Indiana Department of Natural Resources

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.

For more information visit their website at http://www.in.gov/dnr/

11/1/2017 Pheasant, Quail & Rabbit Hunting Seasons Have Arrived

posted Nov 1, 2017, 11:27 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Pheasant, quail and rabbit hunting seasons begin Nov. 1. Here are a few last minute reminders before you head out.

• What License Do I Need: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/6486.htm



• General Hunting Info: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2344.htm

• Indiana Hunting & Trapping Guide: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2343.htm


2017 Deer Reduction Zones

posted Aug 11, 2017, 9:02 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 9:05 AM ]

The 2017 Deer Reduction Zones have been established and Indiana DNR Law District 10 has reduction zone opportunities in portions of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties this year. It is important to check whether or not your specific location within your county falls within the established reduction zone. Reduction zones provide an opportunity for hunters with an abundance of deer in their area to better manage their herd if needed by taking more deer than areas outside of the reduction zones. 

For more detailed information on Indiana's deer reduction zones click the link: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/8534.htm

Possession of Wild Animal Parts

posted Jan 12, 2017, 9:41 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:02 PM ]

From the Indiana DNR Law Enforcement Facebook page:  

It's that time of year... Most hunting seasons are out, but you still want to get in the woods. 
Time for antler shed hunting! This is one type of hunting you don't need a license for, 
just permission from the landowner. If you happen to find a shed like the one in the picture, 
still attached to a deer skull, you can collect those as well.

Indiana Conservation Officers are providing this information so that all citizens may clearly understand the rule that governs antlers that are found with the skull attached, a permit IS REQUIRED to possess animal parts as described below. There is no possibility for our agency to mandate a specific response to the many different situations that occur regarding the possession of wild animal parts. It is always the best practice for citizens to involve their local Indiana Conservation Officer when an animal, or part thereof, is desired to be possessed and was not taken with a license and by lawful means. All of our officers may be reached through our Central Dispatch by calling 812-837-9536.

Additional information:     One more point of clarification on the deer antler collection discussion. A shed antler has specific characteristics that is present and identifies it as an antler that has naturally fallen from a live deer. With this said, the Department of Natural Resources has no interest in regulating “shed antlers”. However, the presence of a skull with the antlers identifies that a deer has died. Our interest is in what has caused the mortality of the deer and the circumstances surrounding it, therefore a permit is required to allow for investigation, if needed. It is the policy of the DNR Law Enforcement Executive staff that citizens may collect shed antlers that have been naturally discarded without the need for a permit.

312 IAC 9-2-3 Application of this article to wild animal parts
Authority: IC 14-22-2-6
Affected: IC 14-22
Sec. 3. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), a prohibition against the:
(1) possession;
(2) sale;
(3) offer for sale;
(4) purchase;
(5) offer for purchase;
(6) shipment;
(7) transportation;
(8) delivery; or
(9) receipt;
of a wild animal also applies to any part or portion of that wild animal.

(b) The prohibition established under subsection (a) does not apply to the following parts of wild animals taken lawfully:
(1) Tanned hides.
(2) Any portion of a furbearing mammal.
(3) Cured feathers.
(4) Squirrel tails.
(5) Untanned deer hides.
(6) Antlers.
(7) Hooves.
(8) Any portion of a river otter.
(9) Untanned squirrel hides.


312 IAC 9-3-9 Wild animals killed by other means; disposition
Authority: IC 14-10-2-4; IC 14-22-2-6
Affected: IC 14-22
Sec. 9. (a) This section governs the following species of wild animals that die following a collision with a motor vehicle or
are found dead:
(1) White-tailed deer.
(2) Fox or gray squirrel.
(3) Eastern cottontail rabbit.
(4) Furbearing mammal.
(5) River otter.
(6) Wild turkey.
(7) Bobwhite quail.
(8) Ring-necked pheasant.

(b) An individual may possess a species of wild animal listed in subsection (a) with a special purpose salvage permit issued
in accordance with 312 IAC 9-10-13.5 or a permit issued by:
(1) a conservation officer;
(2) a district wildlife biologist for the department;
(3) a property manager or assistant property manager for the department; or

DNR Safety Education Classes

posted Dec 21, 2016, 10:53 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 4:15 PM ]

If you are looking for outdoor safety education courses you can visit the following sites or go to the Department of Natural Resources web site at http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/4812.htm.

