Tag Archives: Hunting

Deer hunters could be charged after bobcat kill

 Two hunters — one from Linton — may face charges of illegally killing a bobcat in southwestern Greene County near the old Hawthron coal mine property.

Joe Whitehead, 48, of Linton, and Andy Dyers, 28, of Indianapolis, both face a possible class C misdemeanor charge for the illegal harvest of a protected furbearer following an investigation by Conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

During the investigation, the Conservation officer determined a bobcat might have been killed and ditched on a nearby roadway.

“One of them (the hunters) came across them (a bobcat) while they were out hunting. They were deer hunting, but one of them shot a bobcat,” Indiana Conservation Officer Mike Gregg, of rural Bloomfield, told The Greene County Daily World.

READ MORE:   Greene County Daily World: Local News: Two deer hunters could be charged after bobcat kill 11/22/11.

Teen Killed In Dubois County Hunting Accident

ST. ANTHONY, Ind. — State wildlife officials said a 15-year-old boy died after he was shot while deer hunting in southern Indiana.

State conservation officers said Nicholas Messmer, of French Lick, was wounded while hunting with a family member Sunday afternoon near the Dubois County town of St. Anthony.

READ MORE: Teen Killed In Apparent Hunting Accident – Indiana News Story – WRTV Indianapolis.

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.

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.

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.

Apply for reserved hunts now!

It’s not too early to think about hunting season as online applications for reserved hunts at DNR properties are now being accepted.

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

Hunters may apply for a reserved hunt online by visiting http://www.indianaoutdoor.in.gov/ and clicking on the “Register for a Reserved Hunt” link, beginning July 1. The online method is the only way to apply.

All applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the hunt for which they apply. All applications must be completed by the application deadline to be eligible for the drawing. Hunters will be selected through a random drawing. All drawing results will be posted at http://www.wildlife.in.gov/ within a week after application deadlines.

  • Dove Hunt Draw
    Online application must be completed by July 31
  • Military/Refuge Firearm and Archery Deer Hunt Draw
    Online application must be completed by Aug. 28. Hunts on Military/Refuge properties may be cancelled at any time.
  • State Park Deer Reduction Hunts
    Online application must be completed by Aug. 28
  • Youth Firearm Deer Hunt at Muscatatuck National Widlife Refuge
    Online application must be completed by Aug. 28
  • Pheasant Hunt Draw
    Online application must be completed by Oct. 2. Adults should not apply for the Nov. 25 hunt. Nov. 25 is reserved for youth (17 and younger) only.

Applications for waterfowl draw hunts begin in late August. Pheasant put-and-take and state park goose will be available in September.

For more information on military/refuge hunt opportunities, call (812) 334-3795 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.

More information is available in the Hunting & Trapping Guide online at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/5834.htm.