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Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area

Jasper-Pulaski FWA
5822 Fish and Wildlife Lane
Medaryville, IN 47957
219-843-4841
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET, (7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. CT)
Monday – Friday, closed holidays.
Email: JasperPulaskiFWA@dnr.in.gov 
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Jasper-Pulaski FWA advisories

  • All visitors must obtain a one-day access permit before entering the field, regardless of their activity. Visitors must keep their one-day access permit on them while visiting and must complete and return their permit to a self-service booth, drop-box, or the office before leaving.
  • Description

    This property is a stop on the

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    Learn more at www.indianabirdingtrail.com.

    Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality outdoor recreational opportunities while maintaining 8,179 acres of wetland, upland and woodland game habitat. The property'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 & wildlife area.

  • Activities

    All visitors must obtain a one-day access permit before entering the field, regardless of their activity. The one-day access permit must be kept with you while visiting and must be completed and returned to a self-service booth, drop box, or the office before you leave. The information you provide helps us identify ways to improve Indiana’s FWAs for all users. We appreciate your patience in taking the extra time to fill out the permit. Your feedback and comments are valuable to us.

    Fishing

    • Jasper-Pulaski FWA provides fishing areas along Ryan Ditch, as well as two gravel pits with boat ramps and several 1-acre ponds.
    • Some areas are restricted or closed during waterfowl seasons.
    • Primary species include catfish, bluegill, and largemouth bass.
    • Both gravel pits have gravel boat ramps. A maximum 12-volt electric motor is allowed.
    • There is a 14-inch minimum size limit for largemouth bass and 10-inch minimum for channel catfish. All other state size and bag limits apply.
    • See current fishing regulations for details.

    Hunting

    • Deer, quail, rabbit, squirrel, snipe, dove, sora rails, woodcock, waterfowl and wild turkey are common.
    • Registration is required. All state hunting seasons and bag limits apply. Special hunts include dove and waterfowl hunts by drawing. Advance registration is required for wild turkey hunting.
    • See current hunting regulations for details.
    • Area 12 is designated for dog training.
    • Deer tree stands and ground blinds may be used and left unattended from noon, Sept. 15 through Jan. 10. No unattended tree stands are permitted in Area 16 (waterfowl resting area). Tree stands and ground blinds must be legibly marked in English with either the owner's DNR customer identification number or the owner’s name, address and telephone number. A fastener used in conjunction with a tree stand and a tree or pole climber that penetrates a tree more than ½ inch is prohibited (i.e., anything that penetrates a tree more than a ½ inch is prohibited, e.g., screw-in steps and screw-in bow and gun hangers).
    • Waterfowl drawings are 4:30 a.m. CT, 5:30 a.m. ET.
    • Dove drawings are 11 a.m. CT, noon ET.

    Trapping

    • Wetland trapping is available through drawing only. The drawing is held at the property office the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET) to allocate trapping opportunities.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Need a reason to get outside and move? You can volunteer alone or in small groups at this property. Some activities include trash pick-up, basic gardening, painting, and more. Call the property office for details.

    Wildlife Watching

    • The 8,179 acres of Jasper-Pulaski FWA offer a unique opportunity to observe large numbers of sandhill cranes.
    • An observation tower provides great viewing points to see thousands of sandhill cranes in fall migration.
    • Sandhill cranes are best seen near sunrise and sunset in October, November, December, February, and March.
    • Mushrooms, berries and nuts may be gathered; however a written permit is required to remove plants, animals, rocks and fossils.

    Shooting Range

    • A firearm range and a separate archery range are both available to the public free of charge.
    • Daily self-service check-in is required at both the firearm and archery range.
    • Shooting benches are provided but are not under cover.
    • Only paper targets, properly posted on provided target bases are permitted. Users must provide paper targets, cardboard (minimum 24 inches wide), and fasteners for provided target holders.
    • The firearm range provides open-sky shooting stations at 10, 15, 25, 50, 100, and 200 yards, as well as an attached shotgun range at the east end. The 10- and 15-yard ranges are for handgun shooting only.
    • The shotgun range has a designated area for clay target shooting. Users must provide clay targets and throwers.
    • The archery range provides shooting stations at 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards.
    • See the Fish & Wildlife Area Shooting Ranges webpage for hours.

    Neighboring Land

    • Jasper-Pulaski State Nursery, managed by the Division of Forestry, 219-843-4827.
    • Tefft Savanna and Coastal Plain Ponds Nature Preserves located at Jasper-Pulaski FWA.
    • The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

    Camping and swimming are prohibited.

    Please read and obey all signs.

  • Rules

    A record of Fish & Wildlife Area property rules can be found on the Indiana Fish & Wildlife Area Rules webpage.  Property specific rules can be found below, if applicable.  Contact the property directly for specific questions.

    Permits

    In addition to a hunting and/or fishing license, the following permits are required:

    • All visitors must obtain a one-day access permit before entering the field, regardless of their activity. The one-day access permit must be kept with you while visiting and must be completed and returned to a self-service booth, drop box, or the office before you leave. The information you provide helps us identify ways to improve Indiana’s FWAs for all users. We appreciate your patience in taking the extra time to fill out the permit. Your feedback and comments are valuable to us.
    • The shooting of woodchuck (groundhogs) is prohibited.
    • All hunters must obtain a one-day hunting permit corresponding to the game they wish to hunt. Upon completion of hunt, fill out harvest information and return permit to a self-service booth, drop-box, or the office before leaving.
    • Dog training is available in Area 12. Check-in is at the self-serve check station.
  • Maps
  • Aukiki Wetland Conservation Area

    Aukiki WCA, in combination with The Nature Conservancy’s NIPSCO Savanna property, provides 600 acres of land open to visitors. The land borders the Kankakee River and consists of both river bottoms and oak savanna uplands.

    Activities:

    • Deer hunting is allowed with archery equipment only. Tree stands and blinds may not be left unattended and must be removed at the end of each hunt.
    • Waterfowl hunting may be available if conditions allow. Hunts will be allocated by drawing at Jasper Pulaski FWA.
    • Spring turkey hunting available by online reserve hunts only.
    • No night hunting or dog running is allowed.
    • Hunting except deer, waterfowl, and spring turkey follows normal state seasons, laws, and regulations. No sign-in is required.
    • No trapping is allowed.
    • Open for all other uses per normal Fish & Wildlife area rules and regulations.
    • Park in designated lots only. No camping, fires, or off-road travel is allowed.
    • For questions, contact Jasper Pulaski FWA at 219-843-4841 or by email at JasperPulaskiFWA@dnr.IN.gov.
  • Howat 80 Wildlife Management Area
    • Howat 80 WMA consists of 80 wooded acres in Pulaski County, located east of S.R. 421 on C.R. 300 S.
    • Hunting for all legal games species is allowed. The most common species on the property are squirrel, deer, and turkey. Tree stands and blinds may not be left unattended and must be removed at the end of each hunt.
    • All hunting follows normal state seasons, laws, and regulations. No sign-in required.
    • Open for all other uses per normal Fish & Wildlife area rules and regulations.
    • No trapping is allowed.
    • Park in the designated lot only. No camping, fires, or off-road travel is allowed.
    • For questions, contact Jasper Pulaski FWA at 219-843-4841 or by email at JasperPulaskiFWA@dnr.IN.gov.