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Fish & Wildlife > Hunting & Trapping > Properties > Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

 Jasper-Pulaski FWA
5822 N. Fish and Wildlife Lane
Medaryville, IN 47957
(219) 843-4841
Central Time Zone
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DESCRIPTION

NOTE: Because of staffing shortages, there are no set office hours for the property at this time.

Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 8,142 acres of wetland, upland and woodland game habitat. The property's suitable habitat provides an ideal stopover for migratory birds. More than 10,000 sandhill cranes stop during fall migration.

Acquisition of the land for Jasper-Pulaski began in 1929. During the 1930s, Jasper-Pulaski was designated as a game farm and game preserve. Hunting began at the property in 1958, and in 1965, the area was designated as a fish and game area. Then in 1972 the name was changed to fish and wildlife area.

Registration is required for all activities at the check station or self-service check station, depending on the time of year. Hunters need to sign in and pick up a one-day hunting permit to be in the field. This permit card must be turned in at the completion of each day’s hunt. All non-hunting visitors must sign in at the self-service check station but no permit card is required.

FISHING

  • Jasper-Pulaski provides fishing areas along the Ryan Ditch, two gravel pits with boat ramps and several one-acre ponds.
  • Self-serve registration is required for fishing. Some areas are restricted or closed during waterfowl seasons.
  • Primary species include catfish, bluegill and largemouth bass.
  • Both gravel pits have gravel boat ramps. A maximum 12-volt electric motor applies.
  • Shoreline fishing is available along the Ryan Ditch (see map).
  • There is a 14-inch minimum size limit for largemouth bass and 10-inch minimum for channel catfish. All other size and bag limits apply. See current fishing regulations for details.

HUNTING

  • Deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, snipe, dove, sora rails, woodcock, waterfowl and wild turkey are common.
  • Registration required. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply. Special hunts include dove and waterfowl hunts by drawing. Pre-registration is required for wild turkey hunting.
  • See current hunting regulations for details.
  • Area 12 is designated for dog training.
  • Portable tree stands or ground blinds may be used and may be left overnight between Sept. 1 and Jan. 10. A fastener used in conjunction with a tree stand and a tree or pole climber that penetrates a tree more than ½ inch is prohibited (anything that penetrates a tree more than a ½ inch is prohibited, i.e. screw-in steps and screw-in bow and gun hangers). Tree stands and ground blinds must be legibly marked in english with the owner’s name, address and telephone number.
  • Waterfowl drawings are 4:30 a.m. local time.
  • Dove drawings are 11 a.m. local time.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Wildlife Watching

  • The 8,142 acres of Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area offer a unique opportunity to observe large numbers of Canada geese and sandhill cranes.
  • Two observation towers provide great viewing points to see thousands of sandhill cranes in fall migration.
  • Sandhill cranes are best seen near sunrise and sunset in October and November at the observation tower located just west of the main office. 

Shooting Range

  • The shooting range is open five days per week from Wednesday through Sunday. There is no fee. The hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. The range is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Neighboring Land

  • Jasper-Pulaski State Nursery, managed by the Division of Forestry, (219) 843-4827.
  • Tefft Savanna Nature Preserve, located at Jasper-Pulaski. 
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Additional Opportunities

  • Wetland trapping is available through drawing only.
  • Berries, mushrooms and nuts may be gathered from the property. During spring turkey season, no one is allowed in the field until after noon Central time, except individuals whose names have been drawn to hunt wild turkeys.

RULES

NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.

Please Read and Obey All Signs.

In addition to state fish and wildlife laws, this property is governed by posted regulations affecting the public use of lands and facilities owned, leased or licensed by the Department of Natural Resources.

Posted Areas

Safety zones, refuges, waterfowl resting and other restricted areas are marked with appropriate signs.

Violations

Violation of any law, rule or regulation governing this property may be cause for forfeiting your hunting, fishing, or visiting privileges on this area.

Responsibility

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, will not be held responsible for any accidents or deaths occurring from the use of these facilities.

Permits

In addition to a hunting and/or fishing license the following permits are required:

  • Permission to hunt during the day must be obtained before entering the field. Hunting badges or one-day hunting permit cards must be in the possession of the hunter at all times. Bagged game must be checked through the check-in station or recorded through established self-service procedures outlined at the check-in station. Self-service drop boxes are located throughout the property for your convenience.
  • No shooting of woodchuck (groundhogs) is allowed.
  • Night and predator hunting is only permitted by daily permit cards from the self-serve check station.
  • Dog training is available in area 12. Check-in at self-serve check station.
  • Collecting Permits are required for the collection of items except nuts, berries and mushrooms.

Target Ranges

  • Target ranges are open to the public on a first come first serve basis. All shooters must obey range rules and regulations.  
  • Park in designated lot only.

Traffic

Traffic on public roads through the area is governed by state and county laws. Traffic over service roads and trails, except by authorized vehicles, is restricted to walking. Park in designated lots only.