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J.E. Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area Hunting and Trapping

517 North Warren Road
Huntington, IN 46750

Little Turtle SRA and Kil-So-Quah SRA


J.E. Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area is located southeast of Huntington and southwest of Fort Wayne in Huntington and Wells counties. Hunting opportunities are available for fox squirrel, cottontail rabbit, deer, mourning dove, woodcock, snipe, sora rail, fox, coyote, crow, and put-take pheasant. Waterfowl hunting is available on ponds, marshes, rivers and lakes (from boats only on main lake). Night hunting for raccoon, opossum, fox and coyote is permitted. Spring turkey hunting is by reservation only. Fall turkey is not reserved.

Mourning dove hunting is by reservation only the first two days of the season. Dove hunting areas are marked by green signs.

The annual youth hunt for mourning doves is the first Saturday in September. Registration in advance is required. Registrations for the first 10-15 youth are accepted beginning July 1. Final number of youth hunters depends on size of hunt area that year.

Put-take pheasant hunting takes place starting the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs for nine days by reservation only. Hunters may start registering online September 1. A fee is charged for this.

All hunters must register and sign the waiver of liability at one of the six 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.

Total acreage at J.E. Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area is 8,200 acres with 900 acres water and 6,200 open to hunting. Visit the state of the art shooting range located at Division Road and 100 East or the archery range located off of Division Road. Two hunter education classes are taught each year, one in February and one in September.

No hunting is allowed in marked safety zones around the major recreation area. All hunting areas are marked with white signs “Resource Management Areas Registered Hunters Only.”

For additional information about hunting opportunities at J.E. Roush Lake Fish & Wildlife Area, contact 260-468-2165.