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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
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DESCRIPTION

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. Jasper-Pulaski’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.

Most revenues used in land acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area are derived from the sale of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. Funds are also received from the federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson programs to aid fish and wildlife restoration. These funds are derived from taxes levied on sport hunting and fishing equipment. Indiana hunters, anglers and trappers are proud to provide this property for the enjoyment of all people.

ACTIVITIES

Fishing

  • Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area provides fishing areas along the Ryan Ditch, two gravel pits with boat ramps and several one-acre ponds.
  • Self-serve check-in is required for fishing. Some areas are restricted or closed during waterfowl seasons. Ask at headquarters for restrictions.
  • 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 the current fishing regulations for details.

Hunting

  • Deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, snipe, dove, sora rails, woodcock, waterfowl and wild turkey are common at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area.
  • Check-in is 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 the current hunting regulations for details.
  • Area 12 is designated for dog training.

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. All visitors except picnickers are required to check in.

Neighboring Land

  • Jasper-Pulaski State Nursery
  • Tefft Savanna Nature Preserve
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Additional Opportunities

  • Wetland trapping is available through drawing only. Ask for details.
  • A dog training area is provided in area 12 (see map).
  • Additional hunting opportunities include: dove and waterfowl hunts by drawings. Pre-registration is required for turkey hunting.
  • Seasonally, large numbers of Canada geese and sandhill cranes can be seen from observation towers at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area.
  • Berries, mushrooms and nuts may be gathered from the property.
  • Tefft Savanna Nature Preserve is located at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area.

NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.

Please Read and Obey All Signs.

RULES

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. PLEASE READ AND OBEY ALL 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 on Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area 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 only. Check-in at self-serve check station.
  • Collecting Permits are required from the property manager or IDNR for the collection of anything 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.
  • Range hours may vary; check with property headquarters for details.
  • 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.

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