Posts Tagged ‘Indiana’


Posted: Nov 05, 2013 1:52 PM EST

Updated: Nov 05, 2013 5:43 PM EST

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Tim Bowers got to decide for himself whether he wanted to live or die.

When the avid outdoorsman was badly hurt Saturday in a hunting accident, doctors said he would be paralyzed and could be on a ventilator for life. His family had a unique request: Could he be brought out of sedation to hear his prognosis and decide what he wanted to do?

Doctors said yes, and Bowers chose to take no extra measures to stay alive. He died Sunday, hours after his breathing tube was removed.

“We just asked him, ‘Do you want this?’ And he shook his head emphatically no,” his sister, Jenny Shultz, said of her brother, who was often found hunting, camping or helping his father on his northeastern Indiana farm.

The 32-year-old was deer hunting when he fell 16 feet from a tree and suffered a severe spinal injury that paralyzed him from the shoulders down. Doctors thought he might never breathe on his own again.

Courts have long upheld the rights of patients to refuse life support. But Bowers’ case was unusual because it’s often family members or surrogates, not the patient, who make end-of-life decisions.



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(Folks – BE SAFE!  Harnesses are NOT expensive compared to the kind of damage you can do to yourself if you fall.  I’ve fallen 16 feet HUNDREDS of times (I used to do live theater stunts in college. Hey, ‘young and dumb,’ as they say, ask me how many straight fingers I have left sometime) but that was when I was 20 years old – I’m more than double that now, and instead of a snappy rolling fall and jump up at the end, these days I expect there would be a loud thump followed by a groan, if I was even conscious.  Most tree stands now COME WITH a basic safety harness, however if you bought your treestand second hand, or if you’re using a home made stand or elevated box blind, that doesn’t mean skip the safety harness.  In an elevated box stand, a safety line off of the ladder works the same as a safety line from a ladder stand. USE IT. )

My condolences to the Bowers family.  32 is far too young.

January 11, 12, and 13th we will host the First Annual Archery and Whitetail Deer Expo featuring Team Bow Masters of Arkansas 3-D Pop Up Shoot-em-Up Challenge.
  • Team Bow Masters puts on shoots all over the country and this is their first shoot in the state of Indiana. This is a challenging and fun 3-D Pop Up Shoot open to the public and to all ages. There will be approximately $2500.00 in cash and prizes to be awarded after the shoot and many other door prizes to be given away through out the three day event.
  • We will also have a beginner range with state certified and well trained instructors to teach people of all ages who want to learn how to shoot a bow and learn about the rules and regulations of an archery range.
  • Peggy and Allen Royer will be putting on seminars throughout the event. The Whitetail fix TV show airing this summer will be here giving seminars throughout the three day event as well as a biologist who will talk about the effect that this years drought has had on the deer heard in Putnam County and the Mid West. If you have questions about food plots and property and deer management, we will have someone giving talks about this as well.
  • We have quality hand made crafts, art, jewelry, furniture, clothing and sporting goods, Trucks and ATVs from various vendors. There will be something for everyone to see at the expo.
Bring your bows and participate in the shoot or watch from the bleachers. We will be scheduling other indoor shoots for 2013 including a 3-D Pop-Up Shoot-Em-Up Challenge State Championship. In March of 2013 we will also be celebrating our grand opening of our Mid West (outdoor) 3-D Archery Range located behind the C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale, Indiana just off of I-70 and 231 which will be open to the public. Be sure to “like” the Mid West 3 D Archery Facebook page, and check out our website at

This is an ongoing series looking at each state from the point of view of a nonresident hunter trying to find information about deer hunting, the basic explanation is HERE.


Is the information easy to find?

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Hunting and Trapping page is at the top of the search results.

Grade: A

Website: is it easy to use and understand?

The Indiana DNR uses eRegulations, however unlike other versions of this service that have been reviewed, this one is refreshingly easy to use.  The license fees, hunting seasons, and public hunting area information is easy to find and presented in a readable, quick format.

Grade: A

Does the state hold a lottery system for non-residents or are over the counter licenses available?

Indiana does not appear to use any form of lottery system, all licenses listed so far are over the counter licenses.

Grade: A

 How much does it cost to hunt, and is there a short term license available?

Resident hunting licenses are $17.00 plus $24.00 for deer tags, nonresident hunting licenses are $80.00 for an annual permit, $31.00 for a five day permit, with an additional $150 for deer tags.  Both residents and nonresidents have the option to purchase a ‘deer bundle’ tag, residents for $65.00, nonresidents for $295.00.

Deer license bundle

The deer license bundle is an option some hunters may find beneficial, especially individuals who purchase annual deer licenses for multiple seasons (i.e. equipment types). This license bundle includes privileges to harvest two antlerless deer and one antlered deer.

The deer license bundle can be used during the following seasons: archery, firearms, muzzleloader, and special antlerless. In addition, nonresident youth can use the nonresident youth deer license bundle during the special youth deer season. The deer license bundle cannot be used for hunting deer in an urban deer zone to satisfy urban deer zone bag limits. The resident deer license bundle is $65, the nonresident deer license bundle is $295, and the nonresident youth deer license bundle is $65.

The bundle seems to save nonresident hunters around $30, based on the footnotes on the license fee page.

Grade: A

Are the hunting seasons easy to find and laid out in a logical manner?

The hunting seasons page is easy to read and understand, with a simple structure to the deer seasons section.

Grade: A

 Is public hunting available, if so, are the rules different? If the rules are different, are they easy to understand?

There are two different web pages containing information on Indiana’s Fish & Wildlife areas, the first is a simple map of the state and a list of the addresses and phone numbers, with some information at the bottom of the page.  The second is an interactive map with popups that give the same information as well as a link to the specific area’s web page. The second map is nice, the map can be magnified to show very good topographical detail as well as roads, with the Fish & Wildlife area outlined in green.  Other than some information about check stations staying open later during peak times of the year, there do not appear to be many regulations that are different from the general state rules for hunting.

Grade: A

Are there major issues in hunting this state as a non-resident?

Based on the well-organized, easy to understand and user friendly format of the hunting information, out of state hunters should have no problems planning a hunt in Indiana.

Grade: A

Summary: Final Grade A

A user friendly web site, reasonable prices including a five day license and a deer bundle license that both save hunters money and time, public land that is easy to use, without major regulations or variations in seasons, all of these factors add up to a very hunter friendly state.  I would not hesitate to plan a hunt in Indiana.

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