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July 14, 2013

OUTDOOR COLUMN: Need a boat? There are places to rent one

GOSHEN — Every outdoorsman loves spending time on the water but not everyone owns a boat.

That’s not a problem if you don’t mind spending a little money to rent one.

Boat rentals aren’t as prominent as they were years ago when I was boat-less, but there are a few places on both sides of the state line that provide rental opportunities.

We’ve asked for readers to help us locate those vendors who do rent boats and we’ve outlined the ones we know about below.

Keep in mind that some of these rentals are gobbled up quickly, so I’d advise you to call ahead and see what’s available. Also, some rentals only are available during specific days and hours.

Some rentals offer electric or outboard motor rentals, but you’ll pay more. Some allow you to use your own (small) outboard and electric motors, which makes getting around in the wind a lot easier. A 12-volt trolling motor - with your battery - can save a lot effort.

Also, when you call, make sure they provide the life jackets, too. You’ll need special sizes to accommodate children, too.

Here’s a rundown on those rentals that we know about:

Indiana

Fisherman’s Cove, Lake Webster, North Webster, Ind.: rowboats, fishing boats, pontoons. www.fishermancove.com. 574-834-2518.

Ruperts Resort, Lake of the Woods, Bremen, Ind.: pontoons and row boats. www.rupersresortcampground.com, 574-546-2657.

Worster Lake, Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty, Ind.: rowboats, canoes and kayaks. www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2972.htm (574-656-8186)

Michigan

Fuller’s Resort, Clear Lake, Buchanan, Mich.: Rowboats, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats. www.fullersresort.com, 269-695-3785.

Rogers Resort, Lilly and Hutchins lakes, Jones, Mich.: row boats and pontoon boats. www.rogersresort.com, 269-476-2655.

Youth tourney

    The 37th annual St. Joe Valley Bassmasters Youth Fishing Tournament will be held at Potato Creek State Park Aug. 10.

    There will be divisions for boys and girls and the free contest is open to kids ages 4 to 14 and several prizes will be awarded. Only the first 300 youths to register will be accepted. You can register online at www.stjoevalleybassmasters.com.

The contest will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. but youths must be ready to go at 8:30 a.m. Youngsters must bring their own fishing poles, bait and a parent or guardian.

For info, call Blaine, 574-259-5240, during daytime hours.

Deer license simplified

Determining which Indiana deer license you need should be easier thanks to improvements to the DNR’s online sport license finder.  

The website, dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/6486.htm, has been improved to include all deer license types.

Deer season begins Sept. 15 with some urban deer zones. Hunters can apply online now for some reserved deer hunts, including state park deer reduction hunts, and must have a license to apply.

Previously, the online deer license system only told users a deer license was needed to hunt deer. The new system allows users to identify the type of deer license they need depending on hunting equipment, whether the hunter is an adult, and whether the hunter is an Indiana resident.

Changes to the deer rules in the 2012 season confused some hunters about which deer license types to use.

The new system allows hunters to choose their equipment type and then gives them a list of licenses for that equipment type and what can be legally harvested.

Deer licensing options are numerous and range from a simple $7 youth hunt/trap license for deer hunters age 17 and younger to a $65 license bundle that covers all hunting equipment and allows for the harvest of one antlered and two antlerless deer.

The license finder also helps hunters and anglers determine what license they need to legally hunt or fish for all Indiana game species. It also includes prices, stamp privileges, and, in some cases, bag limits.

Fall turkeys

Michigan’s fall turkey hunting license applications are now available through Aug. 1.

A total of 51,850 licenses are available; 5,150 general licenses that may be used on public or private land and 46,700 licenses for private land only. Eleven wild turkey management units, totaling 44,943 square miles, are open to fall turkey hunting during the Sept. 15 - Nov. 14 season, including most of the southern Lower Peninsula, Beaver Island, five counties in the northern Lower Peninsula and the entire Upper Peninsula.

Hunters may apply for a turkey hunting license at any authorized license agent. The application fee is $4. Drawing results will be posted online beginning Aug. 15.

If any licenses remain after the drawing, unsuccessful applicants may purchase one leftover license at any license agent or online for a one-week period beginning Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. (EDT). Any licenses that remain as of Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. (EDT) will be available for purchase over the counter by any hunter. The licenses will be sold until the quotas are met.

Contact Louie at stoutoutdoors@comcast.net

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