New Head of IDNR Law Enforcement Div.

For Immediate Release: Dec 1, 2006: 
Governor appoints director of DNR Law Enforcement 

mike crider

The Governor has appointed Michael Crider the new director of the DNR Law Enforcement Division. Crider, formerly a lieutenant colonel in the law enforcement division, is now the colonel in charge of Indiana's conservation officers and civilian support staff. 
Crider began his career as a conservation officer 26 years ago in Hancock County where he served for over 17 years. Since then, he has been the commander of external education programs and leader of the education-training section. 

In February 2005 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel to serve as executive officer. "Mike Crider brings a variety of skills and experience to the director's office," said Gov. Daniels. "His background and familiarity with the staff and issues involved with running the law enforcement division make him a natural choice for the job." 

Crider's specialties include service as a covert and overt investigator, underwater search and recovery SCUBA diver and police Honor Guard team member. He is a graduate of the 213th session of the FBI National Academy and was recently selected to attend the 55th Session of the Law Enforcement Executives Seminar, a training session to enhance leadership skills for police executives. 

The top position in DNR Law Enforcement was left vacant after former director Robert Carter Jr.'s appointment to director of the DNR. 

Photo caption (L-R): Lt. Colonel Mike Crider and departing IDNR Director Kyle Hupfer 

Steve Fielder and AKC Step Up for HTDA!


Steve Fielder, AVP of Coonhound Events at the American Kennel Club jumped at the chance to help out our fledgling organization. I mentioned to Steve that the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance wanted to enlist the help of Mike Phillips with Digital Oxygen for our web site development. Unfortunately, since we are just starting out with the HTDA, we did not have the required funds. Steve, being well aware of the importance of a quality site and the significance this organization has to Indiana tree dog enthusiasts offered to help. The American Kennel Club agreed to cover the cost of our initial web site development so we could get our message out sooner than later. 

Thank you Steve and the American Kennel Club!!! 

Photo caption: Steve Fielder with his Plott Macie 

We're on Our Way


Progress! Progress! The HTDA is making Progress! Your Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance has filed with the Indiana Secretary of State as a legal corporation in the state of Indiana. HTDA board member Larry Meeks has enlisted the help of nationally known attorney Norman Garvin of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light & Hanson - Attorneys at Law - Indianapolis, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Kansas City - Full Service Transportation Law Firm to finalize all legal matters pertaining to the HTDA, making it a legal non-profit Indiana Corporation. 

Norm Garvin is better known for his work in the trucking industry, but he and his staff have successfully set up other non-profit organizations in the past. The resources that Garvin’s firm brings to the table have expedited our efforts. The trail to true non-profit status can be a rough track for sure. Garvin has put his staff to work on this trail that would otherwise leave us less experienced trackers, hitting dead ends, backtracking, standing on our heads and looking into several slick trees 

At this time our corporation status is pending. We expect to receive confirmation any day from the Secretary of State, making the HTDA a legal corporation in the State of Indiana. The actual non-profit stauts will take several months. The application alone, for non-profit status is twenty six pages long. At this time the IRS is over eight months behind on reviewing these applications. Patience is the key when dealing with this issue. Once we obtain our non-profit status all membership dues and donations may be tax deductible. 

Keep track of our progress here on . . 

Hupfer Resigns As Head of IDNR

November 22, 2006 Indianapolis, Indiana –
Indianapolis Star 


Department of Natural Resources Director Kyle Hupfer has submitted his resignation to Gov. Mitch Daniels and will be replaced by Robert Carter Jr., the department’s director of law enforcement. Hupfer is returning to private industry, having accepted a position as general counsel for ProLiance Energy in Indianapolis. His last day will be Dec. 1. He joined state government in February 2005. 

“Kyle interrupted his career to serve in state government, and we’re grateful for the two years he’s given," Daniels said. 

DNR Director Kyle Hupfer (second from right) joined DNR Conservation Officer Sgt. John Cannarella (left), Law Enforcement Director Rob Carter, and Conservation Officer Dan Sprinkle on a spring turkey hunt in Franklin County. 

As many of you know Director Kyle Hupfer has been a Godsend to Hoosier Sportsmen and supporters of the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance. As a true hunter and sportsmen himself, Hupfer demonstrated common sense and a "get it done" attitude in his role as IDNR Director. He has paved the way for new and improved relationships at all levels of the IDNR. It is now up to us to continue cultivating and nurturing these associations Director Hupfer has initiated. We will keep you posted as to future administrative changes within the IDNR. 

