Hunt, fish at Big Oaks this weekend
Saturday, May 11, 2013 4:59 AM
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is offering additional opportunities for fishing at Old Timbers Lake, hiking, bird watching, turkey hunting and mushroom hunting today and Sunday.
The hours will be 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Today and Sunday also will be the last two days of turkey hunting at Big Oaks for the year. Turkey hunters may come to the Big Oaks Refuge office at 5:30 a.m. and will be able to choose an area to hunt.
Everyone must view a mandatory safety briefing and sign an acknowledgment of danger form. All turkey hunters must hunt with a partner.
Mushroom hunting is for personal use only and the refuge requires a mesh bag for collecting to allow mushroom spores to be released.
Recreational fishing is allowed in the 165-acre Old Timbers Lake from April through November on Mondays, Fridays, and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.
There is a 30-boat limit on the lake. (Only electric trolling motors permitted.) A trail and a photo blind are ready for wildlife photographers and nature lovers at Big Tree Point at Old Timbers Lake. Off-trail hiking also is allowed in the northeast portion of the refuge, known as the public-use area.
All refuge visitors must view the safety briefing once per calendar year, and sign an acknowledgment of danger form. A daily pass to the refuge costs $3, an annual pass is $15 and hunt permits are $15. Holders of an interagency access/senior Pass will be charged a reduced rate.
Call the refuge office for further details (812) 273-0783 or visit the website: (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks ).