Greetings, fellow hunters.
It is my honor to serve you as director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, a duty I accepted in May when Gov. Mike Pence put his faith in me to lead this agency of dedicated professionals.
As a hunter myself, I look forward to this time of year, just as you do.
Whether your passion is to pursue white-tailed deer, waterfowl, wild turkeys or small game, every new hunting season is a bit like the days leading up to Christmas or a birthday. The anticipation can be exhilarating.
My primary interest is upland game birds, although I also bow hunt and turkey hunt. Early on I hunted pheasants in Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties, and later in White and Pulaski counties. These days, I chase them wherever I can with the help of Blue, a German shorthair, and soon, a young yellow Lab named Mel.
Before you head to the field this year, I urge you to review a few hunting safety basics.
Always assume firearms are loaded. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Identify your target — and beyond. Wear hunter orange when it’s required. Use a full-body safety harness when hunting from an elevated stand.
Following these simple steps can reduce unnecessary accidents and ensure that you’ll have many more hunting seasons ahead.
And one more thing: Respect property rights and get permission before hunting on private land.
Have a great season!
Cameron F. Clark
Director, Department of Natural Resources
This program receives federal aid in wildlife and/or sport fish restoration. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, please write to the Office for Human Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (DOI) Washington, D.C. 20240.
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