2011 Crosley Youth Hunt

Submitted by ICO Gary Catron 

Crosley HTDA 2011
North Vernon, Indiana- Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area hosted the third annual Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance youth squirrel hunt Saturday. 
The hunt was a joint effort of the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area personnel and Indiana Conservation Officers. 
After attending the morning safety briefing each of the 24 youth hunters was assigned to a HTDA member dog handler. Conservation Officers accompanied groups to provide each group with a safety officer. 
The hunting groups utilized some of the 4228 acres of Crosley and some nearby private properties. The areas hunted were comprised of excellent squirrel habitat making them ideal location for a hunt of this kind. 
This special hunt fits well with DNR activities in providing youth based programs involving our natural resources. 
While prior hunting experiences varied among the young hunters many had never hunted squirrels using dogs. 
Thirteen hunting dog owners/handlers volunteered their time for the youth hunt. 
After being in the field all morning the hunters met at the Crosley check station for a warm meal courtesy of the HTDA. 
According to HTDA president Chris Powell “the mission of the HTDA is to protect and preserve the hunting heritage of all Indiana sportsmen specializing in those sports that use tree dogs for the legal and ethical pursuit of game.” 
Information about the HTDA can be found at www.hoosiertreedogs.org. 
Visit www.in.gov/dnr for information about recreational opportunities on DNR properties.