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October 1, 2013
Contact:  Rick Moore (812) 876-0282

Waterfowl hunting dates set at Turtle Creek Reservoir

The winter hunting schedule has been established for Turtle Creek Reservoir. The reservoir will be closed for fishing during periods of waterfowl hunting which coincide with dates set by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The waterfowl season begins Nov. 2 and continues through Feb. 15. Hunting is scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from one-half hour before sunrise until noon.

Preference for sites will be given to parties of two and three with remaining blinds available for individual hunters. Selection of locations will be held at 6 a.m. each hunting day.

Duck season is: Nov. 2 to Nov. 10; Nov. 30 to Jan. 19, 2014.

Goose season is: Nov. 2 to Nov. 12; Nov. 30 to Jan 31, 2014.

Hunting will be on the following dates: Nov. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 30, Dec 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31, Jan 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30.

Dates and times for fishing will vary during waterfowl hunting season. The reservoir will close for fishing at 10 p.m. on Nov. 1 and reopen for fishing at 6 a.m. on Nov 13.

The reservoir will close for fishing at 10 p.m. on Nov. 29 and reopen on Feb. 1 with fishing restricted to the north end of the lake.

The extended goose hunting season is Feb. 1 through Feb 15, 2014 on the south end of the lake. Selection of locations will be at 6:30 a.m. Fishing will resume for the entire lake on Feb. 16, 2014.

Hunters will be charged a user fee of $1 per day for persons 16 years old and under and for those over 65 years of age. All others will be charged $3 per day. A valid hunting license and appropriate stamps are necessary to hunt at the reservoir. Waterfowl hunters must register with the Harvester Information Program (HIP) and the HIP number is to be recorded on the license. All other state and federal waterfowl regulations apply. Hunters must use state approved shot.

Upland game hunting is not permitted at the reservoir or any other Hoosier Energy properties. Wind speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour will cause the reservoir to be closed until conditions improve and security authorizes resumption.

The 1,550-acre reservoir provides cooling water for Hoosier Energy's Merom Generating Station. Hoosier Energy, the power supplier to 18 electric cooperatives in Indiana and Illinois, owns the Merom Generating Station and Turtle Creek Reservoir.