The Journal Gazette
Sunday, May 23, 2021 1:00 am


Recruit event set for DNR officers

Journal Gazette

Anyone interested in becoming an Indiana conservation officer is encouraged to attend a recruiting event that DNR Law Enforcement's District 2 will host at 9 a.m. June 5 at the Stanley Schoolhouse inside Chain O' Lakes State Park.

District 2 includes Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties.

The event will cover critical portions of the Indiana conservation officer hiring process, including duties of a conservation officer, preparation for the written exam, preparation for core values training and physical agility testing requirements.

Participation in the recruiting event does not guarantee a position.

To see the qualifications to become an Indiana conservation officer and to complete the pre-screen exam, go to and click become a conservation officer.

Questions regarding the District 2 recruiting events should be directed to Sgt. Patrick Heidenreich at 260-226-0423.

Canada geese bag limits increased

Hunters can now take more Canada geese as a result of a recent increase in bag limits.

The daily bag limit for dark geese (Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant) is now five in aggregate for the entire season.

This means that hunters can harvest any combination of the three species as long as the total does not exceed five.

Previously, a daily bag limit of dark geese could only include up to three Canada geese, except during September. The daily bag limit for light geese (snow and Ross's geese) remains 20.

There are no changes in other migratory bird bag limits from 2020-21, including for ducks. This includes the scaup daily bag limit, which is one scaup during the first 15 days of the season and two for the remainder of the season.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources also released dates for the 2021-22 migratory bird seasons. These include season dates for mourning doves, waterfowl (ducks, coots, mergansers, and geese), woodcock, snipe, and sora rails.

Season dates and migratory bird hunting regulations are available online at

JG calls for more rec experiences

Fishing and hunting are enjoyed by young and old, male and female, but that is not the only pastime for residents of northeast Indiana. Bird watching, hiking, camping, and all manner of sports activities are done daily.

The Journal Gazette would like to showcase all manner of recreational activities on the weekly Recreation page.

The Journal Gazette's Outdoors Experience feature lends a forum for readers to share their love of all things outdoors, or indoors, with their neighbors.

Email your photos to The Journal Gazette at

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