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State Fair Special at Fort Harrison

With the Indiana State Fair Getaway Package, July 31 - Aug. 16, at Fort Harrison State Park Inn, you save $20 off your night’s lodging, receive two State Fair admission tickets and a 20 percent discount coupon for Mother Nature's Mercantile. Make reservations (toll free) at 1-877-Lodges1 or visit Indianainns.com.


Get the Outdoor Indiana magazine deal at State Fair

Buy an Outdoor Indiana  subscription at the Mercantile in the Natural Resources Building and you’ll be handed the July-August issue free, while supplies last.


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Free women's archery event on Aug. 16 in Bloomington

Any woman interested in learning about archery in a relaxed and friendly environment is invited. Hands-on practice will involve popular archery games and fun competitions for small prizes. All equipment will be provided.

There will be two sessions, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 2 - 6 p.m. at the Bloomington Field Office at 5596 E. State Road 46.


Nature Conservancy National Treasures Challenge

Visit one of nine natural areas in Indiana, take a photo and upload it to the Nature Conservancy website starting Aug. 1. You are then entered for a chance to win a car.

Below are the natural areas for Indiana's contest.
 
* Goose Pond (Greene County)
* Big Walnut (Putnam)
* Kankakee Sands (Newton)
* Hitz-Rhodehamel Woods (Brown)
* Rabbit Hash Glade (Harrison)
* Ivanhoe Dune and Swale (Lake)
* Saunders Woods (Gibson)
* Eagle Marsh Wetlands (Allen)
* Eagle Creek Park (Marion)

Here is a map of the locations. (Indiana is on page 2) 


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Visit DNR at the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 1-17

Check out large aquariums filled with Indiana fish, see a snake or two, and view live raptors at the amphitheater. Not only is the DNR building one of the few with air conditioning at the State Fair, it also houses the best information, animals and fun.

While you are cooling off inside the DNR building, pick up the latest recreation guide, fishing guide, hunting & trapping guide, boating guide, off-road vehicle guide,  State Fair schedule and much more.

DNR State Fair schedule.

Fishin' Pond

Stop by the Fishin' Pond (open daily). Children ages 5-17 have the opportunity to fish for free.

State Fair video

Check out this video on what you will see at the Indiana State Fair.


Be a part of the largest outdoor recreation event in Indiana

The Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience is searching for volunteers. The 2014 event will take place at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis, Sept. 20-21. This free, family-friendly event offers more than 50 different outdoor activities and runs from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day.

Volunteers will be assigned to help in five-hour shifts with one of the many on-site activities such as fishing, mountain biking, canoeing, archaeological dig and more. Sign up to volunteer today.

Contact volunteer coordinator, Cheryl Hampton at (317) 233-1002 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Visit us online at www.hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov or facebook.com/hoosieroutdoorexperience.


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Find out how to be a candidate for Indiana Conservation Officer

Stay in touch by signing up and we will contact you when there is a Conservation Officer recruiting event in your area.

These events will educate you about the hiring process. You will learn the duties of an Indiana Conservation Officer and have your questions answered by an officer. These are voluntary events, but can improve your chances of being successful in what will be a competitive process.

Conservation Officer applicants no longer need 60 credit hours of college if they have served four years of continuous military service and have been honorably discharged.


DNR employees honored

It’s been an award-winning year for the DNR Division of Communications, including the recent announcement of four national honors from the Association for Conservation Information:

• Nick Werner, senior writer, first place Magazine General Interest feature for an Outdoor Indiana article on fire towers titled “The Old Guard.”

• Rebecca Mauser, first place for a brochure on water trails at Tippecanoe River State Park.

• Michael Carney, second place for a video titled “My Hero” that promotes the Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund that supports hunter donations of venison to community food banks.

• And the 2013-14 Indiana Hunting/Trapping Guide received a third place in the Regulations Publication category.

In addition, staff photographer John Maxwell received seven awards from the Hoosier Outdoor Writers for photos and video, including two firsts, two seconds and three thirds.


Outdoor Fun at State Parks & Reservoirs 

See details for these events and more programs at www.interpretiveservices.IN.gov.
 
