Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting, wildlife viewing and trapping opportunities while maintaining 8,064 acres of prairie and marsh habitat.
Prior to the property being acquired by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the previous landowner entered into a permanent easement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This permanent easement was part of the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and consisted of 7,200 acres. NRCS then assumed responsibility for the wetland restoration.
In October 2005, with the help of The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Indiana Department of Transportation, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and many other organizations, IDNR purchased the 8,064-acre property including the 7,200 acres under permanent WRP easement, creating Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.
Frequently Asked Questions
For your convenience below is a list of rules pertaining to various activities on the property. This list is not a comprehensive list of all property regulations but merely some of the most common rules/regulations that visitors inquire about. If you are planning to visit and have additional questions, we encourage you to call the office at (812) 659-9901.
- Self-service hunts at Goose Pond FWA are: Squirrel, Crow, Turkey, Deer Archery, Deer Muzzleloader, Frog, Snipe and Woodcock (only from Oct. 15 - 31), Dove after Sept. 3 and Light Geese during the Light Goose Conservation Order. All other hunts are draw hunts. Check at office or call (812) 659-990 for details.
- Possession of lead shot while in the field is prohibited.
- Sora season is closed.
- There is a twenty-five (25) shell limit for waterfowl hunters.
- Waterfowl hunting ends at 12 pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Waterfowl hunting starts at 11:30 am on Wednesdays. Fields A through K are open for self-service hunting during the Light Goose Conservation Order and hunting ends at 12 pm daily.
- Light Geese (Snow/Ross) may only be hunted during the Central Zone Waterfowl Seasons and during the Light Goose Conservation Order
- Shooting hours for dove are 8 am - 1 pm from Sept. 1 - 3.
- There is a fifty (50) shell limit for dove hunting.
Upland Game (Quail, Rabbit and Woodcock)
- The daily bag limit for Quail is four (4)
- Shooting hours for Upland Game (Quail, Woodcock and Rabbit) are 9 am - 4 pm
- Turkey hunting hours end at 1 pm Eastern.
- Turkey hunters must be out of the field by 2 pm Eastern
Boating, Fishing and Kayaking During Waterfowl Seasons
- During waterfowl season, only persons registered to hunt waterfowl or trap are permitted on the water.
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.
Safety zones, refuges, waterfowl resting areas and other restricted areas are marked with appropriate signs. PLEASE READ AND OBEY ALL SIGNS.
Violation of any law, rule or regulation governing this property may be cause for forfeiting your hunting, fishing or visiting privileges on this area.
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.
In addition to a hunting and/or a fishing license the following permits are required:
- ALL property visitors on Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area are required to obtain a One Day Access Permit before entering the field. The One Day Access Permit cards must be in possession of each visitor and recorded through established check-in procedures outlined at the self-service booths and headquarters. Self-service booths and drop boxes are located on the property for your convenience.
- Written permission from the Fish and Wildlife Area headquarters is required to enter any waterfowl resting area.
- Partial closures may exist on selected areas at various times of the year. All fishing is closed during waterfowl seasons.
- A DNR Lake Permit is NOT required on Goose Pond FWA.
- 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.