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Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, Indiana

Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area is a nature preserve comprised of approximately 8,062 acres of wetland, upland, and woodland. It is located near the town of Medaryville, Indiana, in the northwestern corner of the state. In the 1930s, the area was a game farm and game preserve. In the 1950s, hunting was allowed on the property, and in 1965, the area was designated a fish and game area. In 1972, it became a fish and wildlife area.

Fishing and hunting are still allowed on the preserve. There are two boat ramps on the main body of water, the Ryan Ditch. Some areas are closed or restricted during waterfowl season, so check with the preserve's main office for more information. Fish such as bluegill, catfish, and largemouth bass can be found in the preserve's waters, but there are minimum size limits for some species. It's best to check fishing regulations before arriving. Commonly hunted game in the preserve include deer, rabbit, squirrel, waterfowl, and wild turkey. State hunting regulations apply and must be followed.

Jasper-Pulaski is also an ideal birdwatching area. Large numbers of Canada geese and sandhill cranes can be found in the preserve, especially during fall migration periods. You'll also see several types of ducks, and on occasion, whooping cranes. There are two observation towers which provide optimum views of migrating birds. Visitors must check in before using the towers.

You can find out more about Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area here.

The state bird of Indiana is the Northern Cardinal and you can find a checklist for birding activities in Indiana here.

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  • Steve Wolfe

    I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Jasper-Pulaski. Watching and listening to 10-15 thousand sandhill cranes was a remarkable experience. We had a beautiful, sunny morning for our visit, and seeing the birds fly in with that golden light causing them to glow was something I won't soon forget.

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