The hunts will take place on Sept. 1 and 2, at Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area (SRA) and on Sept. 3 and 4, at Jackson SRA. Jackson SRA fields will be closed to hunting on Sept. 1 and 2.
A drawing will be held at 6:40 a.m. EDT each hunt day. On Sept. 1 and 2, the morning draw will be at the Patoka Lake Archery Shelterhouse. On Sept. 3 and 4, it will be at Check Station 5 in Jackson SRA.
Hunting hours are 7:15 a.m. to noon EDT. All fields surrounding controlled sunflower and wheat fields will be subject to similar time restrictions on Sept. 1-4.
Property employees have planted sunflower fields in Newton-Stewart SRA and a mix of wheat and millet in Jackson SRA. Some planted areas did not grow due to poor weather during the growing season.
Interested hunters are encouraged to visit the property and examine the fields to determine where they would prefer to enter for a drawn hunt. Maps of the fields and additional information are atstateparks.IN.gov/2953.htm.
Hunters must have a proper hunting license and a migratory bird harvest information program number (HIP number).
Non-toxic shot size will be limited to 6 or smaller, with a three-shell maximum capability per firearm.
There will be no “standby” or refilling of shooting stations for early departures.
Fields will be “open hunting” starting Sept. 5. Shooting hours will be 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.
Non-toxic shot will be required for dove hunting throughout the season.
Hunters should call the office at 812-685-2464 a week in advance for further information. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.