• First Saturday Hike with the Friends of Versailles State Park on Saturday, Aug. 2. Meet at Versailles’ Oak Grove Shelter at 9 a.m. Leashed dogs are welcome.
• 8th annual Perseid Meteor Stargaze and Snoring on the Sand on Saturday, Aug. 9. Indiana Dunes Main Beach Pavilion at 8:30 p.m.
• 17th annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Indiana Dunes State Park on Saturday, Aug. 23. (Rescheduled from July 12.) Meet at the main beach pavilion from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Children’s Outdoor Weekend at Spring Mill State Park on Aug. 23-24, featuring two days of games, crafts and fun. Meet a conservation officer, take a hike with a naturalist, go on a creek stomp and more.
• Enjoy Paddlers Weekend at Summit Lake State Park and have fun on the water on Aug. 23-24. With help from the Indiana Kayakers (IYAK), try out a kayak or canoe with basic instruction. There will also be kayak rides for kids, water games, crafts and a sunset paddle.
• Turkey Run Inn’s Cruise Inn Car Show features nearly 200 classic cars on Aug. 30 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Ice Cream Social and Fireworks at Lieber SRA on Saturday, Aug. 30. Ice cream fun starts at 2 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk on the beach.


Indiana Nature Preserves

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Posey County

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Ripley County

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Starke County

Steuben County

Sullivan County

Tippecanoe County

Union County

Vanderburgh County

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Vigo County

Wabash County

Warren County

Washington County

Wells County

White County

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Come see us at the Indiana State Fair

The Fishin' Pond at the DNR building allows children ages 5-17 the chance to catch a live fish during the annual Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Also worthy of checking out are the large indoor and outdoor aquariums stocked with native fish.

This Saturday (Aug. 2), is the annual Taste of the Wild cookout, where you can taste all sorts of wild fish and game for free.

While cooling off inside the DNR building, pick up the latest recreation guide, fishing guide, hunting & trapping guide, boating guide, off-road vehicle guide, State Fair schedule and much more.

DNR State Fair schedule.

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Early migratory bird and waterfowl dates

The proposed 2014 early migratory bird season dates that the DNR has submitted  to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and can be found online.

The dates are not final until the USFWS approves them, which typically happens by the end of August. The season dates fall within the framework provided by USFWS, so no changes are anticipated. There is always the slight possibility of change, so the proposed dates should not be interpreted as being final.


Deer hunting FAQs updated

Bonus antlerless license use has been changed at many of our DNR properties, and bonus antlerless county quotas have been changed this year, which can determine whether the special firearms antlerless season is in place in your county. You can find all this information and more on the Deer FAQ website.


Experience

2014 Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience

Indiana’s largest, hands-on outdoor recreation event, the Ford Hoosier Outdoor Experience, will be Sept. 20-21 at Fort Harrison State Park.

We’ll be showing you how to fish, how to clean your fish, how to cook your fish (including free samples), goose processing and free samples, deer processing and much more.


Reserved hunts still open

Many of our reserved hunt applications are open through Aug. 25. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the species they intend to hunt. If you do not receive a confirmation email that you’ve applied, you have not completed the application. Apply and learn more.


Free workshops for beginner waterfowl hunters

Two workshops will be offered to those who want to learn about waterfowl hunting. One is Aug. 16 at Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area in LaGrange County and the other is Sept. 27 in Bloomington.


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Stay in touch by entering your email address and we will contact you when there is a Conservation Officer recruiting event in your area.

These events will inform you about the hiring process. You will learn the duties of an Indiana Conservation Officer and have your questions answered by an officer. These are voluntary events but can improve your chances of being successful in what will be a competitive process.

Conservation Officer applicants no longer need 60 credit hours of college if they have served four years of continuous military service and have been honorably discharged.


Shooting range events for families, Aug. 5, 12

Kingsbury FWA will offer two family fun nights at the shooting range in August. Each event will have different firearms that'll be featured. The events are free, but registration is required. More information

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Did someone say dessert? Wild Berry Compote with Wood Sorrel Whipped Cream. 


Hunting season beginning 

Squirrel: Aug. 15, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015 

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2014-15 Hunting & Trapping Guide

The Hunting & Trapping Guide is now available. Visit a license vendor for a copy. Look for the online version soon at wildlife.IN.gov.  


Atterbury FWA dove draw hunt canceled

Due to the failure of its sunflower crop, Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area has canceled the opening-day dove draw hunt for managed dove fields on Sept. 1. Read more


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  • Birdseye Trail 11.8 miles
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  • German Ridge Trail 24.0 miles
  • Hickory Ridge Trail 46.7 miles
  • Mogan Ridge Trail 18.9 miles
  • Oriole Trail 16.0 miles
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Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area has canceled opening day Dove draw hunt
Start Date:  7/31/2014  
 
Event Description
Due to the failure of its sunflower crop, Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area has canceled the opening-day dove draw hunt for managed dove fields on Sept. 1.

