By Louie Stout

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission gave preliminary approval to several hunting and wildlife regulations recently.

Final decisions will be made following a public comment period. You can submit comments to the NRC online at or by writing the NRC at Indiana Government Center North, 100 N. Senate Ave, Room N103, Indianapolis, Ind. 46204.

Listed below are some of the proposals that impact northern Indiana:

Fall Wild turkey season: Adds Elkhart, Kosciusko, and Noble counties to the fall wild turkey firearms season. Also, the hunting of turkeys on DNR properties would be allowed between 4:30 a.m. and 1p.m. during the spring wild turkey season.

Hunting from a boat: Allows the hunting of fox and gray squirrels from a motorized boat providing the boat is not under power when shooting the animal. Landowner consent is still required.