Division of the Izaak Walton League (IWLA) expanded its conservation policy
this weekend at its annual convention in Evansville.
approved new policy resolutions supporting shoreline access for anglers in
Gary city limits, creating an IWLA Youth Outdoor Bill of Rights, naming the
Bluegill as the official state fish of Indiana, opposing the proposed
Singleton Quarry in Lake County near the Kankakee River, defining “ethical
hunting” in Indiana, supporting increased public land acquisition in
Indiana, and endorsing an annual planning meeting or a “Conservation
Congress,” between the Indiana DNR and the conservation community.
“Even with decades
of conservation policy already in place, we need to be able to address new
issues and those that will just not go away,” said PCC president Jim
include the lack of shoreline access for anglers within city limits of Gary
and the ongoing battle fighting deer shooting preserves in Indiana. “We
think it is just plain wrong that the people of Gary and northwest Indiana
don’t have a single place to get at the Lake Michigan sport fishery from the
shoreline in Gary,” he said.
“The State of
Indiana needs to properly define ethical hunting in Indiana and keep the
management of its wildlife with the professionals in the DNR,” referring to
repeated efforts in the General Assembly to make shooting deer in fenced
enclosures legal. “It’s unethical and poses a tremendous threat to the
wildlife of Indiana,” Sweeney added.
information on Izaak Walton League policy, contact Porter County Chapter
President Jim Sweeney at 219-322-7239.
The Izaak Walton
League of America was founded in Chicago in 1922 as the “Defenders of soil,
air, woods, water, and wildlife.” The Porter County Chapter was founded in
1958 to help create the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and is still
involved in numerous local and regional issues.