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FRIENDS OF GOOSE POND AND THE GOOSE POND CHAPTER OF DUCKS UNLIMITED TEAM UP TO SPONSOR THE GOOSE POND FWA YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNT WEEKEND, October 24-25, 2105 GPFWA Property Manager Travis Stoelting reports:

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Goose Pond FWA hosted another successful youth waterfowl hunt on October 24 and 25. 33 young hunters and their parents/guardians showed up for the early morning draw at 5:30 AM. These youth hunters got to learn the ropes of a real waterfowl draw at Goose Pond FWA by going through all the regular procedures for the hunt, with a few extras to get them started. Participants enjoyed refreshments while waiting for their number to be called to come up and pick a spot. After given their permit card, they could also pick out some gear to help them go get some birds. At the close of the weekend, youth hunters had taken 74 ducks and made many lifelong memories. Special thanks to Ducks Unlimited and Friends of Goose Pond for donations of waterfowl gear and refreshments.

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Added FoGP comments: The youth hunters also got a start on becoming financial stakeholders and supporters of wetland and waterfowl and bird conservation. For all of us, purchasing Indiana state hunting and fishing licenses, with apportioned matching funds generated through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (popularly known as the Pittman-Robertson Act) signed into law in 1937 and the Dingell-Johnson Act of the 1950s, pays for the vast majority of the costs for running and managing Indiana Fish and Wildlife Areas. Funds generated through hunting and fishing basically make DFW conservation happen. Benefitting waterfowl and all species on our FWAs.

Thanks to PM Travis Stoelting and the GPFWA staff for running the weekend event. Photos here from the successful hunt

–Lee Sterrenburg DNR bird monitoring volunteer Goose Pond FWA

Hunting Regulations

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Hunting
• Waterfowl, quail, rabbit, dove and deer are common at Goose Pond FWA. There are also limited opportunities for squirrel and turkey hunting.
• Check-in is required for all hunting. Most hunting opportunities are allocated through drawings. Check at the headquarters for details on drawings.
• It is illegal to possess lead shot while in the field at Goose Pond FWA.
• Certain daily bag limits and shooting times at Goose Pond FWA are more restrictive than those allowed statewide. Check at the headquarters or the self-service booths for more details.