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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

State Parks & Reservoirs > Parks & Reservoirs > Patoka Lake > Patoka Lake - Hunting and Trapping Patoka Lake - Hunting and Trapping

3084 North Dillard Road
Birdseye, IN 47513
(812) 685-2464

Newton-Stewart SRA, Jackson SRA,Lick Fork SRA, Little Patoka SRA,Painter Creek SRA, Walls Lake SRA, South Lick Fork SRA

Hunting and Trapping

Patoka Lake offers hunting for deer, turkey, upland game, and furbearers, as well as migratory game birds. Each hunter is required to sign in at one of nineteen hunter sign in stations before accessing the property, and return their check station card before leaving. All hunting is first come first serve with the exception of the initial two days of the dove season. Dove hunting is only done by drawing on the first two days of the season, and will be held at 6:45 am (EDT) each morning at a designated point on the property.

Bonus county antlerless deer permits are not allowed in the area west of highway 145, and north of highway 164.

Patoka is open to trapping without a bidding process. This regulation is subject to change annually, so please contact the property office for regulations and other details.

The waterfowl resting areas, east of Walls Ramp and the Allen Creek finger, are only open to waterfowl hunting and boat traffic on select days to be determined prior to the season opening, and do not affect the early season waterfowl hunting dates. The Sycamore Creek portion of the lake is always closed to waterfowl hunting. Call, or stop in at the office for those resting area open dates.

All hunters must register and sign the waiver of liability at one of the hunter sign-in stations on the property. Hunter sign-in is mandatory, and failure to sign in and out properly may result in a fine. All game taken must be recorded on a required one-day hunter permit card that is carried with you as you hunt and turned in at the end of the day. At some properties, the card must be returned to the same hunter sign-in station where the waiver of liability was signed; please look for that requirement when you check-in. Take and use only one card per day. This system provides valuable wildlife management information.