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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.

(Provided by Indiana DNR)

Hunters can now apply for the following reserved hunt opportunities: Dove, Military/Refuge Deer Firearm & Archery, State Park Deer Reduction, and Pheasant Draw hunts. Go to www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5834.htm to get specific details about each hunt.

(Provided by Indiana DNR)

Despite warmer than normal temperatures, preliminary results put Indiana's 2012 spring wild turkey harvest at fourth highest on record at 12,594 birds. Only 2010, 2009, and 2006 spring season harvests ranked higher.

The 19-day regular season (April 25-May 13) accounted for 10,993 birds harvested. Adult gobblers made up 85 percent of the total harvest, followed by juveniles (14 percent) and bearded hens (less than 1 percent).

Youth hunters harvested 1,592 birds during the two-day special youth season (April 21-22).

When a Fort Wayne angler caught two odd-looking fish from the Pigeon River in LaGrange County, he thought they were snakeheads, an invasive species that biologists fear could wreak havoc on native fish.

But as has happened with other reports of what someone thought were snakeheads, the dark green, slimy, toothy fish that 27-year-old Jeremy Hennen caught were not the exotic predator from Asia. They were run-of-the-mill bowfin, commonly called dogfish.