Indiana Boater Education Courses will provide instruction in general information concerning boats and maintenance, what to do in emergencies, how to make your experience safe and enjoyable, and the laws pertaining to watercraft operation.

Indiana Hunter Education Courses will provide instruction in the areas of safe firearm use and handling while hunting, as well as in the home, hunter ethics and responsibility, game identification, and conservation management. Anyone born after December 31, 1986 is required to be certified in Hunter Education before they can purchase a hunting license.

Indiana Snowmobile Education Courses will provide instruction in general information concerning snowmobiles and maintenance, what to do in emergencies, how to make your experience safe and enjoyable, and the laws pertaining to snowmobile and off-road vehicle operation.

Indiana Trapper Education Courses will provide instruction in the areas of the history and benefits of trapping, trapper ethics and responsibility, choosing and preparing equipment, types of furbearers, and making sets.

Indiana New Rifle Regulations For Deer Hunting

posted Nov 3, 2016, 11:35 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:01 PM ]

Still scratching your head over what’s legal and what isn’t in the new rifle regulations for deer hunting in Indiana this year?

Here are three questions that will guide you to the correct answers:
  1. Does the rifle have a barrel at least 16 inches long?
  2. Is the rifle chambered to fire a cartridge with a case length of at least 1.16 inches?
  3. Does that cartridge fire a bullet that is either .243 inches or .308 inches in diameter (or their metric equivalents, 6mm and 7.62mm, respectively)?
If the answer is yes to all three, then it’s legal under HEA 1231, a law passed earlier this year by the State Legislature.

If the answer is “no” to any of those three questions, it does not meet the HEA 1231 standards for new rifle options.

Remember: Bullet diameter, cartridge case length and barrel length are the determining factors of this law.

Any bullet smaller than .243 (6mm), larger than .308 (7.62mm), or in between .243 and .308 does not qualify. Neither does a cartridge with a case length that is less than 1.16 inches, or a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16 inches.

Here’s a twist, though. Some cartridges may appear to fall outside the allowable .243 and .308 requirements because of how they are labeled.

Take the .240 Weatherby Magnum, for instance. Disregard the .240 label because the bullet diameter actually is .243 inches and therefore legal to use.

Similarly, .30, .30-06 and .300-caliber cartridges are legal because their bullet diameters are .308 inches.

A few more points:
  • The new rifle options can be used only on private land.
  • Full-metal jacketed bullets are illegal.
  • A hunter can possess only 10 of these legal rounds while in the field.
  • There is no tree-stand requirement to use the new rifle options.
The new law does not change regulations previously approved for centerfire rifles chambered for so-called pistol cartridges. Those regulations allow for rifles chambered for cartridges that fire a bullet of .357-inch diameter or larger and have a case length of 1.16 inches to 1.8 inches. Unlike the new high-caliber rifle options, these can be used on private and public land to hunt deer.

If you still have questions about new rifle options for deer hunting, call (317) 232-4003 or (317) 232-4200.

For more information on deer hunting season check out the DNR: Indiana Deer Hunting page.

Waterfowl Seasons

posted Aug 19, 2016, 10:05 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:02 PM ]

Migratory game bird and waterfowl hunting dates are set by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with Indiana and other states. Dates are usually available mid- to late-August.


Indiana Fishing Regulations

posted Mar 25, 2016, 10:29 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 2:22 PM ]

If you are looking for Indiana Fishing Regulations for:  
they've got it covered for you.

Plus the Indiana Fishing Regulation Guide is now available on eRegulations, a third-party online service. The Indiana Fishing Regulation Guide is a summary of Indiana fishing regulations. It is designed as a service to anglers and is not intended to be a complete digest of all fishing regulations. Most regulations are subject to change by administrative rule.

There is a combined bag limit of 6 walleye or sauger and a size limit of 16 inches for walleye in all of district 10, except Wolf Lake in Lake County where it is 14 inches. The size limit is reduced to 14 inches for walleye caught south of State Road 26 which is about half way down the state. 

For more information visit their website at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2347.htm


   

Hunting & Trapping Seasons in Indiana

posted Jan 25, 2016, 10:14 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 4:10 PM ]

2017-2018 hunting and trapping seasons have been established. Further, the deer reduction zone boundaries are subject to change and will be released at a later date.  For interactive digital editions and PDF editions to download to your computer, smartphone, or tablet visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2343.htm.  

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