Tag Archives: DNR

Timber sale at Pokagon to address ash borer problem

A northern Indiana park will conduct the first logging operation in its history to remove trees devastated by the emerald ash borer.

Pokagon State Park plans to remove dead and dying ash trees from picnic areas, campgrounds and other public places this winter to ensure they don’t damage buildings or pose a risk to the public.

READ MORE:  Timber sale at Pokagon to tackle ash borer woes – 13 WTHR.

Fight Poachers with TIP Hotline

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

crime law legalLicensed, ethical hunters know the rules and play by them, but poachers don’t.

Hunting season increases the likelihood that law-abiding hunters will encounter poaching, which is the illegal taking of fish, game or non-game wildlife.

When that happens, DNR Law Enforcement urges hunters to use the TIP hotline to file a complaint. TIP is an acronym for Turn in a Poacher or Polluter. Firearms season for deer runs Nov. 12-27.

Anyone can use the TIP hotline but hunters are more likely to witness violations.

It’s quick and simple to report a violation. The toll-free TIP phone number is 1-800-TIP-IDNR (1-800-847-4367). Complaints also can be filed online at tip.IN.gov.

A typical poaching situation occurs when a law-abiding hunter is sitting in a tree stand, waiting for sunrise (the legal time to shoot), and notices a spotlight shining the field from a pickup truck. The truck stop and shots ring out through the darkness.

“True sportsmen have an ethical responsibility to report this violation,” said Lt. William Browne, DNR Division of Law Enforcement. “Poachers are thieves, and some estimates indicate poachers kill as much fish and game as legal hunters and fishermen do.”

TIP is a joint effort of sportsmen and women, private citizens, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to help eliminate the illegal taking of Indiana’s fish and wildlife. Cash rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest of fish and wildlife law violators.

All information is held in strict confidence. The complaint can be anonymous. Neither videotapes nor signed confessions are required for successful prosecution of poachers. Citizens who provide TIP with information are not required to testify in court. Reported information is investigated by Indiana Conservation Officers.

 

Entrance Passes for Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs are now available

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Annual Entrance Permits for 2012 for Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs are now available for online purchase.

Order an Annual Entrance Permit, which costs $36 for state residents, by going to InnsGifts.com. The Golden Hoosier Permit is available at the same website to those over age 65 for $18. Each permit allows entrance into any state park or reservoir for one vehicle with Indiana license plates throughout 2012.

Annual Entrance Permits are also available for purchase at state parks and reservoirs across Indiana.

For reservations at any of the state park inns, call 1.877.LODGES 1 (1.877.563.4371) or visit IndianaInns.com.

via IN.GOV

Dude! Hunters arrested for pot, shooting too many birds

Two hunters shot more birds than allowed and had drugs in their car, conservation officers said.

John David Farmer, 27, 306 N. Sims St., Swayzee, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and illegal bird possession.

Brian Douglas Eaton, 27, 19 Jacks St., Gas City, also was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and illegal bird possession.

READ MORE: Daily Journal – Hunters arrested for pot, shooting too many birds.

Deer hunters could be charged after bobcat kill

 Two hunters — one from Linton — may face charges of illegally killing a bobcat in southwestern Greene County near the old Hawthron coal mine property.

Joe Whitehead, 48, of Linton, and Andy Dyers, 28, of Indianapolis, both face a possible class C misdemeanor charge for the illegal harvest of a protected furbearer following an investigation by Conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

During the investigation, the Conservation officer determined a bobcat might have been killed and ditched on a nearby roadway.

“One of them (the hunters) came across them (a bobcat) while they were out hunting. They were deer hunting, but one of them shot a bobcat,” Indiana Conservation Officer Mike Gregg, of rural Bloomfield, told The Greene County Daily World.

READ MORE:   Greene County Daily World: Local News: Two deer hunters could be charged after bobcat kill 11/22/11.

Teen Killed In Dubois County Hunting Accident

ST. ANTHONY, Ind. — State wildlife officials said a 15-year-old boy died after he was shot while deer hunting in southern Indiana.

State conservation officers said Nicholas Messmer, of French Lick, was wounded while hunting with a family member Sunday afternoon near the Dubois County town of St. Anthony.

READ MORE: Teen Killed In Apparent Hunting Accident – Indiana News Story – WRTV Indianapolis.