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Waterfowl Control Operators Workshop | Sports

The 2022 Waterfowl Workshop for Waterfowl Control Operators (WCOs) will be held on January 25 from noon to 3:30 pm The workshop will be held virtually. The workshop is required for all contractors wishing to achieve OMD qualification to perform waterfowl trapping, transporting, relocation and / or euthanasia for rent in Indiana during 2022.

All first-time MDGs must attend the workshop to be eligible to work as an MDG in 2022. Participation is also encouraged for all MDGs, but people who have attended the workshop over the years previous ones can choose to test it. Those interested in taking the test should contact Debbie Walter at [email protected] or 812-789-2724. The 2022 exam will be available on February 1.

Employees of WCO subcontractors are welcome to attend the workshop, but it is only required for people who will physically perform the trapping, transport, relocation and / or euthanasia of waterfowl at rental purposes.

Those wishing to gain qualifying status for the euthanasia of geese for the first time will also need to provide the division with a certificate of attendance at the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) Goose Management Course or complete a course approved by the Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW). one hour equivalent goose lesson. Before waterfowl management activities can be legally carried out, the MDGs must ensure that the DFW has received all the necessary documents.

Registration before January 17 is required to participate in the virtual workshop. Once registered, participants will receive the link to the webinar and training material. To register or for more information, contact Jessica Merkling, Urban Wildlife Biologist, at [email protected] or 260-244-6805.

Ice hikes at Turkey Run SP

Turkey Run State Park is bringing back its ice hikes in 2022. They will be offered every Saturday and Sunday in January and February starting January 8, with the exception of January 29 and 30 which are the dates of the Eagles weekend. in Flight from the park. All hikes will start at 11 a.m. and last until approximately 12:30 p.m.

Hikers will have four options. Naturalists will lead participants through Rocky Hollow and the Punchbowl, Box Canyon and Gypsy Gulch, the Ice Box and Bear Hollow, or Turkey Run Hollow and the canyon along Trail 7. Advance registration for hikes popular can be done at turquierunicehike.eventbrite.com.

Boot crampons will be available free of charge during the hikes if necessary. Participants should be able to lift both legs at a 90 degree angle. Spikes are also available for rent all winter from the Nature Center for $ 3 for two hours, and adult and youth sizes are available. A naturalist will be available to help hikers put on crampons.

Hikes and routes are subject to change due to weather. Standard park entry fees of $ 7 per vehicle in-state and $ 9 per vehicle out-of-state apply. Turkey Run National Park (on.IN.gov/turkeyrunsp) is located at 8121 East Park Rd. Marshall, Indiana 47859.

LARE 2022 application deadline

The deadline for submitting Lake and River Improvement Applications (LARE) for 2022 projects is January 15, 2022. The LARE program strives to protect and enhance aquatic habitat for fish and wildlife while ensuring the continued viability of Indiana’s publicly accessible lakes, rivers and streams. streams. The program provides protection and enhancement through measures reducing diffuse pollution by sediments and nutrients.

Technical and financial support for eligible projects is provided to applicants through the LARE program. Improving wetlands, stabilizing riverbanks and eliminating congestion are just a few projects for which LARE funds can be allocated. To view a full list of eligible project types, as well as additional information about LARE, see lare.dnr.IN.gov.

Applications must be completed and submitted electronically.

Three DNR firing ranges increase costs

Effective January 1, 2022, the pricing structures for Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA), JE Roush Lake FWA and Deer Creek FWA Ranges change.

The new fees are:

  • Deer Creek FWA: Rifles and pistols will cost $ 5 / day or $ 2 / day for youth under the age of 18. An annual pass will not be available in 2022.
  • JE Roush Lake FWA: Rifles and pistols will cost $ 5 / day. An annual pass will be available for $ 100. Fees for youth under 18 will be $ 2 / day. The range of shotguns will remain at $ 5 / round.
  • Kingsbury FWA: Rifles and pistols will cost $ 5 / day. An annual pass will be available for $ 100. Fees for youth under 18 will be $ 2 / day.

On all properties, young shooters must be accompanied by an adult.

Indiana’s Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) currently operates 12 ranges in the state. The Atterbury and Willow Slough FWAs have modern concessionary-operated ranges, Kingsbury, JE Roush Lake and Deer Creek FWAs have modern self-managed ranges of DFW staff, and seven other properties of DFW have traditional ranges operated by DFW staff. For more information on DNR ranges, including times, please see at.IN.gov/dnrshootingranges.

Mississinewa Lake Firewood Permit

The public is invited to cut down some felled trees in Mississinewa Lake for firewood. Trees eligible for firewood have fallen as a result of natural causes or have been abandoned by facility staff. They are found along roadsides or in public spaces such as campsites and picnic areas.

Permit sales begin January 3 and end March 31. The cost of a truckload is $ 10. All proceeds will be used for resource management and restoration efforts, including replacing trees in campgrounds and other public spaces.

A firewood permit must be obtained for each load at the park office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily at the Mississinewa Lake office or gatehouse. Permits are not available on observed holidays. Wood can be cut and removed between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 765-473-6528.

Firewood cut from Mississinewa Lake is for personal use only and may not be sold. Mississinewa Lake (on.IN.gov/mississinewalake) is located at 4673 S. 625 E. Peru, Indiana.

‘Until next time,

Jack

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