Reserved turkey hunt check-in time change
Turkey hunters drawn for reserved hunts at eastern or central Indiana public
properties will not need to register at the property until 5:30 a.m.
"The sunrise is later in the day in areas that have changed to Eastern Daylight
Time, so we can register the hunters a little later in the morning," said DNR
wildlife biologist Mark Reiter.
The DNR's reserved turkey hunt drawing was March 20. Applicants were notified of
the results by mail. However, the notice was printed before time change details
were finalized and successful applicants in both new time zones were told to
register at properties at 4:30 a.m.
Public reserved turkey hunts starting one hour later (5:30 EDT) because of
recent time changes are at:
- Pigeon River FWA
- Tri-County FWA
- Wilbur Wright FWA
- Atterbury FWA
- Minnehaha FWA
- Hillenbrand FWA
- Fairbanks Landing FWA
- Crosley FWA
- Splinter Ridge FWA
- Mississinewa Lake
- Salamonie Lake
- Roush Lake
- Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
- Atterbury Military Maneuver and Training Center
Hunters applied for reserved hunts before March 15 through the DNR's Website or
via a mail-in card enclosed in the 2005-2006 Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide.
Hunters could apply for reserved turkey hunting dates at 16 DNR properties, one
military property and two national wildlife refuge areas during the 2006 spring
The 2006 spring turkey season runs April 26 to May 14.
DNR reserved turkey hunts details
Jasper-Pulaski, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Willow Slough,
Winamac, Crosley and Splinter Ridge Fish and Wildlife areas and Roush,
Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes will conduct five, three-day reserved hunts and
two, two-day reserved hunts. Hunting dates for these areas are:
Atterbury, Glendale, Hovey Lake, Hillenbrand, Fairbanks Landing and Minnehaha
Fish and Wildlife areas and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, will hold two,
three-day reserved hunts. The hunting dates for these areas are:
-April 26, 27, 28
-April 29, 30, May 1
After the reserved hunts, Atterbury, Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Hovey Lake,
Hillenbrand and Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife areas will be open for turkey
hunting from May 2 to the end of the season, May 14.
A daily drawing may be held each morning at the property, if necessary, to
allocate hunting locations. A hunter must obtain a daily hunting permit at the
property's check station to legally hunt on these fish and wildlife areas.
Kankakee and Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife areas and several reservoirs will
offer self-service check-in hunting for the entire spring wild turkey season,
April 26 to May 14, 2006.
Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area conducts five, two-day hunts at Atterbury
Military Maneuver and Training Center. Atterbury Military Maneuver and Training
Center reserved hunts take place on the following dates:
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge will be open to special permit turkey
hunting for 13 days during the 2006 regular spring turkey season. Ten permits
per day will be issued for the refuge hunting area. Hunting will be permitted on
weekdays from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 12 noon.
Selected hunters must be checked in at the property check station by 4:30 a.m.
at properties on Central Daylight Time, or 5:30 a.m. at properties on Eastern
Daylight Time. Hunting spots that are not claimed by check-in time will be
filled with stand-by hunters. Roush Lake, Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand,
Splinter Ridge Fish and Wildlife areas, Mississinewa and Salamonie reservoirs
will not conduct no-show drawings.
For additional information, call the property office where you wish to hunt.
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