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FEAST OF THE HUNTERS' MOON

 

Tippecanoe County Historical Association's Feast Of The Hunters' Moon will be held Saturday, October, 13 (9am to 5pm) & Sunday, October 14 (9am to 4pm) at Fort Ouiatenon, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Step back into time and experience life at a French outpost along the Wabash River during the 1700s. What a sensory threat for you and your family! You'll see the pageantry and splendor of authentic dress-whether French fur trader, Native American, or colonial British frontiersman. You'll enjoy watching lace making, wood turning, scrimshaw, blacksmithing, and rope making. Your spirits will soar as you see traditional dances of each culture, a competitive lacrosse demonstration, and the re-enactment of the voyageurs' landing on the Wabash riverbank.

And the unmistakably delectable aromas! You won't be satisfied until you taste what's cooking in those black kettles. Savor the apple dumplings, Brunswick stew, French onion soup, herbal pork chops, parched corn, frybread, or catfish. And what will you hear? The pulsating throb of Native American drums, the distinctive fife and drum corps, entrancing Native American stories, and the lilt of French folk songs. Bring our imagination, and let the 'Feast' do the rest.

NOTE: No pets, except assistance animals, are permitted on the event grounds. Directions, shuttle bus, and parking information may be obtained by contacting The Association by phone, fax, e-mail, or by checking our web site. The 'Feast' is held in the primitive setting of fort Oulatenon Historic Park, on South River Road, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana. Tippecanoe County Historical Association, 909 South Street, Lafayette, IN 47901, 765-476-8402, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or web site at: www.tcha.mus.in.us.

Information on overnight accommodations may be obtained by contacting the Greater Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau, 301 Frontage Road, Lafayette, IN 47905 – www.lafayette-in.com.

HUNTERS ENCOURAGED TO PRACTICE BEFORE SEASON

(The DNR provides ranges at many properties.)

Indiana's early archery deer season opens on Oct. 1 and firearms season opens on Nov. 17. To ensure a successful and safe hunt, DNR Law Enforcement Director Col. Bruce Clear encourages hunters to practice target shooting before going afield. "Make sure your aim is true. Even accomplished shooters should make sure that their equipment is operating properly and that they can shoot accurately before going hunting," said Clear.

Many fish and wildlife areas, state forests and state reservoirs have archery or firearm ranges. The ranges are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, and shooters need to bring their own equipment and paper targets. Some DNR ranges are staffed by range safety officers. Call ahead to check on hours of operation.

A new state-of-the-art shooting range is open at Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife area near LaPorte, Ind. Call (219) 393-1128 for information on Kingsbury range hours and fees.

Practice ranges are listed in the 2001-2002 Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide, available where hunting licenses are sold. The guide also lists many private shooting ranges open to the public. Shooting range information is available on line at:

http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/huntguide1/range.htm

Practice tips:

*Practice shooting with the same equipment you use when hunting.*Practice at the same distances that you will shoot in the field.

*Wear similar type and quantity of clothing as you would wear while hunting. Practicing in light clothing but hunting in heavy clothes can affect your shooting.

*Practice in various wind conditions. When hunting, you don't have control over weather. Be prepared ahead of time for windy conditions.

*Practice your range estimating skills to estimate distances accurately.

*Practice shooting at different distances to learn your equipment's ability.

Wild Bulletin provides information about Indiana's natural resources and recreation. To subscribe to Wild Bulletin go to: http://www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/listsrv.htm

Visit the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife website at: http://wildlife.IN.gov

 

2001–2002 HUNTING SEASON IN WAYNEDALE, INDIANA AREA

Squirrel – August 15 to December 31 – limit 5 per day

Ruffed Grouse – October 1 to December 31 – limit 2 per day

Pheasant (cock only) – November 9 to December 23 – limit 2 per day

Quail – November 9 to December 23 – limit 5 per day

Rabbit – November 9 to January 31, 2002 – limit 5 per day

Crow – December 13 to March 1, 2002 – no limit

Frog – June 15 to April 30, 2002 – limit 25 per day

Red and Gray Fox – October 15 to February 28, 2002 –

Coyote – October 15 to February 28, 2002

Raccoon & Opossum – November 8 to January 31, 2001

Deer – Early archery – October 1 to December 2

Firearms – November 17 to December 2

Muzzleloader – December 8 to December 2

Late archery – December 8 to January 6, 2002

Cross Bow – Late archery season – December 8 to January 6, 2002 only - 125lb. Pull - mechanical safety – archery license required

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Ray McCune
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He has lived in Waynedale for over 45 years. He has taken to his lifelong dream of being a full time Outdoor Freelance Writer and author. Ray has authored one book and has written Kampfire Kookin' as well as other outdoors articles for the newspaper.
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