Monday, October 26, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020

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A Hunting Lesson With My Son

Are you ready to go dove hunting with me buddy?” I ask my son, Sway, as he runs to me from the entrance of his preschool. My four year old grins wide and lets out an excited, “Woop!” as he jumps into my arms. Dove hunting, just him and I, is a...

Fall Turkey Hunting A Dying Tradition

Friends and I were talking the other day about the future of hunting. Our...

Early Archery Season Offers Escape

Perhaps more so than in any other year of my life, I am...

Big Bucks Follow Waxing Moon

I have said it before: just when I think there can be no new concept related to moon phases and deer movement,...

The Dirty History of Indiana Rivers

In my opinion it doesn’t get any better than river fishing. Casting a lure or fly to a native smallmouth bass and...

Can Fishing Be Too Good?

Think back, have you ever been on a fishing trip and said to your partner “this fishing is fantastic, let’s go home?”...

opinion

The Dirty History of Indiana Rivers

In my opinion it doesn’t get any better than river fishing. Casting a lure or fly to a native smallmouth bass and...

Traveler fears too much time in one perfect place

With Labor Day behind us, and cooler temperatures setting in, it’s time to start the process of reflecting on another summer gone...

Time to Embrace Hunting Season

Have you noticed? We are beginning to see subtle changes leading to one of our most celebrated and beautiful seasons – autumn. Leaves are...

The Looting Of Indiana’s Hunting Heritage

When we watch the looting and destruction during recent rioting, we wonder why anyone would want to destroy their neighborhood and the future of...

Film Explores Climate Change Effect on Water

Convergence is a short film, recently released by Conservation Hawks with the support of numerous partners, that showcases the effects of climate change on...

Now Open: The Sportsman Store!

Currently featuring everything your kitchen needs for fall cooking. 

News

DNR gives advice on managing private ponds

Owners of private ponds and lakes can now find more resources for managing those areas and adding aquatic structures...

DNR properties resume entrance fees, reopen riding trails and restrooms

Turkey Run, Shades and Indiana Dunes state parks, and Deam Lake and Starve Hollow state recreation areas will resume...

DNR announces winners of photo contest

In honor of the state’s Historic Preservation Month, which is May, the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology...

DNR postpones some urban catfish stocking until September

DNR’s urban catfish stocking program will postpone some catfish stocking scheduled for April until late September. The urban catfish program stocks...

Fishing

The Dirty History of Indiana Rivers

In my opinion it doesn’t get any better than river fishing. Casting a lure or fly to a native smallmouth bass and having it smash your offering is the thing dreams are made of. I’ve caught more smallmouth in the last 15 years than I did in the previous 40 – not only more fish but bigger fish.  I don’t think my fishing expertise has soared since 2005, it’s...

Can Fishing Be Too Good?

Think back, have you ever been on a fishing trip and said to your partner “this fishing is fantastic, let’s go home?” Who in their right mind...

Don’t Underestimate Small Streams

In my book small streams provide the best angling experience. There is something very intimate about fishing the little rivers. I’m not really sure at what point...

Gov. Announces New DNR Director

Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks, has been appointed to the top job at the Indiana DNR. Bortner takes over as director on Monday. From the Governor’s press release: “Dan’s...

Hunting

Fall Turkey Hunting A Dying Tradition

Friends and I were talking the other day about the future of hunting. Our optimism isn’t great. We know national numbers are declining, but because of our rural way of life, it doesn’t seem like hunting is in trouble because for us,...

A Hunting Lesson With My Son

Are you ready to go dove hunting with me buddy?” I ask my son, Sway, as he runs to me from the entrance of his preschool. My four year old grins wide and lets out an excited, “Woop!” as he jumps into...

Big Bucks Follow Waxing Moon

I have said it before: just when I think there can be no new concept related to moon phases and deer movement, someone enlightens me. What Georgia hunter Chad Day is specifically interested in: is there a moon phase...

Early Archery Season Offers Escape

Perhaps more so than in any other year of my life, I am ready for archery deer season to open. Thankfully, the wait is just about over. Archery season for deer opens September 15 in Missouri. As often as possible this fall,...

Shooting

“How’d I miss?” Shot-spotting for Shotgunners

“How’d I miss?” It’s a common question for shotgun shooters whether at the range or in the field. Obviously, you shot too high, too low,...

Marksmanship is the mark of a great hunter

Let’s face it: hunters as a group are pretty lousy shots. For all the gun-store talk I hear of off-hand 200-yard instantly-fatal shots, I...

Gear

Steripen Saves the Day with Safe Water

“Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” -The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge I’m not a big fan of English Romantic poets but that famous...

The Portable Solar Panel is Part of the Outdoors

Times sure have changed. Merely a generation ago, people only made phone calls from a landline and there was no email, just the good old postman. When sportsmen headed...

Shimano Caenan Review – Promises, Promises!

Overview – Oh look, a baitcasting reel that says it will limit backlash and be more fishable than the others you’ve tried. Pretty much the same pitch we always...

Ultimate 8×42 Binocular Test Drive

This summer I put five pairs of similarly constructed binoculars, retailing under $500, through the wringer. I tested under different conditions and at different times to ensure that the...

