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Hunting education system registration gets tweaked

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Updated: April 2, 2013 6:41AM



As enrollment spikes for hunter education courses before the start of spring turkey hunting in Indiana, the state has tweaked the procedure for registration.

To register, class-attendees must sign up at indianahuntereducation.com.

“Yes, we did go to a new registration system and you can get to the schedule through the link you sent,’’ emailed Tim Beck, coordinator for Indiana Hunter Education. “This has nothing to do with online hunter education. You can still take the traditional class as always, but you need to sign up for the class through the website. If you qualify you can get to our online course through the same link.’’

For those looking for local classes, a few spots are left for the class this evening and Saturday at Valparaiso Pistol and Rifle Club in Hebron. Spots are also available at Red Mill County Park in LaPorte on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

There’s just a couple spots open for the class on March 16 and 17 at Cabela’s in Hammond. Those same dates, Lake County Parks holds a class at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center. Preregistration is required, call 947-7275.

Clubbing: Tim Morley of Final Descent Duck Calls, a waterfowl call maker from Valparaiso, and Tyler Sadler, the Indiana junior goose calling champion from Cedar Lake, will be featured at Lake County Fish and Game (lakecountyfishandgame.org) meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the clubhouse in Griffith. Sadler was using a Final Descent call when he won.

Fishing: Brian Breidert put it best, “Fishing has been occurring between the ice flows.’’ The Lake Michigan fisheries biologist said some coho and browns were taken from Michigan City harbor Thursday morning, and a few steelhead were in the harbor earlier in the week.

That matches what Capt. Rich Sleziak of Slez’s Bait in Lake Station learned from fishermen at “The Ditch’’ and the river. When the ice allowed access, fishermen caught coho, browns, steelhead and even some lake trout. He said that has been true from “the Bass Pro hole to the lakefront.’’

Lakefront fishing is coming, soon. The coho and browns are here, it’s a matter of fishermen being able to get to them.

Breidert said there was some movement, up the river and into the streams, of steelhead. “If we get some warming, I can expect more activity,’’ he emailed. That warm up may come next week.

The first boater, a local regular who chases bluegill and crappie, successfully launched Thursday morning at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area. Site staff said he only had to bust a little ice.

Staff at LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area thought launching might be possible in the Kankakee River, though ramps are tough. Ice conditions there are very poor.

Only the bravest, most desperate or most foolhardy have been trying pockets for ice fishing.

For those looking for warm water, Braidwood Lake, the cooling lake in southwest Will County in Illinois, reopens to fishing today.

Shed hunting: I don’t know if the snow and weather changes are helping, but there many reports of shed hunters finding antlers. Whitetail deer shed their antlers annually, usually beginning in mid-winter and peaking at the end of February.

Maple syrup: Tap your own trees or attend an event at your local or county park or state park. The sap is flowing.



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