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Reserved Turkey Hunt Check-In Time Changed

 

Turkey hunters drawn for reserved hunts at eastern or central Indiana public properties will not need to register at the property until 5:30 a.m. "The sunrise is later in the day in areas that have changed to Eastern Daylight Time, so we can register the hunters a little later in the morning," said DNR wildlife biologist Mark Reiter.

The DNR's reserved turkey hunt drawing was March 20. Applicants were notified of the results by mail. However, the notice was printed before time change details were finalized and successful applicants in both new time zones were told to register at properties at 4:30 a.m.

Public reserved turkey hunts starting one hour later (5:30 EDT) because of recent time changes are at:Pigeon River FWA, Tri-County FWA, Wilbur Wright FWA, Atterbury FWA, Minnehaha FWA, Hillenbrand FWA, Fairbanks Landing FWA, Crosley FWA, Splinter Ridge FWA, Mississinewa Lake, Salamonie Lake, Roush Lake, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Atterbury Military Maneuver and Training Center.

Hunters applied for reserved hunts before March 15 through the DNR's Website or via a mail-in card enclosed in the 2005-2006 Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Hunters could apply for reserved turkey hunting dates at 16 DNR properties, one military property and two national wildlife refuge areas during the 2006 spring turkey season.

The 2006 spring turkey season runs through May 14.

 

DNR reserved turkey hunts details

Jasper-Pulaski, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Willow Slough, Winamac, Crosley and Splinter Ridge Fish and Wildlife areas and Roush, Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes will conduct five, three-day reserved hunts and two, two-day reserved hunts. Hunting dates for these areas are:May 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14

After the reserved hunts, Atterbury, Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Hovey Lake, Hillenbrand and Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife areas will be open for turkey hunting to May 14.

A daily drawing may be held each morning at the property, if necessary, to allocate hunting locations. A hunter must obtain a daily hunting permit at the property's check station to legally hunt on these fish and wildlife areas.

Kankakee and Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife areas and several reservoirs will offer self-service check-in hunting for the entire spring wild turkey season, through May 14, 2006.

Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area conducts five, two-day hunts at Atterbury Military Maneuver and Training Center. Atterbury Military Maneuver and Training Center reserved hunts take place on the following dates:May 8, 9, 10 & 11

Selected hunters must be checked in at the property check station by 4:30 a.m. at properties on Central Daylight Time, or 5:30 a.m. at properties on Eastern Daylight Time. Hunting spots that are not claimed by check-in time will be filled with stand-by hunters. Roush Lake, Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand, Splinter Ridge Fish and Wildlife areas, Mississinewa and Salamonie reservoirs will not conduct no-show drawings.

For additional information, call the property office where you wish to hunt.

Purchase a sport license: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/,

DNR property information:
http://www.in.gov/dnr/destinations/list.html,

Wild turkey hunting regulations:
http://www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/huntguide1/hunting1.htm

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