Camping & Hiking

Shopping For A Used RV – You’re Doing It Wrong

Shopping for a used RV? We've got tips! Shopping for a used RV can be exciting and frustrating. There are well maintained units available but there are many more that are poorly maintained or outright abused. Repairs can run into the thousands, or worse, cost more than the RV is...

Martino: Choose your pack wisely

Let’s face it. The days of carrying everything you need for a day afield in your coat pockets are gone. In earlier times hunters...

Destination: Green’s Bluff

If you are looking for a hard-to-find but wholly spectacular hike, try Owen County’s Green’s Bluff Nature Preserve. This gorgeous 563-acre Nature Conservancy property brackets the...

Nature

New Mountain Lion Sighting in Brown County

Monday, March 11th, was a day not unlike most others for Brown County resident James Halcomb until a frantic call from his daughter changed...

Black Bear Sightings Becoming More Frequent

Back in the day, black bears were historically abundant across Indiana and sightings were common. There were good numbers throughout the Hoosier state with...

Significant Indiana news: Black bear hit by motor vehicle near New Albany

New Release 11/19/2018 from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources: A black bear was hit by a motor vehicle on Interstate 64 near mile marker...

Boating

Canoe or Kayak?!?

If you are a fisherman on the cutting edge of technology, carrying the latest I-Phone and know more about Bluetooth than bluegills, chances are...

Are You Trespassing? Know the Rules of Indiana’s Waterways

Due to weather and various things breaking around my house I haven’t been able to get on the water much this summer, so I...

High Water is not a Playground

Attention men and women between 15 and 30 years of age: you are not a whitewater paddler! Oh, a few readers might be part of...

High Water isn’t Whitewater!

With the extremely high rainfall our state has experienced in the last few weeks many river levels are nearing record highs. Most folks have...

Float Trip on the Blue River

This past week WildIndiana Publisher Brent T. Wheat and Field Editor Don Cranfill had the pleasure of joining internationally-known country blues and Americana artist...

Pokagon State Park and Lake James

If you want a state park with easy access Pokagon State Park is the one; it has its own exit, and it is literally...

Kickapoo State Park

This report is not about an Indiana destination, but Kickapoo State Park near Danville, Illinois isn’t far over the western state line, and it...

How to buy a canoe or kayak in Indiana

My editor is stalking me at church now, so I had to get something up here... (editors note: That's true...) I have acquired boats through several...

Cagles Mill Lake Paddling Trip

I finally made it onto the water. After receiving and placing on our boats the non-motorized lake permits covered in earlier articles, we headed...

Project Healing Waters Benefit Kayak Tournament

Exclusive coverage of the 2016 kayak fishing tournament to benefit Project Healing Waters held on Saturday, June 26, 2016.  The annual event was sponsored...

Food & Drink

Arby’s Did It; Is McBambi Next?

No, this isn’t an announcement the number one fast food chain is going to start featuring venison sandwiches at...

Freshwater Shashimi: is it Safe?

Other than slick-talking car salesmen and pretty girls selling raffle tickets, people don’t often “put one over on me”...

Tupelo Honey: Sweets from the Swamp

According to singer Van Morrison, there is nothing sweeter than tupelo honey. His song, “Tupelo Honey,” reached #27 on...

Shore Lunches

The term “shore lunch” congers up visions of walleye fillets bubbling in a hot cast iron skillet, loons calling...

Vacuum Sealer 101 – Preventing Freezer Burn

We hear much about freezer burn but many don’t know what the term means or how to stop it. ...

Archery

Buying A Used Bow – A Dozen Things You Need To Know

A great deal on a used bow or crossbow might just be the worst...

How much archery should you really practice?

Until recently most vertical hunting bows were just sitting around collecting dust. Now, most...

Archery Participation Up Nearly 10 Percent

Though the sale of hunting licenses are in something of a holding pattern in...

Wildlife Food Plots 101 – First Steps

With spring just a few months away many of us are thinking about planting...

Profile

Monday Mornings No Problem for Brad Stout

Statistics say 73 percent of working adults are not happy with their occupations. Then there are people out there who truly love their jobs...

Project Healing Waters Interview

Last Saturday we interviewed Joe Smith and Joe Jackson from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing at the Gander Outdoors store in Castleton for a...

CYC Lures on the rise

For Adam Yeagley, fishing has always been the fabric of his life. Growing up in Eastern Howard County his fondest childhood memories centered on...

Treasures in the Woods found in Delphi

I have always believed our nation’s strength and global economic respect come from huge companies and corporations. But our country’s heart and soul is...

Doctor’s love of fishing leads to lures

Mark Meyer considers himself fortunate. During the work day he finds great pleasure in treating patients, helping them enjoy a healthier life. When the...

Indiana’s Newest Outdoor Manufacturer: American Landmaster

WildIndiana traveled north to watch the grand opening ribbon get cut at Indiana’s newest outdoor-product manufacturer, American Landmaster in Columbia City. American Landmaster makes the...

Will Primos: The Delivery Man

Will Primos sold the famous hunting products company bearing his name back in 2006. That hasn’t slowed him down. In fact, stepping away from...

Thoreau, Muir, Leopold: Three Inspirational Conservationists to Study

Many of our modern conservation principles stem from the teachings of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir and Aldo Leopold. These early American conservationists each...

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