The seeds planted did not materialize. Atterbury staff considered replanting, but the sunflowers would not have matured by opening of dove season.

The cancelation of the Sept. 1 draw hunt on managed fields will not affect general dove hunting on the property. Atterbury will be open to dove hunting on the entire property from Sept. 1 through Oct. 19, Nov. 1-9, and Dec. 13 through Jan. 11 (2015).

Check-in is required through the self-service hunter check-in stations and a permit card must be kept on person while hunting. Non-toxic shot is required to hunt doves on all fish & wildlife areas.

The daily bag limit for doves is 25. A valid hunting license, a Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) number, and an Indiana game bird stamp are required to hunt doves.

A youth/hunt trap license includes the Indiana game bird stamp, but an HIP number is still required. You can get your HIP number at wildlife.IN.gov/3567.htm.

Other license requirements or exemptions are at wildlife.IN.gov/3571.htm.

More information on Atterbury FWA is at wildlife.IN.gov/3100.htm.
 
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Name: Ray Shepard
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The Dog Days of August Bring Loads of Fun at the Dunes State Park!

Don’t let the back to school ads fool you. There are still lots of summer left and plenty of fun activities going on. Grab your gear, your family, and join us for a great weekday or weekend adventure in your favorite Indiana state park.  Choose from over 60 free programs, hikes, and other fun things going on at the state park in August.
 
Here's a glimpse of some of the upcoming events:
 
- We’re having some National Smore’s Day Fun on Friday, August 7 at the Wilson Shelter. Learn a little about our fascination with this famous camping dessert, and try one of several styles of smore’s that we’ll have on hand. All the fun takes place at 7:30 p.m. Join us!

- Saturday, August 9 is a day for the big and small. Start the morning off with our annual Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations starting at 9am at the Nature Center. Come back later in the evening for the 8th Annual Perseid Meteor Shower and Snoring on the Sand event! The stargaze takes place at the beach pavilion.

- The 17th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest will feature amateurs from around the region on Saturday, August 23. This annual favorite includes prizes in several categories, including the People’s Choice Award. This year’s theme is “Into the Wild”. This event was rescheduled from July 12 due to inclement weather.

- Have you completed the 3 Dunes Challenge? Visitors have all summer to conquer the three highest sand dunes in Indiana. Pick up your free stickers and postcards at the Indiana Dunes Tourism Visitor Center afterwards!

 
Complete list of programs for August that you can print and keep at home.

Also follow the park on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
 
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To contact the Interpretive Service of Indiana Dunes State Park, call (219) 926-1390 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Date/Time View  Subscribe to RSS feed of current view. July 30, 2014 - August 28, 2014
 
Start Date and TimeEvent Details Location
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
All Day Monroe Lake
All Day  
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  
Thursday, July 31, 2014
All Day Monroe Lake
End Day  
12:00 AM Monroe Lake
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Prophetstown State Park
Friday, August 01, 2014
All Day Monroe Lake
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
9:00 PM - 9:45 PM Monroe Lake
Saturday, August 02, 2014
All Day  
All Day Monroe Lake
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monroe Lake
8:00 AM  
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM  
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Monroe Lake
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM  
12:00 PM  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Prophetstown State Park
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM Monroe Lake
Sunday, August 03, 2014
End Day Monroe Lake
End Time 4:00 PM  
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Monroe Lake
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Monday, August 04, 2014
12:00 PM  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
9:30 AM  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Mounds State Park
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Prophetstown State Park
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
All Day  
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Salamonie Lake
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Thursday, August 07, 2014
End Time 3:30 PM  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Prophetstown State Park
Friday, August 08, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Saturday, August 09, 2014
   
9:00 AM  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM Monroe Lake
3:00 PM  
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Prophetstown State Park
8:30 PM  
Sunday, August 10, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Monday, August 11, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Mounds State Park
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Prophetstown State Park
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Thursday, August 14, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Friday, August 15, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Saturday, August 16, 2014
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM See Event Details
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Natural Resources Building, Indiana State Fairgrounds
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM See Event Details
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
8:45 PM - 9:45 PM Monroe Lake
Sunday, August 17, 2014
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Monroe Lake
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM See Event Details
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Mounds State Park
Friday, August 22, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM See Event Details
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  
Saturday, August 23, 2014
   
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Potato Creek State Park
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area
See Event Details
Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM See Event Details
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Monroe Lake
12:00 PM  
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Monroe Lake
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM Monroe Lake
Sunday, August 24, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Monroe Lake
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monroe Lake
Monday, August 25, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Monroe Lake
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Mounds State Park
Thursday, August 28, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM