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 Winamac FWA
1493 West 500 North
Winamac, IN 46996
(574) 946-4422
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DESCRIPTION

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. The self-service registration and informational area at the east end of the office is open 24 hours a day.

Winamac Fish & Wildlife Area is located in Pulaski County, Indiana, five miles north of the town of Winamac. This area totals 4,880 acres and is comprised of a wide variety of wildlife habitat types including second growth oak forests, crop and fallow fields, small pine plantations, brushy edges, and small shallow wetlands.

In the 1930s, the U.S. Department of the Interior purchased 6,454 acres of marginal farm ground bordering the Tippecanoe River and Hwy. U.S. 35 to provide jobs for the residents in the community. The land was developed as a recreational demonstration area, with picnic shelters, cabins, and campgrounds constructed mostly along the river. In 1943, the property was transferred to the State of Indiana to be operated as Tippecanoe River State Park. In 1959, 3,710 acres of land west of Hwy U.S. 35 was transferred to the Division of Fish & Game (now Division of Fish & Wildlife). Additional land acquisition has increased Winamac FWA to its present acreage. Most of the funds used in land acquisition, development, operation, and maintenance of this property are derived from the sale of Indiana hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. Revenue is also received from the federal Pittman-Robertson program for aid to wildlife restoration. These funds are derived from taxes levied on sport hunting equipment. Indiana hunters, fishermen, and trappers are proud to provide this property for wildlife conservation and the benefit of all people.

FISHING

  • There are two 2-acre ponds for fishing on Winamac FWA located 1/4 mile south of the check station building.
  • Check-in is not required for fishing.
  • Bluegill, channel catfish, and largemouth bass (14 inch size limit) are the major species present.
  • Access by walk-in only.

HUNTING

  • Sportsmen expend nearly 8,000 efforts per year hunting for deer, wild turkey, rabbit, quail, squirrel, woodcock, dove, and furbearers at Winamac.
  • Deer hunting is open for self-service registration. A maximum of 160 deer hunters are allowed on the property per day. The only day the property typically meets the 160 hunter quota is on the opening day of deer firearm season.
  • On opening day, the office opens at 5 a.m. to register deer hunters. The self-service area is open for deer hunting registration 24 hours a day for all other deer hunting season days.
  • Portable tree stands or ground blinds may be used and may be left overnight between Sept. 1 and Jan. 10. 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 (anything that penetrates a tree more than a ½ inch is prohibited, i.e. screw-in steps and screw-in bow and gun hangers). Tree stands and ground blinds must be legibly marked in English with the owner’s name, address and telephone number.
  • Bonus antlerless permits are not allowed to be used on the property.
  • Waterfowl hunting is offered but is limited due to the small amount of wetlands.
  • A self-service check-in is required for deer, small game, waterfowl and night hunting.
  • A pre-season drawing is held to allocate turkey hunt periods. Applications are accepted online from Jan. 31 to March 24. A maximum of 16 hunters are allowed per day on the property. Successfully drawn applicants must register at the property office between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. each day of their hunt period to claim their reservation. On days when the hunter quota of 16 is not met, a stand-by drawing will be held at 5:30 a.m. Hunters that would like to enter the daily stand-by drawing must register daily between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
  • Sunflowers are planted to provide dove hunting opportunities. A pre-season drawing is conducted to allocate dove hunting opportunities on Sept. 1 and 2. Applications are accepted online from July 1 to July 28. Successfully drawn applicants can bring a partner. A stand-by drawing will be conducted to fill remaining unclaimed hunting opportunities. Successfully drawn hunters and stand-by hunters must be present and registered by 11 a.m. The stand-by drawing will take place immediately following the registration of pre-drawn hunters. Hunting hours on Sept. 1 and 2 will be noon to 6 p.m. Drawing needs and hunting hours for days after Sept. 2 will be determined based on dove numbers and hunter demands. Dove hunters are restricted to 50 shells per day. Shells must be non-toxic. Lead shells are not permitted for dove hunting.
  • Put-and-take pheasant hunts are offered beginning the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving through the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Registration for the hunts is online beginning at midnight on Sept. 1. Registered hunters can claim their reservation by signing in at the office any time during the day of their hunt. Pheasant hunters cannot begin hunting until 9 a.m.
  • Quail hunting is open on the property on the opening day of the season and every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. A drawing at the check station will be conducted each hunt day. A maximum of three parties consisting of no more than three hunters per party will be allowed to hunt each day. A drawing will be conducted at the check station at 8:30 a.m. on every hunt day. All individuals or parties must be registered for the draw prior to 8:30 a.m. Hunting hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bag limit for quail is two per day per hunter.
  • The property offers special youth hunting/shooting events. Call the office for details.

Trapping

  • The trapping draw is on the first Saturday in October at 10 a.m. at the property office. The entire property will be allocated to one trapper or one trapping party. All trapping is wetland trapping only with the exception of dog proof traps with pull-type triggers. Special restrictions apply.
  • Only wetland trapping is permitted.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

The oak forests, crop and fallow fields, small pine plantations, brushy edges, and small shallow wetlands of Winamac FIsh & Wildlife Area provide excellent opportunities for hiking, site seeing, bird watching, berry picking, nut gathering and mushroom hunting. Registration is not required. Mushroom hunting is allowed after 1 p.m. during spring turkey hunting season.

Target Ranges

  • There are three public shooting ranges. Daily self-service check-in is required at each range. Shooting benches are provided and undercover. Bring your own paper or cardboard targets and a method to affix the target to a plywood backstop.
  • The archery range provides shooting stations at 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards from the ground or an elevated platform.
  • The shotgun range is for clay targets only. Users must provide clay targets and throwers.
  • The shooting range provides covered shooting stations at 25, 50, 100, and 200 yards. Paper targets only, properly posted on provided target bases. Users must provide paper targets and fasteners.
  • For range hours see shooting range webpage.
  • The archery range is open daily from daylight to dark.
  • Ranges are closed on Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

RULES

NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.

Please Read and Obey All Signs.

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. Pursuant to the Authority of Chapter 60, Acts of 1919, Chapter 120 and Chapter 353, Acts of 1945, Chapter 221, Acts of 1957, Chapter 406 and Chapter 441, Acts of 1965; and the Indiana Code of 1971, 14-3-3.

Safety zones, refuges, waterfowl resting areas and other restricted areas are marked with appropriate 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 fishing license, the following permits/check-ins are required:

  • A self-service check-in is required for deer, small game, waterfowl and night hunting.
  • Pre-season reservation drawings are held for wild turkey hunting (entire season – daily no-show drawings), and dove hunting (first two days – then daily drawings).
  • The put-take pheasant hunt begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Put-take pheasant hunters must pre-register online. 
  • Daily self-service check-in is required at each shooting range.
  • Check-in is not required for fishing.
  • Quail hunting is allocated through a drawing conducted at the property check station.

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.

  • No motorized vehicles, horses or bicycles are permitted beyond county roads.
  • Parking in designated lots only.