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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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 longtime experience and passionate commitment to our state’s great outdoor assets will continue to serve...

New Editor & Publisher for WildIndiana

These first few sentences are coming to you from a center-console fishing boat. It’s mid-July and...

It’s good to be wrong

Everything pointed to the day being wrong. The skies were gray and cloudy, threatening rain, with a steady east wind that...

Late Summer Walleyes in the Weeds

Conventional wisdom calls for walleyes to be found in cool, shallow water during spring and fall, and lurking in deeper water during the heat...

September is Tree Stand Safety Month

It seems like everything has a special day, week or month to celebrate or commemorate it. There’s a national pickle day, safe boating week...

Summer Time: Catfish Time

Fishing for catfish is a summer tradition for many Midwestern families. Though cats can be caught in any season they are are more active...

opinion

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...

DNR Happenings – Do You Have All The Facts?

What comes to mind when you think about the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and its duties? (Let’s be civil, now.) For some, the DNR...

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...

U.S. Bests Russia, or Did We?

Issues between Russia and the USA are big news these days. It’s the cold war, once thought to be over, now heated up again....

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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 Best Approach to Cleaning Fish: The Electric Fillet Knife

Several years back after a successful outing on Kentucky Lake we took our place at the fish cleaning table. A pile of crappies lay in front of me. I plugged in the electric fillet knife and went to work. “I don’t like that,” said a burly guy looking over my shoulder. “Cleaning fish that way leaves too much meat.” There are many ways to clean fish but the electric knife has revolutionized it. Sure there...

Catch a Ton of Tuna

Or more! The popular TV reality show, Wicked Tuna, follows New England fishermen on their quest to catch bluefin tuna, mostly to sell to the Asian sushi market. The fishermen...

Fishing’s Future reaches 1,000,000 participants in Indy on July 28

The following press release from Fishing's Future is being shared as an article due to the local aspect and newsworthy nature of this event: An important milestone in aquatic education...

Asian Carp Aren’t Just A River Problem Anymore

It has never been a question of if they would get here - but when. At first I doubted the biologists, but it looks like they were right after...

Hunting

Hunting Will Always Be Valuable

Go to any town during the opening morning of deer season and you will likely find a group of hunters gathered at a local diner. Even small towns where there is nothing more than a rail crossing, grain elevator and a dwindling main street...

Does social media hurt or help hunting?

Prior to 2000 who could have fathomed this thing called social media. With a click of a mouse we can upload pictures and comments for the entire world to see. So is this good or bad for the tradition of hunting? It’s no secret that...

Falls don’t always happen to the other guy

“The oak limb was as big around as weightlifter’s bicep and cured harder than a Louisville Slugger,” said my friend Randy. For several years he used the limb as his final step to reach his tree stand. The last thing he remembered was hearing...

Which is the best broadhead?

“I can’t wait,” said Jarrod Meyer, trying to subdue his outward excitement. He was referring to the October 1 opener of this year’s early archery deer hunting season. For many, this is akin to a national holiday of sorts. I...

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...

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...

Deer Hunting: It’s About the Ride…

Like any deep rooted love affair, almost any hunter’s obsession with our whitetail deer...

Choosing the Right Crossbow

As many states loosen their regulations on crossbows it’s helping many hunters extend their...

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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