wildlife Area in Huntington, received an Award of Excellence from the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.
Reed was honored for developing Little Turtle Campground, a five-site facility, and for his work as a mentor to other DNR employees.
Also honored with Awards of Excellence were Sandra Clark-Kolaks (south region fisheries research biologist); Roger D. Hunter (clerical assistant at the division’s office in Mitchell); Julie Kempf (grant coordinator in the division’s central office in Indianapolis); and Greg Rainford and Sam Molter (field technicians at Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area in Morocco).
Two state lakes on ‘crappie’ best list
A pair of Indiana lakes made Fishound.com’s list of 50 Best Crappie Lakes.
Patoka Lake made the list at No. 15 and Mississinewa Lake at No. 47.
The list was compiled after consulting industry experts including outdoor writers, professional crappie anglers, companies such as Blakemore and Southern Pro and organizations such as Crappie USA, Crappie Masters and Crappie Nation.