The Indiana Natural Resources Commission recently approved creation of Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest Nature Preserve in Greene County.

The new nature preserve protects 68 acres that contain 1.6 miles of moderate trails, as well as upland forests, scenic ravines with large sandstone outcrops, intermittent creeks, and several waterfalls.

In action regarding the Division of Fish & Wildlife, the NRC approved the DNR’s response to a citizen petition to allow the 28-gauge and .410 shotguns for hunting wild turkeys, as well as No. 9 tungsten super shot. The DNR will now move forward with creating rule language that will be brought to the NRC at a future date for consideration for preliminary adoption.

The NRC approved a request from another citizen petition to amend the rule governing muzzleloaders that can be used for deer hunting by removing the sentence that limits the definition of a muzzle-loading gun to one capable of being loaded only from the muzzle, including the powder and the bullet.

The DNR will now move forward with creating rule language that will be brought to the NRC at a future date for consideration for preliminary adoption.

Also regarding hunting with muzzle-loaders, the NRC did not approve a citizen petition request to add a primitive muzzle-loader deer hunting season.
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