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The 2018 Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide is available now, online, at www.hunting.IN.gov.

The printed version of the 48-page Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide will be available, free at various retailers that sell hunting licenses and equipment, and at many DNR properties.

It features a bobwhite quail on the cover and includes all the current state rules and regulations, feature articles, two new surveys for deer hunters, and more.

IDNR Report

The amount of land permanently protected for wildlife habitat and public recreation along the Wabash River continues to grow thanks to the DNR's Healthy Rivers Initiative (HRI).

HRI recently acquired 1,048 acres from American Electric Power in the initiative's Wabash River Project Area. The acquired land was previously leased by DNR as part of Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area, which is south of Terre Haute. The land will continue to be part of Fairbanks Landing but is now permanently protected through DNR ownership.

The acquisition was made possible with funding assistance from conservation partners including: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and National Wild Turkey Federation.

IDNR Report

Hunters can now apply online for a reserved hunt by visiting www.hunting.IN.gov and clicking on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link.

The online method is the only way to apply. Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying. Applications must be completed by the application deadline.

Hunters will be selected through a computerized, random drawing. Drawing results will be posted at†wildlife.IN.gov†within two weeks after application deadlines, and an email will be sent to applicants when results are posted.

Applications are currently open for:

Dove hunt draw: Applications must be completed by July 28. Applicants may select their desired date and property. Properties participating are Atterbury, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, LaSalle, Pigeon River, J.E. Roush Lake, Willow Slough, Blue Grass and Winamac fish & wildlife areas.

Various other fish & wildlife area hunts: Applications must be completed by Aug. 21.† Properties include Deer Creek and Fairbanks Landing fish & wildlife areas and Tern Bar Slough Wildlife Diversity Conservation Area.

Military/refuge firearm, primitive and archery deer hunt draw: Applications must be completed by Aug. 21. Hunts on military/refuge properties may be cancelled at any time.

Youth firearm deer hunt at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge: Applications must be completed by Aug. 21

Pheasant hunt draw: Applications must be completed by Sept. 27. The Nov. 3 hunt is reserved for youth hunters only (ages 17 and younger).

State park deer reduction draw hunts: Applications must be completed by Aug. 20.

Only one application per hunt is allowed. No changes can be made once the application is submitted. More information is at wildlife.IN.gov/5834.htm.