Farmland Conservation Club and the HTDA

Plans are already in the works for the HTDA to expand on its highly successful youth program for 2011. HTDA President Chris Powell attended a meeting that was arranged by HTDA Director Rich Emery at the Farmland Conservation Club. Powell and Emery met with nearly the entire board and several officers from Farmland at their beautiful facility located in Northern Indiana on Friday, Jan 21st, 2011. The main topic was a major youth event. 

Farmland Director John Myers had contact the HTDA in the fall of 2010 to get the ball rolling for expanding youth initiatives. The HTDA, dedicated to working with conservation groups and building a network of conservation efforts across the state jumped at the idea. Farmland Conservation Club’s offer to use their facility shows a true dedication to Indiana’s future in outdoor recreation, specifically hunting and fishing. This also is the main goal of the HTDA as our motto states, “preserving our heritage for future generations”. 

The date for this huge event is July 9th, 2011 at the Farmland club. Farmland Conservation Club grounds offer an awesome opportunity for the public to be introduced to shooting sports on their archery range, 300 yard rifle range, pistol range and shotgun range. Interested in hunting with dogs? Farmland has developed its 258 acres into an upland paradise with river frontage, standing timber and native grass prairies. Fishing demos will be conducted on the 3 acre lake and trapper education will be conducted with real “hands on” demos in the backwater marshes. This is an awesome opportunity to reach those interested in engaging in the life sports of hunting, fishing and trapping. 

Thank You Farmland Conservation Club in your help of the HTDA to: “preserve our heritage for future generations” 

Make plans now to attend and watch here for future announcements as this event develops. 

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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 
Visit for information about recreational opportunities on DNR properties. 

Indiana DNR Running Season Proposal

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Indiana Department of Natural Resources has written a Fish and Wildlife rule change that will change Indiana’s raccoon running season from the current dates of noon Feb 15th to noon Oct 14th. The newly proposed dates are noon Feb 1st to noon Oct 25th giving Indiana hunters an 25 additional nights to run hounds. If this rule change should pass as written, there will only be 15 nights per year that Hoosier Coonhunters are restricted from running their hounds. 

How Did we Get Here? 
At times things seem much simpler than they actually are. However, when trying to get laws changed it is much more complicated than simply writing the proposal. 

Three years ago HTDA President Chris Powell and Treasurer Jerry Moll approached the Indiana Department of Natural Resources about extending Indiana’s Raccoon and Opossum running season. They met with Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Glenn Salmon, biologists, and law enforcement personnel to get the ball rolling. At that time some other sporting groups opposed the rule change and the proposal died. We were told by our opposition that we were a new group and that we were already asking for changes. It stung a bit but we listened and set out to prove that we were here for the long haul. 

Since that time the HTDA has not given up on our goal of extending our running season. The HTDA spent three years working with other sporting groups such as the Indiana Deer Hunter’s Assn., Indiana Bowhunter’s Assn., Indiana Trapper’s Assn., Furtakers of America, and the Indiana Sportsmen’s Roundtable to make investments in the management of our natural resources. 

The HTDA sponsored kids for The Karl Kelly Memorial Youth Camp, the Turn in a Poacher Program, Indiana Hunter Education Association, National Archery in the Schools Program ( NASP) and any other program that benefits hunting in the state. We also sponsored youth squirrel hunts using squirrel dogs on DNR Fish and Wildlife Properties. At these events we included the local conservation officers and had positive media coverage through local papers and radio programs of our efforts. The HTDA waded right into the hunting scene with a booth at the Indiana Deer and Turkey Expo, getting our message out to Indiana hunters who may be misled about what our sport is all about. 

The HTDA participated in the Indiana Outdoor Experience, a DNR program focused on getting more people involved in outdoor activities. The HTDA has tried to be involved in any and every program that will make positive impact for Indiana’s tree dog enthusiasts. 

After three years of making what we feel are good investments, the HTDA has gained the credibility it needs to get changes like the new running season proposal in its final stages of adoption. 

