DNR now accepting applications for reserved turkey hunts

Hunters can now begin submitting online applications for reserved turkey hunts to be held on certain state and federally owned properties.

The application period runs through March 24 at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/5834.htm.

New for 2014, the Department of Natural Resources will offer a reserved hunt at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area in southwestern Indiana.

Hunters must possess a valid 2014 spring turkey license, or lifetime license or youth hunt/trap license to apply for any of the reserved hunts. Applicants are allowed to apply for one property, and choose from the available dates for that property.

Whether a drawn hunter can bring a hunting buddy varies by property. On DNR properties, drawn hunters are not allowed to bring a buddy. At Muscatatuck National Willdlife Refuge, drawn hunters may bring a buddy, but only the drawn hunter can hunt. At Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, a buddy is required.

Hunt dates and properties are as follows:

• Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge: April 23-24, 25-26, 27-28, and 29-30.

• Deer Creek, Glendale, J.E. Roush, Jasper-Pulaski, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Willow Slough and Winamac fish and wildlife areas; Mississinewa and Salamonie lakes; and Aukiki Wetland Conservation Area: April 23-25, 26-27, 28-30, and May 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-11.

• Atterbury, Chinook, Crosley, Fairbanks Landing, Hillenbrand, Hovey Lake and Minnehaha fish and wildlife, and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge: April 23-25, 26-28.

• Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area: April 23-25, 26-27.