Innovative Department of Natural Resources Director
Kyle Hupfer is offering rank-and-file Hoosiers a chance to get fiscally
involved in the development of Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) wildlife
As keynote speaker at last Saturday’s annual meeting
of Hoosier Outdoor Writers Association (HOW), Hupfer unveiled a program
aimed at encouraging those who do not fish or hunt to help finance management
programs for both game and non-game species of fish and wildlife.
Explaining that many DFW programs are concerned
with species that are not pursued by hunters and anglers. Hupfer noted
that many Hoosiers make contributions every year to numerous Department
of Natural Resources (DNR) programs, adding that a portion of these donations
could well be channeled to the DFW by buying a $25 combination hunting/fishing
“By purchasing a $25 combination hunting/fishing
license, Hoosiers can do much more than hunt and fish,” Hupfer points out
in a brochure that is available this week at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport
& Travel Show.
“Even if you do not consider yourself a
sportsman or sportswoman, your annual combo license purchase will help
the DNR buy critical wildlife habitat, like the new 8,000-acre Goose Pond
Fish and Wildlife Area,” the brochure notes.
Best of all, Hupfer says, “each combo license
is matched by an additional $20 in federal funds to help manage Indiana’s
valuable fish and wildlife resources.”
The combo license is available at the DNR exhibit
in Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, but it
also is available at hunting/fishing license vendors throughout the state,
or on line by going to WWW.IndianaOutdoors.IN.gov. (this appears to be
case sensitive). When that site opens click on “licensing Info” and
then click on “Purchasing Hunting, Fishing Or Trapping Licenses.” From
there you can purchase a license without getting out of your chair.
Licenses can also be purchased by phone (317-233-4976),
or by mail. These procedures are fully explained in the DNR’s 2006 “Recreation
and Fishing Guide,” a slick-paper, magazine-format publication that covers
both recreation and fishing in one thorough, eye-catching piece of work.
The new Recreation and Fishing Guide also is available (free) at the DNR
Sports Show exhibit, or at fishing/hunting license outlets, including DNR
properties, throughout the state.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a
series of public open houses to gather public opinion about waterfowl hunting
for the 2006-07 seasons. Results of 2005 the Waterfowl Hunter Survey will
be available at these events.
All open houses will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Dates
and locations are: March 6: Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area, Winslow,
IN; March 8: Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area, Edinburgh, IN, and March
9: Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area, Morocco, IN.
Also available at the open houses will be preliminary
season dates for the 2006-07 waterfowl hunting seasons. The preliminary
dates have been developed using results from the 2005 Waterfowl Hunter
Survey and are offered for public comment. Preliminary dates are subject
to revision and must be approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The DNR will also accept comments on additional
waterfowl hunting issues such as zone and split seasons.
Written comments may be sent to Department of
Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Waterfowl Zone Comments,
553 E Miller Dr., Bloomington, IN 47401. All comments must be received
by April 15, 2006.
The recent cold nights, when the bottoms seemed
to have dropped out of thermometers around the state, have spawned some
speculation among hard-water anglers that we may be benefactors of more
safe ice for fishing.
“Don’t count on it,” said the boys from the Tackle
Box, a far northeastern bait shop in the natural lakes country where ice
comes first (also last and always). The extremely cold nights also had
their share of wind and that is a no-no for the production of natural ice.
They say temps above freezing in the next few
days (this week) will thwart the possibilities.
I GOOFED DEPT.
Last week’s column on the Purdue University Press’
hot new book, “Native Trees of the Midwest,” I failed to list the
telephone number for ordering this book. The toll-free phone number is
1-800-247-6553. The book can also be ordered online: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The price is $49.95, plus $9.50 for handling and mailing. The book
probably will be delivered in three to five days in Indiana. Join the Purdue
Press Pilot Program for a year ($50) and you can get the book free, no
on thumbnail image for enlarged view.
Trees of the Midwest opens with a beautiful dust jacket and continues
through more than 125 species of trees.