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Message from the Director

Indiana DNR’s work covers a lot of ground, but there may be no greater mission than that of land conservation.

Each of you who buy hunting, trapping or fishing licenses is a partner in that effort.

For starters, your license money can be used only for fish and wildlife conservation.

Another revenue source tied to license purchases that helps buy and manage public lands is the federal Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration program. It’s administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which has shared more than $6.6 billion with state fish and wildlife agencies over the past 78 years.

Funding comes from a federal excise tax charged to manufacturers for the hunting, fishing and boating equipment they produce. Funds from this tax are apportioned to state fish and wildlife agencies based on a formula that calculates the area of a state and the number of certified license holders living there. The payout is about $48 per certified hunter and $9 per certified angler.

Indiana’s combined apportionment for 2015 is nearly $18.4 million.

Who benefits? Certainly hunters like you, who visit our fish and wildlife areas or other public lands open to hunting.

Those areas continue to grow. Check out page 43 for an update on how we’re doing in expanding public lands in Indiana.

Cameron F. Clark

Director, Department of Natural Resources

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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