The Indiana DNR's reserved-hunt applications can now be made through the Division of Fish & Wildlife's online-services application at: https://secure.in.gov/apps/dnr/portal/#/home.
You can use the same website to purchase hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses, use the Check-in Game system, get a HIP Registration number, make a donation, or purchase a gift certificate.
Indiana will stock 300 rainbow trout measuring 12-14 inches long in ponds at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne and Memorial Park in Huntington for two family fishing events set for Saturday, Oct. 20.
The purpose of the stocking program is to offer an exciting and safe way for families and new anglers to experience the fun of fishing.
Both fishing events are scheduled to run from 8 to 10 a.m. No trout fishing will be allowed before the events. Participants will be asked to register before fishing. All anglers age 18 and older must have a valid Indiana fishing license and trout stamp. The catch limit per angler is five trout.
Shoaff Park is on Fort Wayne's northeast side at 6401 St. Joe Road. The pond is at the west end of the park down by the St. Joseph River. Memorial Park is west of downtown Huntington at 1200 West Park Drive. The park has two ponds but only the north pond will be stocked.
Hunters can help monitor the deer populations in northwest and northeast Indiana for chronic wasting disease (CWD) by voluntarily submitting harvested deer to the DNR for testing during the 2018-2019 deer hunting season.
The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has established a CWD core surveillance area in Newton County and Lake County south of State Road 2. In those areas, the DNR hopes to sample as many hunter-harvested deer as possible from Sept. 29-Dec. 23, 2018.
CWD enhanced surveillance areas have also been identified in Jasper County, Lake County (north of S.R. 2), and LaPorte, Porter, Pulaski, and Starke counties in northwest Indiana, as well as in Steuben County in northeast Indiana.
Surveillance involves collecting and testing lymph nodes from the neck of deer harvested by hunters and voluntarily submitted for evaluation.