FISHING GUIDE AVAILABLE
The new 2004 Indiana Fishing Guide is now available through your local bait stores and some local department stores that sell fishing gear. It gives important and useful fishing information such as: License information, General Fishing Regulations, aquatic invader information, information about Lake Michigan and inland trout, bass regulations, Ohio River regulations, a consumption advisory, Indiana Record fish Programs, Fish Records, information on Fish and Wildlife Areas, law enforcement districts, pictures of what you are fishing for, and lots of information as to where to fish in Indiana.
The Fishing Guide is FREE for the asking.
The new 2004 Indiana Hunting Guide will not be available until later in the year, closer to fall when hunting season starts.
FOX ISLAND SPRING TRAIL GUIDE WORKSHOPS FOR 2004
Are you interested with sharing your outdoors with others? Join Fox Island's Trail Guides! You don't have to be an 'expert' to guide groups-just have a willingness to learn and an interest in sharing nature. This is a great way to learn about Fox Island. All workshops are FREE and open to trail guides and all other interested adults.
April 3, 2004 at the Fox Island Nature Center from 9am to 12noon. Join us at 8:30am for coffee and doughnuts. One of Fox Island's favorite speakers, Chris Barlow, will share her knowledge of Fox Island's amphibians. Her reptile presentation last fall was terrific – you'll leave this workshop with lots of toad, salamander, and frog facts.
April 24, 2004 from 9am to 12noon. Join us at 8:30am for coffee and doughnuts. Christian Schult, of the Fox Island education staff, will help us with 'stations', those short but important presentations often requested by school groups. This is what trail guides do with groups on rainy days! We will also take a walk through Fox Island's woods and learn what other trail guides and staff share with park visitors along the trail. Participants should dress to be outdoors.
Register for these workshops by calling the Allen County Parks Department at 449-3180. Workshops are sponsored by the Fox Island Alliance and Allen County Parks Department.
FIRST HIKE AT TRIBAL TRAILS
Presented by Carolyn McNagny, Executive Director, ACRES
With dramatic topography and more than 2 miles of hiking trails, Tribal Trails presents outstanding views of the Salamonie River and the Salamonie Forest Nature Preserve.
When: Saturday, March 20th at 10am
Where: Tribal Trails or Camp Kokiwanee (former Girl Scout Camp), Wabash County. Take US 2 west of Huntington to SR 524 and turn south. Go through Lagro on 524, which will take you by
Hanging Rock. Hanging Rock Road turns into 500 E and then 50 South as it curves. Tribal Trails is located on south side of 50 South.
Info: For more information about this hike, call ACRES at (260)422-1004. Dress for the weather and remember, "Take only pictures, leave only footprints."
RULE PROPOSALS PRESENTED AT PUBLIC HEARING
A public hearing on proposed changes to Indiana's fish and wildlife administrative rules is scheduled for March 25. The Department of Natural Resources is proposing more than 30 rule changes To protect wildlife while addressing enforcement, legal and social concerns. Changes to deer and turkey hunting laws, fishing regulations, turtle regulations and state endangered species listings are being considered. The creation of a fall turkey season, extending the coyote season, and establishing new brown trout regulations at Brookville tailwater are a few of the rule proposals that hunters and anglers proposed.
Rule changes preliminarily adopted by the Natural Resources Commission are available online at: http://www.in.gov/nrc/minutes/current_agenda/7.pdf
The hearing takes place March 25, 5 to 8 p.m. at Indiana Government Center South, Conference Center Room A, 402 W. Washington, Indianapolis, Ind.
Written comments can be sent to: Hearing Officer Natural Resources Commission, 402 W. Washington Street, W272, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Written comments must be received by March 26. A copy of the public hearing report will be available at www.IN.gov/nrc prior to final consideration by the Natural Resources Commission. The NRC will likely consider rules for final adoption in May. If approved by the attorney general and governor, the changes will become effective in late 2004; the first fall turkey hunting season will be in 2005.
For information on the administrative rule review process, go to: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/about/rules.htm
Individuals who need reasonable modifications for effective participation in public meetings should call the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife ADA coordinator at (317) 232-4080 (voice and TDD).
COME ONE! COME ALL!
Visit me at the Fort Wayne Sports, Vacation and Boat Show this weekend March 11-14 at the Memorial Coliseum. I'll be the good looking Irishman in the GadAbout booth autographing my book, How To Eat A Wild Green Pancake and other humorous tales. Also available will be campground information, GadAbouts and of course, The Waynedale News. Kids Day at the show is on Saturday, March 13th. Free tackle boxes to the first 500 kids (under 12 years of age).