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Bovine TB testing for wild deer

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Posted on Oct 01, 2016 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

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.

Take a hike

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in The Great Outdoors

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.

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Casting online

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Posted on Aug 01, 2016 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

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.

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Danger downstream

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Posted on Jul 01, 2016 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

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.

Lofty eavesdropping

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Posted on Jun 01, 2016 in General, Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

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.

DNR clarifies new rifle law

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Posted on May 01, 2016 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

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.

Talking wild turkey

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Posted on Apr 01, 2016 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

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.

Robins come a-calling

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Posted on Mar 01, 2016 in The Great Outdoors

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.

Adding to the depth charts

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Posted on Feb 01, 2016 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding Learning a new lake is always a challenge for anglers. When you are on an unfamiliar lake you may be asking yourself: Where are the drop offs? The humps? The flats? The ridges and breaks? Knowing the water makes it easier to find fish. Fishing aficionados plying Indiana lakes have been given… Continue reading.

Goodbye to woodcock and grouse

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Posted on Jan 04, 2016 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

By Jack Spaulding The expansion and reestablishment of many wildlife species in Indiana have been remarkable. Programs of reintroduction and resettlement have brought back eagles, peregrine falcons and osprey to our skies; otters to our rivers and streams; and wild turkey and white-tail deer throughout the entire state. But among the list of successes there… Continue reading.

Women joining the hunt

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Posted on Dec 01, 2015 in Outdoors, The Great Outdoors

by Jack Spaulding What do Eva Shockey, Melissa Bachman, Katniss Everdeen, and 1.5 million other women in the United States have in common? They’re hunters. Shockey and Bachman are hosts of TV hunting shows, and Everdeen is the main character in the “Hunger Games” book and movie franchise. They represent a wave of female hunters,… Continue reading.