Northwest Indiana Chapter

Waterfowl U.S.A.

1707 South Cline Avenue, Griffith Indiana  46318

Telephone (219) 322-1545

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I would like to recap some of the year events since the last write-up.

In July of this year WUSA cosponsored a Youth Wood duck outdoor event at the LaSalle Fish and Wildlife Area here in Indiana.  Some 27 youths participated in releasing banded wood ducks; building nesting houses for the birds; and a retriever demonstration.  The kids were well fed and given T-Shirts.  I, Rocky Damian, and Tom Fritsch coordinated the event on behalf of the organization.

The annual fall fun shoot held in August brought out our largest group of shooters for the event making it the most successful one by the Chapter due to efforts of Paul Zurbriggen and Pat Clark the Chapter Chairpersons and the many sponsors.   We also thank Bob Neises who donated shotguns for every youth who shot sporting clays that day.

September brought on the opening of the dove season and once again the NW IN Chapter contributed thru the Shelby Chapter of Isaac Walton for the annual Youth Dove hunt again at LaSalle Fish and Game wherein the kids participated in practice shooting, safety, and lunch before proceeding to the property for actual hunt.  Also, dove hunting on the Don/Mary Roberts Wildlife Area in Starke County, IN provided some excellent wing shooting with over 1,000 birds harvested in the first 3 days of the season.  Don Roberts managed the hunt event.

October brought on the annual Horicon Marsh Goose Hunt Event with some 39 hunters taking to the fields.  The weather was greatly improved over the rains of 2012 and while fields, were tough to find due to the late planting and delayed harvest, majority of the hunters filled allowed tags during the first two days of the hunt and several into the third and final day.  Feedback was positive and a first goose for our Hunt of a Lifetime youth guest, Kyle Bartolini, who shared some thoughts found in our updates.

In November we started our Youth Waterfowl Hunts on the Jerry Allen property.  Rocky Damian and Tom Fritsch took the reins in coordinating this annual event formerly handled by John Jelinek.  All "Woodie" youths were given the opportunity for a day's hunt on the property and read some of their stories about their experience on this website.

Lastly, Barbara Jelinek coordinated the design and acquisition of a bronze plaque commemorating the life of her husband and our friend John Jelinek to be permanently placed at our Jerry Allen Marsh property.  Click Here to view the memorial stone.The dedication is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:00PM.  Please contact Barb at 219-465-7039 if you will be attending.

At the beginning of January we will be updating our calendar of events for 2014 so please check back.

Paul Mazerik

Northwest Indiana Chapter Of Waterfowl USA

1707 South Cline Avenue, Griffith IN 46319

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