During the 2021 spring turkey season, hunters harvested 12,320 wild turkeys in 91 of Indiana’s 92 counties. This is down 15% from the 2020 harvest, but close to the average harvest of 12,065 birds caught between 2015 and 2019.
Indiana Spring turkey harvest data shows the highest county was Dearborn with a total of 355 birds. During the youth-only weekend, hunters captured 1,198 birds, representing 9% of the harvest. Last year, the majority of birds were caught early in the morning at the start of the season. The estimated number of hunters in the field was 65,254 with an estimated success rate of 19%.
The 2022 spring turkey season runs from April 27 to May 15, with the youth-only season from April 23 to 24. Forecasts for this season call for between 12,000 and 13,000 birds to be harvested, including an increase in the number of jakes captured due to high summer brood success (poult/young turkey survival).
Turkey hunts reserved for DNR youth
Young hunters under the age of 18 on the day of the hunt who wish to hunt on participating MNR properties during the youth-only wild turkey season (April 23-24) can request turkey-only hunts from March 21 to April 1st. Interested young hunters or adult representatives must register in person or by phone during business hours for the property they wish to hunt.
Each youth hunter must have a 2022 Consolidated Youth Hunting and Trapping License, a 2022 Non-Resident Youth Spring Turkey License with Game Bird Habitat Stamp Privilege, or a hunting license complete for life. Apprentice hunter licenses of the types mentioned above can also be used. View information on participating locations, application requirements, season hours, harvest allowances, and accompanying minor regulations.
New license fees for turkey hunting
The season resident spring turkey license fee is $32 plus the annual game bird stamp of $11 for a total of $43. The hunting/trapping permit fee for young residents is $12 with no stamp required. The Youth License is also available to nonresident youth who have a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is an Indiana resident.
Hunting and fishing licenses expire
Indiana sportsmen should remember that their 2021-22 hunting and fishing licenses expire March 31. Indiana’s license fee structure changed effective April 1. Sportsmen must purchase their annual hunting and fishing licenses for 2022-23 now.
Coho salmon stored in northwest Indiana
The Mixsawbah State Hatchery stocked 22,429 coho salmon averaging 8.02 inches in Trail Creek on Feb. 16.
Stocked coho salmon will remain in the streams until next spring when they migrate downstream to Lake Michigan. They will spend one to two years in Lake Michigan, feeding and maturing before returning to the streams where they were stored for spawning.
The stocking is in addition to the 54,139 coho stocked last October in the Little Calumet River and the 29,457 coho stocked in Trail Creek.
Anglers should take care when fishing in both areas. The fish are currently below the legal size limit and are susceptible to capture. If you catch undersized coho, consider moving to another area of the stream or try changing your fishing method. Newly stocked fish are critical to the sustainability of Northwest Indiana’s trout and salmon fisheries.
Ohio Raptor Falls Events
Ohio Falls State Park is hosting a Raptor Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 and an Eagle Watch from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 20.
Raptor Day will include two programs from the Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center in Hardy Lake; Daytime raptors at 11 a.m. and nighttime predators at 2 p.m. Other activities include looking at feathers under a microscope, matching nests with the birds that make them, matching birds with their favorite food, building an osprey nest with one hand. , bird watching from the interpretive center terrace, a bird watching hike and coloring pages for kids to take home.
First edition books by John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson and others will be on display.
The event requires admission to the interpretive center which is $9 for those 12 and older, $7 for ages 5-11, and children 4 and under are free. A state park’s annual pass covers the $2 parking fee, but does not cover admission.
The park’s Eagle Watch will be at the home site of George Rogers Clark. Bald eagles nest on Shippingport Island in the Ohio River and ospreys nest near McAlpine Locks. Telescopes and ornithological experts will help visitors find the birds. The event is free.
Falls Ohio State Park (on.IN.gov/fallsoftheohio) is located at 201 W. Riverside Dr., Clarksville, IN 47129.
‘Till next time,
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