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DNR sets up shop at Indy Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 15-24

The DNR will have a strong presence at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 15-24, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The show is presented by Renfro Productions and opens at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

The DNR's main location is in Tackle Town, in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. The booth is a convenient one-stop shopping opportunity for licenses, state park passes, lake-use permits, Outdoor Indiana magazine, and a State Parks GO! (Get Outside) promotion.

Biologists and Go FishIN volunteers will be on hand throughout the show to share fishing stories and hot spots, answer questions about aquatic invasive species, and share opportunities to learn and volunteer.

The Live Birds of Prey from Hardy Lake’s Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center will be presented Feb. 16 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A “Snakes Alive, Snake Buffett” from O’Bannon Woods State Park will be offered Feb. 17 and 24 during roughly the same hours.

Members of the Indiana Conservation Officers K-9 team will be offered Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public will have an opportunity to interact with the officers and their K-9 partners. All times are subject to change.

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Indiana Conservation Officers are hiring 

The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement is looking to fill Indiana Conservation Officer positions across the state with highly motivated, outdoor-centered individuals. Watch the video above to get a taste of what the job entails.

Anyone interested in a career as a Conservation Officer should go to the Law Enforcement website and complete the pre-screening test. Completion of this test by midnight Feb. 4 is required to be considered for the 2019 hiring process, which starts in late February.



You are always on ‘thin ice’ 

Indiana Conservation Officers are advising citizens across the state of the potential hazards of being on frozen lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

Recent temperatures have brought about thin sheets of ice.

Keep a watchful eye on neighborhood retention ponds, lakes and other waterways for those who may venture out and find themselves in trouble.



State parks take seven of 10 spots in InstaIndiana contest 

If you’re looking for great photos as well as shares and likes on your social media feed, Indiana’s state park properties are the place to be.

That was the overall result of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development's contest that polled voters on which places in Indiana are most "instagrammable."

Brown County State Park finished No. 1, with Indiana Dunes, Turkey Run and Clifty Falls state parks finishing second through fourth, respectively. McCormick’s Creek State Park finished in the sixth spot, Patoka Lake in ninth and Pokagon State Park in 10th.



The Fort Golf Course rated No. 1 in United States 

Want to golf on the No. 1 golf course in the country?

If you’re a Hoosier, you probably won’t even have to pack a suitcase unless you want to play more than one day—and if so, there’s a hotel just steps away from the first hole.

According to, The Fort Golf Course at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis is tops in the U.S. for layout, as voted upon by its readers. Ranked No. 2, by the way, is the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in New York, which has hosted two U.S. Opens in the last 20 years. The Fort hosted The Big Ten Conference women’s golf championship in 2015 and 2016.


Photo winner

2018 overall winner, Nathan Davis, Indianapolis

DHPA hosting annual photo contest 

The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) is once again asking the public for photos for its annual Historic Preservation Month photo contest.

DHPA works to preserve buildings and the built environment, and is looking for photos to celebrate that effort. Specifically, the division is seeking photos of something that has been preserved, is in the process of being preserved, or desperately needs to be preserved.

The subject in the photo must be in Indiana and at least 50 years old. The image must show something that was designed and/or built.

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