Released September 1, 2017

UPDATE: Indiana Hunter Education course canceled


Contact: Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078, [email protected]

ROME CITY, Ind. – Due to many Indiana Conservation Officers aiding those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Indiana Hunter’s Education course slated for Saturday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 9 at Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site has been canceled. The annual Wild Game Cookout is still slated for Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.

“Many of Indiana’s Conservation Officers are being deployed to Texas to assist with rescue and recovery efforts made necessary by Hurricane Harvey,” said Tiffany Conrad, Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site interpretive naturalist. “We greatly appreciate their efforts and in order to be prepared for any further response, our Hunter’s Education course has been canceled.”

The cookout will take place as scheduled, and will feature a selection of wild game including a variety of waterfowl, venison and fish. Previous years have also included squirrel, bear, Northern Pike, Walleye, quail, pheasant, alligator, rabbit and more! Guests will also enjoy a dessert made with paw paws, also known as “Indiana bananas.”

A suggested donation of $5 per person is asked for the cookout and all proceeds will be donated to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund to help protect our endangered animals. The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

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Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is located in Rome City in northeast Indiana. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, the Cabin at Wildflower Woods nestled on the shore of Sylvan Lake was the home of Indiana author Gene Stratton-Porter. Tour the Cabin and explore the beautiful grounds to discover how nature inspired her work. For more information, call 260.854.3790 or visit