Use trail cameras to scout for deer.If you already own trail cameras, now is the time to put them to use.

If you don't own one, this is the perfect time to pick one up and put it in play. In hunting, there is no substitute for scouting prior to the hunt and a trail camera is a great way to improve your scouting by being your eyes in the outdoors 24/7.

In the months before the start of deer season, a trail camera offers the hunter the opportunity to view the quality of deer using his hunting grounds.

LaPorte County Parks will host a Hunter Safety Education Course at Smith Hall in Red Mill County Park on September 17-20, 2012.


Classes run from 6 to 9:30 each night. The free course is offered by the Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement. Conservation Officers and volunteers will be conducting the course. Space is limited to the first 50 registered. You must attend all three nights of the course to graduate the course.

To register, call the LaPorte County Parks Department, 219-325-8315. 

Good News! A full-version, 52-page, Indiana Hunting & Trapping Guide is coming back and was expected to be available at retailers in late-July. In addition to the printed guide, an easy-to-use online version will be available in multiple formats.