Daily deer harvest numbers, fall trout stockings and Goose Pond update

Wild Bulletin

Daily deer harvest numbers available online

Deer harvest numbers can now be viewed daily thanks to DNR’s CheckIN Game System. Hunters are required to check in their deer using the CheckIN Game system, either online, by phone, or at an on-site check station. All data is put directly into the CheckIN game database. This allows DNR to report harvest numbers on a daily basis.
The harvest total is updated every 24 hours at midnight and posted at deer.dnr.IN.gov. All numbers are raw data and unofficial until DNR Fish & Wildlife biologists verify the data after the deer hunting season ends.

Three options to check your game

DNR has moved to an all online check system for reporting harvested deer and wild turkey.
Hunters can visit an on-site check station, call 1-800-419-1326 or enter it online at CheckIN Game. Visiting a traditional on-site check station or using online services is free. There is a $3 service fee for the phone-in option.

Instructions on how to use the system can be found at www.checkingame.dnr.in.gov
You can also locate your customer identification number and print your temporary deer transportation tag or temporary turkey transportation tag.


Fall trout stockings complete at southern Indiana lakes 

The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife has stocked more than 1,800 rainbow trout at three lakes in southern Indiana. The locations and numbers:

Garvin Park Lake in Evansville - 825
Johnson Park Lake in Madison - 475
Oak Lake in Clark State Forest - 555

DNR to monitor deer disease at check stations

DNR Fish & Wildlife biologists will collect tissue samples on Nov. 14 from hunter harvested deer at several on-site check stations on Nov. 14. The samples will be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) or Tuberculosis (TB). Find a list of participating check stations by selecting “yes” under the disease sampling dropdown list.

Indiana receives Chinook salmon eggs from Wisconsin 

Wisconsin and Indiana fisheries biologists worked together earlier this month to save Indiana’s plan for stocking Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan in 2016.

Indiana normally receives Chinook eggs each year from Michigan, but record-low numbers of fish returning to streams from Lake Michigan to spawn left Michigan unable to spare eggs for Indiana.

On short notice, the Wisconsin DNR offered to let Indiana use the Root River Steelhead Facility in Racine, Wisconsin, as a backup source for Chinook salmon eggs. Read more

Goose Pond

Goose Pond FWA office and visitors center takes shape

The 6,840-square-foot building at Goose Pond Fish & Wildlife Area is under construction and set to be complete by early winter. Check out the progress so far.

Hunting and trapping seasons beginning in November

Deer firearms: Nov. 14 - 29
Pheasant: Nov. 1- Dec. 15
Rabbit: Nov. 1 - Feb. 28, 2016
Raccoon, Opossum: Nov. 8 - Jan. 31, 2016
– (north of Interstate 74): Nov. 1 – Dec. 15
– (south of Interstate 74): Nov. 1 – Jan. 10, 2016
Canada Geese:
– Central Zone: Nov. 21 – Jan. 24, 2016
– South Zone: Nov. 28 – Jan. 31, 2016 
Ducks, Coots, Mergansers: 
– Central Zone: Nov. 21- Jan. 10, 2016
– South Zone: Nov. 28 – Jan. 17, 2016

Beaver: Nov. 15 – March 15, 2016
Mink, Muskrat, Weasel: Nov. 15 – Jan. 31, 2016
Raccoon, Opossum: Nov. 8 – Jan 31, 2016
River Otter: Nov. 15 – March 15, 2016

All waterfowl seasons

All hunting and trapping seasons

Visit hunting.IN.gov for more information.

Don't forget to purchase your license. Get it easily online.

Deer hunting checklist

Ever feel as if there are so many things to do before, during, and after a hunt that you need a list? We've got you covered

Additional waterfowl opportunities at Reynolds Creek  

Reynolds Creek Gamebird Habitat Area in Porter County now has two units available for waterfowl hunting.

The units will be included in the daily draw at the Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area check station at 4:30 a.m. Central Time.

One party (2 or 3 hunters per party) will be drawn per unit, with hunts offered on Sundays and Wednesdays only. More information


Deer processing videos on YouTube

A collection of deer processing videos is available on DNR’s YouTube channel. The videos show Purdue Extension Educators skinning, quartering, and preparing certain cuts of meat. 

Skinning - Quartering - Loins and Foreleg - Hind Quarter

DNR, partners will improve fish habitat in new program  

A new DNR partnership will build fish habitat in reservoirs where natural structure is lacking.

The Reservoir Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program (RAHEP) will start in the winter of 2016 with improvements at Sullivan Lake, a 451-acre reservoir in Sullivan County.
Partners include Jones and Sons Concrete, Bass Unlimited, Sullivan County Parks, and Sullivan County Jail.

Inmates from the Sullivan County Jail will cut lumber for fish cribs. The structures are made from green poplar and look like a small log cabin, creating refuge for fish. Inmates will work with Sullivan County Parks and Sullivan Lake staff to prepare materials and assist with building the fish cribs. More information

14 state parks scheduled for deer reduction hunts

Select Indiana state parks will close for four days to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks. The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 16-17, and Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

The state parks affected are Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run and Versailles.

Upcoming events at Fish & Wildlife Areas

Kingsbury Youth Trapping workshop, Nov. 7-8 
Deer Hunt for Disabled Veterans Roush FWA, Nov. 21 
Roush River Women’s Pheasant Hunt, Nov. 29 
Pigeon River Woman’s Pheasant Hunt, Dec. 8

Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund needs your help

The Sportsman’s Benevolence Fund provides funding that helps get venison to food banks to feed hungry Hoosiers. Hunters can donate field-dressed deer to a participating processor. There is no cost to the hunter and provides a great meal for those in need. Here's a list of processors by county.

NRC meets at Fort Harrison State Park

The Natural Resources Commission will conduct its regular bi-monthly meeting at 10 a.m., Nov. 17 in The Garrison Ballroom at Fort Harrison State Park. The agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

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About Fish and Wildlife Management in Indiana 

Fish and wildlife management and public access are funded by fishing and hunting license revenue and also through the Sport Fish & Wildlife Restoration Programs administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. These programs collect excise taxes on sporting arms and ammunition, archery equipment, fishing equipment, and motor boat fuels. The money is distributed among state fish and wildlife agencies based on land size and the number of licensed anglers and hunters in each state. Find out more information about fish and wildlife management in Indiana at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild.