Reserved Hunt Requests Online Only |
Starting July 1, hunters can apply for a variety of reserved hunts online by visiting on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.
Starting this year, instead of one application period for all draws, they are split into a few different date windows. The reason for this change is to help hunters plan their hunts more easily and thus increase the number of hunters who can participate.
The online method is the only way to apply for the hunts listed below. No late registration will be accepted. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the hunt for which they are applying.
Hunters will be selected by computerized draw. Applicants will be able to view the draw results online within two weeks of the close of the application period. An email will be sent to all applicants once the draws are complete.
Applications for the following hunting opportunities open July 1. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 1:
- Dove Hunts: Candidates can select the desired date and property. Due to bad spring weather, other crops may have been planted instead of or with the sunflowers. Participating properties include the following Fish and Wildlife Areas (FWAs): Atterbury, Goose Pond, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, Pigeon River, Willow Slough and Winamac.
- Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Youth Deer Hunt: Muscatatuck NWR will host a youth-only gun deer hunt September 24-25.
- Indiana Private Land Access (IPLA) Hunts: IPLA will offer reserved squirrel and young deer hunts on private land. Hunting dates and locations can be seen when applying.
Applications for the following hunting opportunities open August 22. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 23:
- FWA Waterfowl Hunts: Participating FWAs include Goose Pond, Hovey Lake, Kingsbury, Kankakee and LaSalle. The Province Pond Wetland Conservation Area, managed by JE Roush Lake FWA, will also participate.
- FWA Deer Hunts: Deer Creek and Fairbanks Landing will host gun hunts.
- Deer Hunts State Park: Participating state parks include Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmony, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River and Whitewater Memorial. Trine State Recreation Area and Cave River Valley Natural Area will also participate.
- Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Deer Hunts: Participating properties include Big Oaks and Muscatatuck, each of which will be shooting archery, firearms and muzzle-loading deer hunts.
- November Game Bird Hunts (GBA): Reserved hunts will take place in the Northern Indiana Game Bird Areas (Benton, Jasper, Newton, Warren, and White counties). Hunters can choose from a variety of hunting dates. The hunts are not pheasant hunts.
- Indiana Private Land Access (IPLA) Hunts: IPLA will offer reserved game bird and deer hunts on private land.
- Applications for the following hunting opportunities open October 3. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31.
- December Game Bird Hunts (GBA): Reserved hunts will take place in the Northern Indiana Game Bird Areas (Benton, Jasper, Newton, Warren, and White Counties). Hunters can choose from a variety of hunting dates. The hunts are not pheasant hunts.
- Indiana Private Land Access (IPLA) Hunts: IPLA will offer rabbit-only hunts on private land.
Additional hunting possibilities:
- Camp Atterbury (owned by the National Guard) has decided not to assign deer hunting opportunities through the Indiana DNR reservation system. For details on how to apply for hunting opportunities at Camp Atterbury, see atterbury.isportsman.net. Email your questions to [email protected] or call 812-5261499, ext. 61375.
Please note for all opportunities listed; only one application per hunt is permitted. No changes can be made once the application has been submitted.
The application process is now integrated into the Online Services website with Licensing, CheckIN Game and HIP Registration. An online account is not required to apply, but you must have a customer identification number.
Hunts with no entry fee will follow the same process as paid hunts. To register for free hunts, applicants will be prompted to “Add to Cart”, “Checkout”, and “Place Order”. If the transaction total is $0, the requestor will not be prompted to enter their credit card information. Applicants must place an order to submit their application.
To view draw results, contestants can log into their online services account or click “View Draw Results” at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt. From there, applicants should select “Click Here” under Reserved Hunts to view the status of registered hunts. The link will only display upcoming hunts that a person has registered for. Login to an online account is required to view the full history of past hunting records.
More information is available at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.
Indiana stocks trout and salmon in Lake Michigan and its tributaries
The Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife recently completed spring stocking of trout and salmon in Lake Michigan and its tributaries.
Stocked locations include East Chicago Marina, East Branch Little Calumet River, Salt Creek, Trail Creek, and St. Joseph’s River. A total of 40,000 brown trout fry, 77,765 coho salmon fry, 194,836 Skamania rainbow trout fry, 40,943 winter run rainbow trout fry and 224,753 Chinook salmon fry were among the stocked fish.
Yearlings are older, larger fish than fry which are smaller, younger fish.
Although the spring stockings have been completed, more stockings are planned for the fall. Coho salmon fry should be stocked in October, and winter run rainbow trout fry will be stocked in December.
Hatchery production has returned to normal after disruptions due to the pandemic. Additionally, 2022 marks the third consecutive year of Chinook inventory growth, meeting targets set prior to inventory reductions in 2017.
“We’re hoping to see an increase in the fall run of chinook salmon starting this year as the highest numbers of them stocked in 2020 start to come back,” said Ben Dickinson, Lake Michigan fisheries biologist for Indiana. DNR.
While all fish except brown trout are raised in hatcheries operated by the Indiana DNR, acquiring eggs to meet production goals requires cooperation with Indiana DNR agencies. other states. Of all the trout and salmon stocked in the Indiana waters of Lake Michigan and its tributaries, only Skamania Rainbow Trout eggs are collected from fish returning to Indiana.
“We are grateful to all of our partners at the Lake Michigan State Agency for helping ensure that we can stock a variety of species to maintain our diverse fishery,” Dickinson said.
For more information on fishing in Lake Michigan, visit Wildlife.IN.gov/fishing/lake-michigan-fishing.
‘Until next time,
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