Patoka Lake’s youth dove hunt drawing at the former R.A. Walton Farm in Crawford County scheduled for Sept. 1 has been canceled, but the area will be open for non-draw hunting during legal hunting hours that day.

The dove hunt drawing at Jackson State Recreation Area (SRA) in Orange County in the Wildcat Cove Hunter Check Station #17 parking area will be held as scheduled. Around 15 to 20 groups are expected to be drawn.

The drawing at Jackson SRA will be at 6 a.m. and have hunting hours of 6:30 a.m. to noon.

The hunt at Jackson SRA will have a maximum of two hunters per stake. All fields surrounding the controlled sunflower fields will have the same hours.

There will be no “stand-by” or refilling of shooting stations if there are early departures. All fields will be considered open hunting starting Sept. 2. Shooting hours will be a half hour before sunrise until sunset.

Hunters need to purchase the proper licenses and stamps and have their Federal Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. Hunters will be limited to 50 shells. Hunters must utilize size 6 or smaller non-toxic shot and are required to have their firearm plugged so it can only contain three shells at a time.

Tillery Hill State Recreational Area will also host a non-draw hunt opportunity on Sept. 1. There will also be a three-acre field at Hunter Check Station #6, and a two-acre field near Osborne Boat Ramp on W. Newton Stewart Road.

Hunters are strongly encouraged to wear blaze orange clothing for safety as other users may be in the fields and area.

Patoka Lake ( is at 3084 N. Dillard Road, Birdseye, IN 47513.

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