Where are we now? 
While it is great news that we have a running season proposal that will be extended into periods when several Indiana hunters are preparing their dogs for various championship events, this thing is still not signed sealed and delivered. Here are the final stages that the proposal must pass: 

1. Preliminary adoption- By the Natural Resources Commission. The proposal will be reviewed by the NRC. 

2. Public Hearing process-. Once the NRC makes a ruling for preliminary adoption the IDNR sends this out for the public to review and comment on the rule. In this stage the public can weigh in with their opinions. 

3. Final Rule adoption-. The DNR will publish the rule in the Indiana Register for final rule adoption. This is pending a positive outcome of the public hearing stage. 

Over the past three years the investments we have made have allowed us to accrue valuable allies and greatly reduce our opposition. We feel we have overcome our greatest obstacles up to this point. 

What can you do? 
First and foremost, if you are not a member of the HTDA join today! There are several tree dog enthusiasts that have a lot to offer to the future of our sport. We need to know who you are and get you plugged in. Download a membership form off of this site and get it sent in. 

Watch for announcements about the public comment opportunities. We need you as a tree dog enthusiast to support this proposal. It is important that comments are positive and well thought out. The HTDA will post information that will be valuable to include in your comments. Watch this site for that information. 

To our Members: 
Thank you for your patience and loyalty! It has been a long road just to get here. Without your moral support and financial support, we would not be able to accomplish anything. Like was stated earlier, things seem to be much simpler on the surface. Thanks for sticking with us. 

Photo caption, shown clockwise from bottom left: 
Lieutenant Colonel Sam Purvis, Executive Officer, Law Enforcement Division 
Major Steve Hunter, Operations Commander, Law Enforcement Division 
Wayne Bivans, Chief of Wildlife, Division of Fish & Wildlife 
Bruce Plowman, Furbearer Biologist, Division of Fish & Wildlife 
Glen Salmon, Director, Division of Fish & Wildlife 
Master Officer Chris Powell, Law Enforcement Division, President HTDA 
Mitch Marcus, Wildlife Staff Specialist, Division of Fish & Wildlife 
Jerry Moll, Treasurer HTDA (not shown)

2010 HTDA Youth Squirrel Hunt, Crosley

North Vernon, IN- 

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On Saturday January 02, 2010 the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance (HTDA) held their second annual Youth Squirrel Hunt at the beautiful Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area in North Vernon, Indiana. The Crosley F & W area consists of over 4,000 acres of rolling hills, ponds and the Muskatuck River. The 2010 event had over 20 youth and several HTDA members in attendance. 

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HTDA At 2009 Hoosier Outdoor Experience

The 2009 Hoosier Outdoor Experience was a success. Organizers would like to thank the volunteers, activity providers and those that attended. 

On the heels of a successful first-year effort, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation have announced the second annual Hoosier Outdoor Experience will be Sept. 18-19, 2010 at Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis. 

The inaugural "Experience" drew 13,300 attendees for the event, which included a one-day program for selected elementary school students followed by two days of free activities for the general public. 

"It was a slam dunk," DNR Director Robert E. Carter Jr. said. "Our first Hoosier Outdoor Experience did everything we expected it to do. We were able to introduce the DNR and its programs to thousands of new park visitors and at the same time introduce those people to a wide range of recreational opportunities." 

Unlike at traditional trade shows, visitors to the Hoosier Outdoor Experience were able to enjoy hands-on participation in nearly 50 outdoor activities. Some of the more popular events were trap shooting, archery, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, bow fishing, building wildlife boxes, and riding off-road vehicles. 

"It was gratifying to see 18 months of planning finally play out, but even more rewarding to see the countless happy faces experiencing many of the weekend activities for the first time," said Amanda Wuestefield, Hoosier Heritage Outdoor Coordinator and the lead organizer for the Experience. "We expect next year's event to be even bigger." 

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