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NE Indiana hunter dies after fight with deer

ALBION – A northeastern Indiana hunter has died after struggling with a buck he had just shot.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says 62-year-old Paul Smith of Fort Wayne died Monday during a deer reduction hunt at Chain O’Lakes State Park about 20 miles northwest of the city. It says the Noble County coroner says the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly suffered during the struggle.

READ MORE: NE Indiana hunter dies after tussle with shot buck – 13 WTHR.


More from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

ALBION – Indiana Conservation Officers have closed the investigation of a hunter’s death at Chain O’Lakes State Park after the Noble County Coroner’s office ruled the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly from an encounter the hunter had with a deer he shot.

Paul J. Smith, 62, of Fort Wayne, died Monday while participating in the deer reduction hunt at Chain O’Lakes.

According to Conservation Officer Erick Bolt of DNR Law Enforcement, Smith called his son shortly after 9 a.m. and left a voice message that he’d shot a buck. When Smith’s son returned the called around 10:30 a.m., Smith told him that after descending from his treestand to field dress and tag the deer, he discovered the deer was still alive. Smith told his son he scuffled with the deer before killing it with a knife.

Cpl. Bolt said Smith called park officials by cell phone at about 12:30 p.m. to request help in transporting a deer to the reduction hunt check-in station.

A park employee who went to retrieve the deer found Smith unconscious and seated against a tree and relayed Smith’s condition to park officials. Chain O’Lakes property manager Sam Boggs and Indiana Conservation Officer Darren Reed immediately responded. Reed was off duty but at the park as a participant in the deer reduction hunt.

Reed and Boggs attempted to revive Smith with a portable defibrillator but got no response. They initiated CPR until EMS first responders arrived and pronounced Smith dead at the scene.

The coroner’s autopsy revealed lacerations on Smith’s liver that were in line with internal bruising.

Hiker breaks leg at Mississinewa

A northwest Indiana 10-year-old broke her leg Sunday afternoon when a dead tree fell on it during a hike at Mississinewa Reservoir, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said today.

Brooke Price of LaPorte was in stable condition at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, and was expected to be released Tuesday, the DNR said in a statement.

READ MORE: JournalGazette.net – home page | The Journal Gazette | Fort Wayne, IN.

Squirrel hunter shoots deer hunter near North Webster

Conservation Officers are investigating the shooting of a deer hunter Saturday at approximately 3:30 p.m.

3 juveniles were squirrel hunting on the DNR Tri-County Fish & Wildlife property. A 16-year-old hunter reported that he fired two shots at what he thought was a squirrel when 33-year-old Trenton Wogoman shouted, “you shot me!”

READ MORE: Squirrel hunter accidentally shoots a deer hunter in North Webster | ABC57 | South Bend IN News, Weather and Sports | Top Stories.

Hike the “greatest hike in Indiana” August 1

Apparently we missed it.

Last month the USA Today travel section wrote a feature entitled “51 scenic hikes” in which they asked an expert from each state to pick the “One great place to hike” in their state.   Author Sally McKinney picked a hike along the lake in Indiana Dunes State Park.

Here is information from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on your chance to join a special hike led by park naturalists:

From IDNR-

Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services will be offering a special hiking tour Aug. 1 on one of the United States’ “51 greatest hikes,” as picked by USA Today’s Travel section.

This two-hour hike leaves the nature center at 9:30 a.m. and will explore the forested dunes, open grasslands and two park parabolic blowout dunes.

Last month, USA Today named the top 51 hikes, recommended by local experts. Each state had a hike represented for its best scenic or awe-inspiring trek. Indiana Dunes State Park was chosen as Indiana’s best hike.

Trail 9, through the Dunes Nature Preserve, allows visitors to, “enter black oak and maple forest and find dramatic dune country blowouts amid shifting sand hills,” says the article.

The full article is at http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/story/2011/06/51-scenic-hikes/48780180/1.

Hikers should plan for weather conditions and bring a water bottle. The hike is free after the standard gate fee of $5 for Indiana vehicles and $10 for out-of-state vehicles.

For more information, call the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center (219) 926-1390.



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Volunteers needed for Hoosier Outdoor Experience

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Volunteers needed for Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 17-18

Volunteers are needed to help with Indiana’s largest, hands-on outdoor recreation event, the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, Sept. 17-18.

Held at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis, the free event of the Indiana DNR features more than 50 activities and 120 grassroots partners, providing the public opportunities to learn about the outdoors.

Each day, the event opens to the public at 9 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Volunteers and staff are on site an hour before opening and an hour after gates close for setup and tear-down.

More information is available at www.hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov.

To volunteer, contact Cheryl Hampton at (317) 232-1002 or champton@dnr.in.gov.

Don’t call the DNR to ask about pig hunting

PLEASE NOTE: To view an update story on Indiana wild hogs, please visit here

After mention last week in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Wild Bulletin, the topic of wild pig hunting is generating a huge amount of interest right now.

In looking at our own statistics here at WildIndiana.com, this pig hunting article has suddenly become the most-viewed story on the entire website.

Now the Associated Press is jumping on the bandwagon with a story that appeared in the Indianapolis Star.   In it, DNR officials are trying to discourage hunters and request that they not be bothered with questions about secret hog-hunting-hotspots:

“I can tell you from my own nearly 20 years’ experience … that providing location information is counterproductive to … control measures, and that impacted landowners are very adamant in their desires not to have the locations made known,” Steven Backs, a DNR wildlife research biologist, told The Star Press of Muncie. “For many of them, the hog hunter problem is sometimes worse than the hogs themselves.”


Hunters this week sent numerous requests to the DNR asking where they can hunt wild pigs after an agency newsletter reported on new regulations.

“The wild hog problem is being addressed directly by the impacted landowners themselves or by … working with the USDA/DNR in trapping groups of wild hogs — the most effective way to control wild hog numbers — or through landowners’ shooting wild hogs,” the agency informed hunters in a follow-up notice.

 Read more:

Indiana DNR says wild pigs nuisance, not sport | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.