From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
-- Becoming an ethical and effective deer hunter requires education; the Hoosier Outdoor Experience Sept. 26–27 is a good place to learn the necessary basic skills from experts.
“There is much more to deer hunting, than simply walking out in the woods and shooting a deer. New hunters need someone to teach them what to look for in the woods, how to act ethically, and the rules and regulations of where they are hunting,” said Capt. Dave Windsor, Indiana Conservation Officer.
The Indiana Deer Hunters Association will offer its Whitetail Deer Sensory Trail to attendees of the Hoosier Outdoor Experience, who can experience much of what it’s like to be a deer hunter.
“The sensory trail will introduce participants to many different scenarios they may encounter while deer hunting. It is set up to explain deer sign (i.e., how to tell if deer have been in the vicinity recently), equipment used in deer hunting, what to do with a deer after it’s been killed, and much more,” said Kevin Smith, IDHA member.
Those who take the sensory trail will leave with the basic knowledge necessary to begin deer hunting. The event is geared toward beginning and intermediary hunters looking to gain valuable knowledge.
The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is a family-friendly event that is the first of its kind in Indiana. Unlike traditional trade shows, visitors will be able to enjoy hands-on experiences in a wide range of outdoor activities, such as fly fishing, target shooting, archery, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, camping and much more.
The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is presented by the Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, with sponsorship support from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Ball Brothers Foundation, WXIN-Fox 59, Indianapolis, and numerous other sponsors.
Parking, admission, activities, demonstrations and seminars are free to the public, but online registration is required. To register, go to hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov and click on the yellow registration icon.
Event updates can be found at hoosieroutdoorexperience.IN.gov or on Facebook and Twitter.