See related links below: 

Top photo caption: DNR Director Kyle Hupfer, flanked by Indiana TNC Director Mary McConnell and Gov. Mitch Daniels, reacts to overwhelming crowd response to the question “How many Environmental License Plate owners are here?” during ceremonies at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area on Nov. 8, 2005. 

“Something New, Something Different”

The Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance 
“Something New, Something Different”

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You may have been hearing about a new Tree Dog organization starting up in Indiana. It is true; this new organization is in its infancy stage and is designed to represent the Tree Dog Sport (Raccoon and Squirrel Hunters) in Indiana and is called theHoosier Tree Dog Alliance

Any time you hear of something that will affect your sport it raises questions and it should. Here are some of the most common questions being asked. This information is just a start; feel free to contact us or post here if further information if needed. 

Q. Is this new organization replacing one or more of the current Indiana Coonhunting Organizations? 
A. No, there is no intention of replacing anyone or anything. There is every intention of working in concert with the I.C.H.A. (Indiana Coonhunters Association), the I.H.D.A. (Indiana Hunting Dog Association), the Indiana Beaglers Alliance and other dog and hunting groups seeking to protect our hunting rights here in Indiana. 

Q. How do we know this isn’t one of those “here today, gone tomorrow” organizations? 
A. We are serious about this and are making plans for the organization to last for future generations, to ensure they can enjoy the Treehound sports as we do. The Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance will be registered as a corporation by the state of Indiana and will be certified as a not for profit organization. These legal steps will subject us to regular auditing requiring us to keep our books clean and exacting. Annual financial reports will be made available to any member requesting it. We want to go out of our way to prove credibility to our membership, our supporters, the IDNR and to all Indiana Legislators. The Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance will start with an eleven person Board of Directors from various parts of the state of Indiana. Some of these board members will serve three year terms and some five year terms to guarantee a continuous rotation of new people with fresh ideas. 

Q. How will memberships work? 
A. Individual membership $20, includes immediate family and youth memberships will be available along with club sponsorships $75. You do not have to be a resident of Indiana to join the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance. 

Q. How will you raise funds? 
A. There will be an annual membership drive and banquet featuring awards and guest speakers from the sport and the state. We will hold annual raffles and solicit tax deductible donations from businesses. Contributing businesses will be listed on our website indicating their sponsorship levels so that members may pay them back with their patronage. 

Q. Will the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance be directly connected with AKC, PKC, UKC, NKC or any other registry? 
A. No, the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance will be completely autonomous. We will work closely with all registries as they have a vested interest in the success and continuation of our sport in Indiana. We will expect and welcome their council and support as we fight anti-hunting and anti-dog legislation within our Hoosier state. 

Q. Will you be holding state championships and giving away high scoring dog trophies at other major events? 
A. No, it is not our desire to get directly involved with the scheduling of hound and cur events or presenting event awards. We want members joining the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance who are serious about securing the future of our sport, not for trophy eligibility. We will be awarding annual awards to members and non-members demonstrating the exemplary leadership essential to maintaining the future of our sport. 

Q. What are some of the organization's goals? 
A. Here are a few of the orgaizational goals, but the list is not 100% finalized. 

Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance Goals: 
•Ensure a future of all ethical hunting in State of Indiana for future generations through positive work by this organization and networking with other established conservation organizations 
•To practice and cultivate responsible stewardship of Indiana’s natural resources 
•Develop and maintain good working relationships and open lines of communication within the IDNR by assisting and advising on Administrative Rules and law changes or revisions pertaining to the sport of hunting with tree dogs 
•Develop and maintain good working relationships and open lines of communication within the Indiana Legislature by assisting and advising on Administrative Rules and law changes or revisions pertaining to the sport of hunting with tree dogs 
•Raise public awareness of the activities of tree dog enthusiasts i.e. fundraising for charitable purposes, conservation efforts, and community service 
•To host an annual Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance Banquet for publicity, fundraising and communication 
•To rely heavily on all Tree Dog registration and kennel clubs to provide needed assistance 
•To act with a sense of urgency on behalf of the Hoosier Tree Dog Enthusiast while the current administration is open to our needs and ideas 
•To obtain more state/government ground to free cast our dogs 
•Establish a network of Indiana’s local tree dog clubs and area representatives to disseminate information at the local level 
•Take an active role in IDNR officer recruit training 
•Take an active role in IDNR youth camp support 

Photo caption HTDA 11/11/06 meeting (L-R): Mickey Newby, Chris Powell, David Schneider, Tricia Snedegar, Alan Holding, Jim Ridge and Bobby Wilson. Board members not shown: Jerry Moll, Joe Newlin, Larry Meeks and Mike Goodpaster.