Cross those hard-to-buy-for people off your shopping list by giving them a holiday gift pack from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The gift pack saves you up to $31 over buying the items individually.
The $99 gift pack includes a 2021 resident annual entrance permit, a one-year subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine and calendar, and one of two $65 gift card options. One gift card option can be used at the campgrounds. The other is a $65 state park inns gift card. You also have the option of upgrading either of those gift cards to $100 by paying $35 more. Various pack types are available.
Orders ship within three to five business days. Orders received by Dec. 6 will ship by Dec. 14. The offer is available through Dec. 31. Packs can be bought online only at shopINstateparks.com.
Indiana has 32 state parks and reservoirs. The entrance permit grants gate entrance for all of 2021 for all state park properties beginning Jan. 1.
The inns gift card can be used at any of seven state park lodging facilities, as well as at the award-winning Pete Dye-designed golf course at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. The card can also be used for lodging, meals in the dining rooms or gift purchases.
The camping gift card can be used toward the rental of cabins (excluding inns-operated cabins), campsites, cottages, group camps, recreation buildings, rent-a-camp cabins, shelters, youth and rally camps at all state park and reservoir properties.
The camping gift card may also be used to buy daily entrance, lake permits, horse tags, and any other items sold by park-operated gates, stores and gift shops.
Deer hunters may help track wasting disease
Hunters can help the DNR with chronic wasting disease surveillance efforts by submitting samples from harvested deer during the 2020-21 deer hunting season.
CWD is a neurologic disease that affects white-tailed deer. The fatal disease is transmitted directly through bodily fluids such as feces, saliva, blood or urine, or indirectly through environmental contamination of soil, plants, or water. CWD is found in free-ranging white-tailed deer in several Midwestern states close to Indiana, including Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. To date, CWD has not been detected in deer tested from Indiana.
During this weekend, biologists will operate sampling stations to collect lymph nodes from deer harvested within the CWD surveillance area. The surveillance area includes DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben counties. The locations of these sampling stations can be found at on.IN.gov/cwd.
Hunters who would like to have their deer sampled for CWD but do not wish to visit a property may submit samples directly to the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University for a fee. More information and submission forms are available at bit.ly/82JycdfL.