A pair of endangered trumpeter swans have successfully hatched an offspring in Indiana for the first time since modern bird watching records have been kept. The swan family is in northeastern Indiana’s Steuben County. Before 2017, sightings of trumpeter swan families in Indiana were limited to winter, with the birds breeding in other states. Trumpeter swans… Continue reading.
By Jack Spaulding The reintroduction of the peregrine falcon is a real success story in Indiana and the nation. Biologists have brought the birds back from the brink of extinction with nesting pairs across the Midwest. Peregrines are now commonly seen in special places in Indiana, but it wasn’t always so. Consider: • Prior to 1940,… Continue reading.
By Jack Spaulding I remember years ago getting my first BB gun at Christmas. It was a Daisy downgrade of Ralphie’s famous “Official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass and a clock in the stock.” Like Ralphie in the movie “A Christmas Story,” I was warned not to shoot… Continue reading.
By Jack Spaulding On Election Day, Indiana voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state’s Constitution. According to Ballotpedia with 99.9 percent of precincts reported, the constitutional amendment snared 2,390,883 votes. That was 82 percent of Indiana voters in favor. The amendment ensures the rights of the citizens of Indiana to hunt and fish. Section… Continue reading.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced plans to establish management and surveillance zones in three east central Indiana counties in response to the recent finding of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in a wild white-tailed deer at a Franklin County cattle farm. The plan designates a Bovine Tuberculosis Management Zone… Continue reading.
I have to admit, I don’t know what I did before I got an iPhone. I use my phone for all kinds of things … as a camera, compass and calculator. And now, I can use it to take a hike. Finding a trail for hiking Hoosiers to explore will be easier this year thanks to… Continue reading.
By Jack Spaulding For years, I would wait for the convenience of the Boat, Sport & Travel Show in Indianapolis in February to buy my hunting and fishing licenses for the coming year. Once in a while, I would slip up and forget to buy a needed stamp or permit and have to make a… Continue reading.
By Jack Spaulding Everyone enjoys a peaceful canoe or kayak trip in the summertime. Floating and gently paddling downstream is relaxing, and the scenery is always interesting when running a river during the hazy, lazy days of summer. But travelers need to be aware: Often, unseen danger exists on many Indiana rivers. One situation to… Continue reading.
By Jack Spaulding A show of companionship and survival is available to view live from an Indiana Department of Natural Resources webcam. The camera offers a glimpse into the lives of a barn owl pair raising chicks. Barn owls are a rarity and a state-endangered species. The pair on the webcam has been living in a… Continue reading.
By Jack Spaulding The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has issued a response to some of the questions rising from House Enrolled Act 1231, a new law that came out of this year’s General Assembly that legalized certain rifles for deer hunting beginning later this year. The DNR has received numerous questions regarding the legislation…. Continue reading.
By Jack Spaulding Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve had the privilege of seeing Indiana trap, trade and transport wild turkeys bringing them into almost every county in the state. The first spring turkey hunt wasn’t much to talk about as only 62 hunters pursued the wild turkey in 1970. As a result, Hoosier… Continue reading.
By Jack Spaulding I was a little amazed a few weeks ago when I noticed a flock of about 15 robins sitting in the ash tree behind the house. Robins are not seed feeders and didn’t show up for the sunflower seeds at our bird feeder. I don’t know if they were a small flock from… Continue reading.