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Do you like wildlife? If so, you should take advantage of one of these opportunities from this week’s Outdoor Adventures column.

Sand sculpture competition

Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton hosts this annual animal-themed contest on July 13 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT. Judging with public participation begins at noon.

Evening paddling

Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park in Osceola will host its next evening paddle trip on July 17 (and again on August 7) ​​from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. Registration must be made by the previous Monday at 574-654-3155.

Reserved Hunts in Indiana

Hunters can apply now through August 4 at for reserved hunts in certain lists of counties across Indiana, depending on the type of hunt.

These include dove hunting on state fish and wildlife areas and deer hunting on national wildlife refuges. Also available on private lands are youth deer hunting, bow and arrow deer hunting, small game hunting, and teal and early geese hunting.

Art for Indiana Licenses

Want to see your nature or wildlife photo or artwork on Indiana’s hunting, fishing and trapping licenses next year? Submit up to two pieces of art or photos to [email protected] by August 2.

No artificial intelligence art accepted. If you are one of the four selected, your name and city will be included on the card. For full contest guidelines, visit

Find columnist Joseph Dits on Facebook at SBTOutdoorAdventures or 574-235-6158 or [email protected].

This article originally appeared in the South Bend Tribune: Try Indiana Dunes sand sculptures, kayaking, reserve hunting and licensing art