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Bent hooks, snapped line, and broken rods. Just a way of life fishing at Charlie's. Come on out and enjoy th

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Here's a Neat site that I found about showing Indiana State Parks with video's, and with several about Hunter safety and tree stands, plus just to much more in there to explore! Made possible from our Indiana DNR. Thanks!!

 Some great stuff in here!





Indiana Mushroom Hunting Contest


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Hunt for the Big Indiana Morel Mushroom Contest. 


      Beginning April 1,  2014 Indiana Fishing & Hot Spots at  along with the Indiana Fishing website will 

be hosting a mushroom hunting contest.


 The contest will be open to all Indiana residents 18  and older.


  The object of the contest is to find the biggest Morel Mushroom

 anywhere in Indiana. You don't even have to 

 pick it if  you don't want to. Here's how it works.


1. Take a photo of the morel mushroom with a tape measure or ruler beside it. 

Not behind it. Mushroom and ruler must be easy to see in the photo.


No blurry images or pictures from last year will be accepted. 

Gray's, blacks, and the yellow sponge mushrooms will be accepted.


3.  The contest, or sweepstakes is open to all Indiana residents currently living in the Hoosier state over 18 years old. The contest is free to enter, but you must first find a morel mushroom to be eligible for prizes.


4.  All photo's must be of mushrooms found in Indiana

5.  The contest will end on May 31, 2014. Photo's can be submitted up until then. 

6.  Photo's can be posted in our message forums at:  


Photo's can also be mailed to me at:



or US Postal Mail at:


 Indiana Fishing & Hot  Spots        19 Pleasant Drive 

   Martinsville, Indiana     46151 


 We will go through all of the entries at that time to determine a winner. 

 Any tie's or disputes and myself and staff will decide. 

We will also be giving out a Booby prize for the smallest mushroom found. 

We also have lot's of mushrooms found in between the big one, and the

 smallest one, so we will have a prize for that also for best photo. 

 I'll be getting a prize list together in the next few days.  


 Any questions you can email me at: 


Again, this contest is open, and free, to all

 Indiana residents  


Good luck have fun !  

Morel Mushrooms


Historic Mansfield Roller Mill 

participates in mushroom festival

Event Description

The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill will participate in Mansfield’s Mushroom Festival on April 26 and 27. 

The mill will be open both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can explore the historic three-story mill, which contains original 1880s milling equipment. 

Visitors also can sign up for a mushroom hunt. Registration is at Fox’s Overlook from 8 to 10 a.m. both days. Check with Fox’s Overlook for registration fees. 

You can buy or sell morels during the mushroom auction both days or attend on Sunday to see the car show. 

The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill is managed by Raccoon State Recreation Area. 

The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill ( is at 6089 South Mill Road, Mansfield, 47872. 

Contact Information:
Name: Mike Clingerman
Phone: (765) 344-1412

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Spring turkey hunting season starts April 23
Event Description
Indiana's 45th annual spring turkey hunting begins Wednesday statewide, and DNR wildlife research biologist Steve Backs is expecting harvest results similar to last year.
Hunters can kill one male or bearded turkey in the spring season, which runs through May 11. A two-day youth season this past weekend gave young hunters a chance to bag a bird before the regular season opened. 

In 2013, hunters harvested 11,374 birds in 89 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Harrison County led the way with 512 birds. 
"I expect hunters to take 11,000 turkeys, plus or minus a thousand," Backs said.
Indiana instituted turkey hunting in 1970. In 2010, a record 13,742 birds were taken.
In recent seasons, Backs said harvest numbers are trending slightly downward because the turkey population in Indiana and the entire eastern United States is stabilizing. Turkey populations have grown steadily over the last 50 years after states reintroduced the birds to areas where they had been eliminated by loss of habitat and unregulated subsistence hunting. 

“We’re still going to have a good turkey season, but after a few decades of ever increasing harvests, our turkey population growth is stabilizing with a lower level of annual production, something seen in many other states” Backs said.
Wild turkeys were eliminated from Indiana by the early 1900s. A reintroduction program from 1956 to 2004 released almost 3,000 wild-trapped birds throughout the state. 

Now natural disease and predators are catching up with those restored turkey populations, Backs said. Turkey eggs and poults are vulnerable to predators that range from blue jays to coyotes.
“Predators eventually learn there’s something new on the menu,” Backs said.
Weather could also play a role in harvest numbers. The especially frigid winter may have killed more turkeys than normal. And the slow start to spring will mean there is less vegetation in the woods than normal, making it easier for turkeys to see an approaching hunter. 

“Hunters are going to hear turkeys from a longer distance,” Backs said. “But turkeys are going to see hunters coming from a longer distance also.”
Roughly 60,000 hunters pursue turkeys in Indiana. 

To hunt wild turkeys, a valid turkey hunting license (regular or apprentice) and a valid game bird habitat stamp are required. Hunters who have a lifetime comprehensive hunting license, a lifetime comprehensive hunting/fishing license, or a resident youth hunt/trap license do not need to purchase the game bird habitat stamp because it is included with those license types.
An apprentice license is available to anyone, including hunters born after Dec. 31, 1986, who have yet to complete the requirement of hunter education. All persons, regardless of age, are limited to three apprentice licenses in their lifetime. 

