Monday,

2019

at 6:30 pm

April 1

BOCS April Meeting - Safety Video Showing

at Boneyard Bar & Grill, 513 Clifty Dr., Madison, IN

  • Members only early access to BONWR Safety Video

  • Order food + drink off regular menu (individuals responsible for payment)

  • Bringing a non-member? Become one that night for early access!                                                                                                                                              

Friday,

April 19

2019

at 7:00 am

BONWR Public Use - Opening day

 

  • Mondays

  • Fridays

  • 2nd + 4th Saturdays of the month

Saturday,

April 20

2019

at 12:00 pm

Youth Turkey Hunt Workshop 

at Big Oaks NWR Office, Madison, IN

  • To apply to participate in this hunt please send name and address to Big Oaks NWR office. 

  • The workshop provides information and regulations about hunting on the refuge. There will be food and prizes for every participant!

  • Speakers will include our refuge manager and conservation officers to teach the next generation about responsible and ethical hunting. 

Monday,

May 6

2019

at 6:30 pm

BOCS Regular Monthly Meeting

 at Jefferson County Library, Madison, IN

Saturday,

May 18

2019

at 9:00 am

Lodge Cleanup Day at Big Oaks NWR

at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR

  • Join BOCS members in preparing Old Timbers Lodge for the Outdoor Women Event in June

  • Meet at Gate 8 at 9 am for access to the Lodge

  • Lunch will be provided

Saturday,

June 8

2019

at 8:00 am

 Outdoor Women at Big Oaks NWR

at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR 

  • This event is aimed at educating women on the many opportunities of the outdoors. You have the opportunity to take four classes on various outdoor activities, new classes are being offered annually. 

  • This years classes include firearms familiarity, bee keeping, wood working and more!

  •  Registration begins in May, with classes filling quick on a first come first serve basis. 

  • Look for more information on the refuge website and BOCS facebook. 

  • Don't forget to send in your registration forms. Visit the "Contact Us" portion of the website if you have any questions.

Saturday,

July 13

2019

at 7:00 am

Take a Kid Fishing at Big Oaks NWR

at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR

  • This event is aimed at providing kids 15 and under and their families with a free, fun-filled day of fishing and more!

  • There will be a raffle and prizes.

  • No fishing license is required for kids or adult on the day of the event.

  • Our sponsors will be providing food, drinks, and bait for all in attendance.

  • Extra fishing poles are available if needed. 

Saturday,

August 5

2019

at 5:00 pm

Ice Cream Social

at Oakdale School House in Big Oaks NWR

  • While enjoying some home-made ice cream, attendees gather to hear speakers talk about the history of the Oakdale School House.

Saturday,

September 14

2019

1:00-6:00 pm

Lodge Day at Old Timbers Lodge

at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR

  • Old Timbers Lodge will be open for tours and historic interpretation.

  • Displays from Big Oaks Conservation Society, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, other local conservation organizations, refreshments, and limited van tours of nearby Old Timbers Lake.

  • BOCS merchandise will be available for purchase.

  • Free public event! 

Monday,

October 7

2019

at 6:30 pm

BOCS Annual Meeting and Fish Fry

 at Big Oaks NWR office, Madison, IN

  • Bring a covered dish

Friday,

November 1

2019

at 4:30 pm

Youth Deer Hunt Workshop

 at Big Oaks NWR office, Madison, IN

  • Submit your name and address to the Big Oaks NWR office to be considered for this youth hunt. 

  • Join us to learn more about deer hunting. We will go over the refuge regulations and important information about the hunt. 

  • Our refuge manager and conservation officer will educate youths on safety and ethical hunting. 

  • There will be food and prizes for everyone in attendance. 

  • Our youth hunt is one of the biggest in the WORLD, you don't want to miss it!

Saturday,

November 2

2019

at 5:30 am

Youth Deer Hunt 

 at Big Oaks NWR office, Madison, IN

  • Submit your name and address to the Big Oaks NWR office to be considered for this youth hunt. 

  • This is a great opportunity for families and their children to venture out on the refuge and hunt for an entire day.

  • In the past, youths have had great success while making unforgettable memories. 

  • Our youth hunt is one of the biggest in the WORLD, you don't want to miss it!

  • Please contact the refuge office, website, or visit our "Contact Us" section for more information.

Monday,

November 4

2019

at 6:30 pm

BOCS Regular Monthly Meeting

 at Jefferson County Library, Madison, IN

Saturday,

December 14

2019

at 9:00 am

Decorate Lodge for Christmas Party

 at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR

  • Meet at gate 8 at 9 am for access to the lodge

Saturday,

December 14

2019

at 5:00 pm

Holiday Party at Old Timbers Lodge

 at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR

  • Arguably one of the most beautiful times on the refuge

  • Join us for the annual party at Old Timbers Lodge hosted by BOCS

  • Enjoy the beautiful decorations, food, and warm fires

  • Open to members and guests

  • Reservations required 

Saturday,

December 21

2019

at 8:00 am

Christmas Bird Count at Big Oaks

 at Big Oaks NWR Office, Madison, IN

  • Join us for the annual Christmas Bird Count! Navigate through the refuge in teams identifying bird species and counting individuals.

  • Lunch will be provided and all are welcome!

  • Possible bird sightings include Golden Eagles, Northern Harriers, and more!

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