Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan outdoors news and tips
- Published on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 15:20
(Provided by Indiana DNR)
The Indiana DNR is looking for volunteers for a new study called "Snapshot IN" that will use trail cameras to gather information on Indiana wildlife.
Volunteers must have at least 10 acres and be willing to set up a trail camera provided by the DNR on their property this fall. The DNR hopes to find between 20 and 100 volunteers, according to wildlife biologist Shawn Rossler.
"Gathering accurate data on the distribution and relative abundance of wildlife species statewide can be extremely challenging for biologists," Rossler said. "Working with citizen scientists, the DNR hopes to understand how animals are using various land types in Indiana."
Snapshot IN will run during October and November, when many wildlife species are active.
The DNR will provide each landowner with the same camera model, with the same settings.
- Published on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 21:21
By Louie Stout
Hoosier Sydney Carson is shown competing in an
international meet in Italy
Huntin’ ain’t just ‘fer old bearded guys who chew tobacco, drink Jack Daniels and go to the woods just to kill somethin’.
Of course, that silly stereotype espoused by the anti-hunting public is even less true today.
In fact, hunting isn’t just for guys, period.
It’s become a woman’s world, too.
The numbers don’t lie. In Indiana, the number of women who bought hunting licenses soared by 93 percent from 2006 to 2014.
It’s a national trend, too. A National Sporting Goods Association survey showed that the number of female hunters has risen 85 percent from 2001 to 2013.
- Published on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:25
(Provided by Michigan DNR)
It's no secret that Michigan offers some of the best Canada goose hunting anywhere in the world. But many waterfowl hunters, whose perspective only covers the last 30 years or so, might have a hard time believing it wasn't always that way. Michigan's resident Canada goose population - which produces the lion's share of the annual harvest ñ was virtually nonexistent a century ago and not especially noteworthy five decades later.
"Back in the '50s, it was a rare thing to see a Canada goose in this state," said Barbara Avers, the waterfowl specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. "It was rare for hunters to kill a goose. It was a pretty big deal.
"The restoration program has been exceptionally successful."