Legal turkey hunting equipment includes 10-, 12-, 16-, or 20-gauge shotguns loaded with No. 4, 5, 6, 7 or 7½ pellets; muzzleloading shotguns not smaller than 20-gauge nor larger than 10-gauge; bow and arrow; or crossbow.
Turkeys may be hunted one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except at all DNR fish and wildlife areas and at Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes, where legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until 1 p.m. EDT (noon CDT).
All turkeys must be properly tagged and checked-in at an official turkey check station or through the DNR’s CheckIN Game program ( or 1-800-419-1326). A list of check stations is available in the 2013-2014 Hunting and Trapping Guide or at The phone-in option of CheckIN Game includes a $3 service charge. 
Contact Information:
Name: Phil Bloom
Phone: (317) 232-4003
Sea lamprey control planned for Trail Creek 


in LaPorte County


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will soon apply treatments to Trail Creek in LaPorte County to kill invasive sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom. 

The applications will happen between April 22 and May 1 in accordance with State of Indiana permits and will take about six days. Application dates are tentative and may be changed based on weather or stream conditions. 

Sea lamprey larvae live in certain Great Lakes tributaries and grow to parasitic adults that migrate to the Great Lakes and kill fish. An adult lamprey can consume 40 pounds of fish in its lifetime. Failure to kill the larvae in streams would result in significant damage to the Great Lakes fishery. 

This lampricide treatment will target larval-phase lampreys that were spawned before the construction of the Trail Creek Sea Lamprey barrier in 2012. The barrier prevents adult spawning-phase sea lamprey from reaching spawning habitats upstream, thus eliminating the need for future chemical treatment. 
Contact Information:
Name: Brian Breidert
Phone: (219) 874-6824
Outdoor Indiana magazine features “Indiana’s ocean”
Event Description
Outdoor Indiana magazine’s May-June issue features an article on Lake Michigan. 

Although the Hoosier coastline is only 45 miles long, “Indiana’s ocean” is a cultural, recreational and economic powerhouse for Indiana. 

The 48-page full-color magazine also includes a removable eight-page insert on O’Bannon Woods State Park. That article continues the magazine’s series in which one state park or reservoir property will be portrayed through 2016, the 100th anniversary of Indiana state parks. To view a short video on the park, go to, select the State Parks and Reservoirs playlist, and go to the right until you reach O’Bannon Woods. 

Outdoor Indiana is available now at most DNR properties and Barnes & Noble stores in Indiana for $4. Subscriptions are $15 for one year (six issues, a 38 percent savings off cover) and $28 for two years (12 issues, a 42 percent savings off cover). While supplies last, every new subscriber will receive a 2014 Outdoor Indiana wall calendar. 

Subscribe at or by calling (317) 233-3046. To read article excerpts, go 
Contact Information:
Name: Marty Benson
Phone: (317) 233-3853


Historic Preservation & Archaeology


 gets national award

Event Description
The National Park Service has presented its first ever “National Cultural Resources Stewardship and Partnership Award” to the DNR Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology. 

The award recognizes the Division’s 35-year effort to systematically survey and document historic buildings and structures in all 92 Indiana counties. Cultural resource surveys are required by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and Indiana is the first state to complete such a survey of its historic resources. 

National Park Service assistant director Jon Smith presented the award at the state preservation conference in New Albany earlier this month. 

Two organizations that partnered with the Division on the survey shared in the award – Indiana Landmarks and ARCH, Inc., of Fort Wayne. 

The Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory began in the mid-1970s. Using federal funds administered by the Division, Indiana Landmarks provided matching funds and sent surveyors into about three counties each year. ARCH also provided matching funds and undertook the survey of several counties in the northeastern part of the state. The Indiana Department of Transportation provided additional funds. 

Historic resources documented in the surveys include houses, commercial buildings, schools, churches, libraries, farmsteads, government buildings, bridges, and cemeteries. Each documented resource is at least 50 years old. 

The Division uses information gathered from surveys to help determine which properties may be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and the Indiana Register. The survey also provides information on historic buildings that may be affected by state and federal projects. 
Contact Information:
Name: Steve Kennedy
Phone: (317) 232-6981
Mississinewa River trout stocking under review

DNR officials are considering ending trout stocking in a section of the Mississinewa River in southwest Randolph County unless interest in trout fishing on that stream increases.

The site along State Road 1 at the Randolph County Wildlife Management Area has been stocked with as many as 400 rainbow trout each spring since 2005. The trout are stocked the week before opening day of Indiana’s stream trout season.

Opening day of stream trout season is the last Saturday in April, which this year is April 26.

Although the initial stockings were deemed successful, lack of interest among anglers, poor habitat conditions, and low trout harvest have reduced trout fishing effort and catch in recent years.

DNR officials think the remote location, lack of public awareness, and fluctuating river levels limit angler use. Timing can also be a factor.

“Last year a flash flood occurred the day after the trout were stocked,” said Jed Pearson, DNR fisheries biologist. “We think many of the trout moved out of the area before opening day.”

Pearson said the clarity of the river is also reduced after rains due the amount of silt in the water. This limits the ability of sight-feeding trout to find bait.

The upper reach of the Mississinewa River also has been channelized. As a result, pools and riffles that would typically be present in a natural stream are less available.

Despite these limitations, Pearson said one goal of the stocking program is to provide trout fishing opportunities across the state. Most of Indiana’s 17 trout streams are along the state’s northern boundary.

“By stocking the Mississinewa we hoped to draw fishermen from nearby Muncie, Hartford City, and Portland,” said Pearson. “But that hasn’t happened.”

Even when river conditions were good in 2012, fewer than 10 anglers fished for trout on opening day. Only seven trout were kept.

“If turnout and harvest are low again this year, we may look to find an alternative site somewhere in the area closer to people,” Pearson said.

One option may be to stock the trout in a pond in a park-like setting where access is easier, habitat features are better, and more people live nearby.

“We’re hoping river conditions and trout fishing are better this year,” Pearson said. “If they are, we’ll likely stock it again next

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