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1997 Indiana Fishing and Hunting Dates Set
- Subject: 1997 Indiana Fishing and Hunting Dates Set
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- Date: Sat, 18 Jan 1997 10:44:58 -0500 (EST)
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From: Steven Culp <steven_culp_at_dnrlan@IMA.ISD.STATE.IN.US>
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St. W255 B
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 1997
CONTACT: Mark Cottingham, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 317/232-4080
DNR Fish and Wildlife sets 1997 program dates
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and
Wildlife has set a variety of program and season dates for 1997.
Feb. 21-March 2
Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show
The DNR sells hunting and fishing licenses at the Indianapolis Boat,
Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 21 through March 2, at the Indiana State
Fairgrounds. Indiana sports licenses for 1996-97 expire on Feb. 28. In
addition, fish and wildlife staff is available to answer questions on
fish and wildlife resources.
Free Fishing Weekend
The division offers “Free Fishing Weekend,” June 7-8. During this
weekend, Indiana residents may fish without a state fishing license in
Indiana waters. The weekend was created by the Indiana General Assembly
in 1995 and is designated each year by the director of the Department of
Natural Resources to promote angling as a recreational activity.
As part of Free Fishing Weekend, the DNR hosts free fishing activities
for kids on Saturday, June 7, 1997. This youth program aims at teaching
Hoosiers how to fish. Fishing activities are conducted at various state
fish and wildlife areas, state parks and reservoirs around the state.
Specific locations and times are announced in May.
Indiana Hunting and Outdoors Expo
Division staff is on hand to sell hunting and fishing licenses at this
hunting exposition at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the weekend of
July 25-27. Wildlife biologists and division staff are available to
discuss upcoming hunting seasons and programs.
Indiana State Fair display and programs
The division displays examples of Indiana fish and wildlife resources
at the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 6-17. On display are four different
wildlife habitats in Indiana – backyard habitat, woods, wetlands and
agricultural edge habitat. Each habitat type features live animals
typical for that habitat.
In addition, the state fisheries personnel displays an assortment of
fish species in outside holding ponds and display aquariums. As part of
the division’s State Fair participation, the division sponsors a series
of education programs. The education sessions highlight wildlife
rehabilitation, specific animals as well as other wildlife topics.
Wild Game Cookout
During the State Fair, the division hosts the annual “Wild Game
Cookout,” Saturday, Aug. 9, at the DNR Building. Indiana sportsmen’s
groups cook samples of game foods such as venison sausage, beaver
barbecue, steelhead trout and more. The Wild Game Cookout is free to
fair visitors. Service begins at 11 a.m.
1997 hunting and trapping seasons
To aid sportsmen in planning outdoor activities this year, the
Department of Natural Resources announces the 1997 hunting and trapping
seasons for the following game species. These seasons are set by
Division of Fish and Wildlife administrative rules.
Hunting Dates Trapping Dates
Beaver – Nov. 15, 1997–March 15, 1998
Red and Gray Fox, Coyote Oct. 15, 1997–Feb. 28, 1998 Oct. 15, 1997–Jan.
Weasel, Mink, Muskrat – Nov. 15, 1997–Jan. 31, 1998
Raccoon and Opossum Nov. 8, 1997–Jan. 31, 1998 Nov. 15, 1997–Jan. 31,
Skunk – Oct. 15, 1997–Jan. 31, 1998
Dog Running (Raccoon and Opossum) Feb. 15, 1997–Oct. 24, 1997
Wild Turkey April 23, 1997–May 11, 1997
Squirrel Aug. 15, 1997–Dec. 31, 1997
Ruffed Grouse Oct. 1, 1997–Dec. 31, 1997
Early Archery Oct. 1, 1997–Nov. 30, 1997
Late Archery Dec. 6, 1997–Jan. 4, 1998
Firearms Nov. 15, 1997–Nov. 30, 1997
Muzzleloader Dec. 6, 1997–Dec. 21, 1997
Pheasant Nov. 7, 1997–Dec. 21, 1997
Designated state areas Nov. 7, 1997–Jan. 15, 1998
North of S.R. 26 Nov. 7, 1997–Dec. 21, 1997
South of S.R. 26 Nov. 7, 1997–Jan. 15, 1998
Rabbit Nov. 7, 1997–Jan. 31, 1998
Designated state areas Oct. 1, 1997–Jan. 31, 1998
Seasons for early migratory game birds will be announced in late July.
Waterfowl hunting dates will be available in mid-August. Migratory birds
and waterfowl are regulated by federal laws. These seasons are
established by the Division of Fish and Wildlife with public input then
approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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