The 4-H shooting
sports project teaches safe operation of firearms and archery equipment.
Six disciplines are offered at the state level: archery, hunting,
muzzleloading, pistol, rifle, and shotgun. The disciplines offered
in any county will depend on the availability of certified 4-H shooting
sports instructors to teach the classes, ranges, and equipment.
Find out about the 4-H Shooting Sports program in your (Indiana) county by contacting your local Cooperative Extension Office via the listing at: county office
Manual 4-H 950
(introduction to the discipline equipment and projects). Order from The Education Store, www.edustore.purdue.edu. Enter "shooting sports" in the Store Search box (on the right hand side).
Hunting gives deer-damaged forests in Indiana state parks a shot at recovery. A Purdue study shows that regulated deer hunts in Indiana state parks have helped restore the health of forests suffering from decades of damage caused by overabundant populations of white-tailed deer.
Game Birds - People that raise game birds (ring-necked
pheasant or bobwhite quail, including their subspecies and color
phases) must follow the IDNR regulations. Rules (synopsis), Game Breeder Statute (IDNR). Note that Wild turkeys and ruffed grouse may not be raised
in captivity in Indiana.
birds (including ducks) - The Migratory Bird Treaty Act
makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport,
sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter,
any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird
except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal
regulations. See the Fish and Wildlife Service Permit
Overview website, Migratory
Bird website, or call (612) 713-5436 for instructions and requirements.