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Well, 2003 has come and gone and so has the deer season. I missed getting a deer this year by a pinched back nerve. My son Patrick scored better; he got a 6-point and a 9-point. Of course he got them in Alabama while he was visiting his in-laws but he did say that he would share some jerky with me if I help him make it. Sounds good to me. I love deer meat and it's not because it's better for you either (it has less marbled fat than beef). I was raised on wild game and as I've often said, "If it weren't for groundhogs (and deer in season), we wouldn't have had meat on the table from Monday through Saturday (Sundays we had either a pot roast or chicken IF we had company). Sometimes we just had a big skillet of cornbread and milk. No complaints; it was good but I loved meat.
I've received some good news from the IDNR (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) and I thought I'd share it with you.

Indiana educators are invited to join Warren Gartner, DNR's Project WILD leader, to explore how animals migrate, hibernate and adapt to live through long, cold winter months. Registration is limited to educators (anyone who teaches or guides children, such as 4-H leaders, Scout leaders, naturalists). The workshop takes place Saturday, January 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. Gartner will present the "Below Zero" curriculum developed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The program teaches participants about wildlife in frozen environments and how to aid their conservation. Project WILD is a supplementary environmental/conservation education program emphasizing wildlife. The program's innovative, hands-on activities are designed for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Project WILD has trained more than 25,000 educators who then assist learners of any age to develop the awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment to make informed decisions and act responsibly concerning wildlife and the environment. To register for the workshop, contact Warren Gartner at (317) 549-0348 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participants should bring a sack lunch and dress warmly (of course). For more details on Project WILD, go to: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/about/edcenter/projectwild.htm

DNR officials presented administrative rule change proposals at a joint meeting of the Indiana Advisory Council for Water and Resource Regulation and the Advisory Council for Lands and Cultural Resources. The proposed rules are the product of input from hundreds of people and intense review by DNR fisheries and wildlife managers and law enforcement officers over the past 12 months. The DNR 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. A proposal to prohibit use of smokeless powder for deer hunting considered early in the rule review process has been dropped from the package. "We received a lot of opposition to the elimination of smokeless powder, so we dropped the proposal," said Glen Salmon, DNR Fish and Wildlife director. "That's what this review process is about. We want to hear what people think of the changes we suggest." The advisory council meeting took place December 16, at Ft. Harrison State Park office on the Indianapolis eastside. The meeting was open to the public. The rule change package was presented to the Natural Resources Commission on January 20, 2004 and a public hearing is to be scheduled for Spring 2004. "More than 800 people have contributed ideas so far. It's great to see so many conservationists getting involved," said Salmon. For information on the rule review process timeline and specific proposals, go to: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/about/rules.htm

Waynedale Woods & Waters will let you know what rule changes have been passed and when they will take effect. Keep reading The Waynedale News and have a HAPPY 'NEWS' YEAR.

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