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Otter trapping season is closed

Mar. 9—The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed the river otter trapping season on March 5 after the statewide quota of 750 river otters was reported harvested by licensed trappers. The season was scheduled to run from Nov. 15 — March 15, or until the quota was reached.

The framework of Indiana's river otter season was carefully designed to limit the total harvest and support Indiana's river otter population. Databases and reporting allow regular monitoring of the total season harvest. By rule, when total harvest levels approach the statewide quota, the season closes automatically.

"Mild winter weather gave licensed trappers great opportunity this year," Geriann Albers, DNR furbearer and turkey program leader, said. "Indiana is fortunate that our systems and regulations allow us to strike a good balance between providing trapping opportunity and ensuring our river otters continue to thrive in Indiana."

Additional information on river otters and the trapping season can be found at: on.IN.gov/ottertrapping.

Indiana NASP State Archery Tournament

The Indiana National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) will host its 18th annual state tournament on Saturday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

The tournament is divided into two fields, the NASP® Bullseye and NASP®/IBO 3D. The Elements Blue Ribbon and Champions pavilions will host the events.

Schools across the state with NASP® as a part of their curriculum were eligible to compete in this year's qualifiers from Jan. 1 through Feb. 4. Nearly 2,300 students were invited to compete in the NASP® Bullseye Tournament, and 645 were invited to compete in the NASP®/IBO 3D Tournament.

Indiana NASP® is a program provided for schools across the state through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Law Enforcement. The program started in 2002 with 10 pilot schools. Now, more than 600 schools have hosted about 70,000 Indiana students.

Colfax Man Dies In ORV Accident

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a fatal off-road vehicle (ORV) accident occurring March 4 in Colfax.

At 5:44 p.m., Clinton County Central Dispatch received a 911 call of an ORV crash in the 300 block of North Meridian Street involving injury.

First responders on scene located Timothy Valenta, 59 of Colfax, inside the ORV and unresponsive. Valenta was pronounced dead while two passengers sustained minor injuries.

An investigation is ongoing. No helmets were in use at the time of the accident.

Other assisting agencies include the Clinton County Sheriff's Department, Colfax Fire and Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Clinton County EMS and the Clinton County Coroner's Office.

Indiana Conservation Officers remind the public ORV operators and passengers should always wear a helmet, protective riding gear, and use all ORV safety restraints.

For information on ORV laws and safe operating procedures, please visit offroad-ed.com/in/handbook/ and on.IN.gov/offroading.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

Registration for the annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop, which is open to women ages 18 and older, opened March 1. This year's BOW workshop will be held May 3-5, at Ross Camp in West Lafayette.

BOW is designed for women to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Participants will choose four activities from more than two dozen offerings, including fishing, archery, geocaching, wild edibles, wildlife tracking, shooting muzzleloader guns, and outdoor cooking.

In Memory of Sam Purvis

Samuel "Sam" Purvis concluded his journey in this life on October 30, 2023, a mere month shy of his 65th birthday. He peacefully took his last breaths in the presence of family while at home in the care of St. Luke's hospice program. Sam had been successfully battling a 2021 diagnosis of squamous cell cancer until it was too aggressive in the final weeks. An avid outdoorsman, Sam implemented the upstart of the program — Indiana Becoming an Outdoors Woman in 1994.

A spring celebration will be forthcoming for friends and family in Indiana. To honor Sam's memory in his "pay it forward" style he has asked donations be given to Indiana Becoming an Outdoors Woman to supply the scholarship fund to assist those in need.

Donate to Indiana BOW (via PayPal or Credit/Debit Card) at: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=CT25JYZAKXRFS

There is an option for a comment during the donation process, please leave us a comment about Sam!

'till next time,

Jack

Readers can contact Jack Spaulding by writing to this publication, or e-mail at jackspaulding@hughes.net.