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Sports

January 5, 2014

DNR proposes major changes to fishing rules

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In addition, there’s an offer to establish a river otter trapping season in designated counties and a plan that would allow resident landowners to designate other people to take nuisance fur bearers outside of the season without a permit.

Again, these are only recommendations from DNR staffers to determine how receptive the public would be to those and other changes being proposed.

“This is an opportunity for people to let us know what changes they would like us to consider,” said Gregg McCollam, assistant director of the Division of Fish & Wildlife, in a press release. “This process also allows us to get much-needed feedback on issues that the division is interested in moving forward.”

Next Sunday, we will analyze those some of those proposals that impact Michiana the most and explain the biologists’ thoughts as to why they are recommended.

Ice derby set

Although details aren’t finalized, the Bremen Conservation Club has announced it will hold its annual ice fishing derby Jan. 25 at Lake of the Woods.

Specific information will be provided by the club when it becomes available.

Late goose season

The Indiana DNR will offer another late season for hunting Canada geese.

The season runs Feb. 1-15 in 30 counties: Steuben, LaGrange, Elkhart, St. Joseph, La Porte, Starke, Marshall, Kosciusko, Noble, DeKalb, Allen, Whitley, Huntington, Wells, Adams, Boone, Hamilton, Madison, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Vermillion, Parke, Vigo, Clay, Sullivan and Greene.

The late season helps control the population of the breeding “giant” subspecies of Canada geese around urban areas, a common issue in Indiana and surrounding states. Indiana has offered hunters a late Canada goose season in select counties since 2008.

A valid hunting license, Indiana waterfowl stamp, signed federal duck stamp and a HIP (Harvest Information Program) number are required to hunt during this season.

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