Indiana Hunting Seasons 2023-2024 [Updated Schedule!]

2023 Indiana Hunting Season offers a  variety of opportunities and possibilities for both residents and non-residents. Hunters may choose from a broad range of game, including rabbits, hares, squirrels, grouse, and birds, as well as fur-bearing animals like foxes, coyotes, and raccoons. The state also offers a free online check-in service and a program that links hunters with landowners wishing to limit the number of antlerless deer on their property in order to maximize the hunting experience. The cost of a hunting or trapping license also changes with the kind of animal being pursued, the time of year, and any other variables.

In this article, we’ll discuss the various hunting seasons in Indiana for 2023-2024, the regulations you need to follow, license and associated fees. So read on to learn more about Indiana hunting season and plan your next hunting trip!

Indiana Deer Seasons
Indiana Deer Seasons

Indiana Hunting Seasons

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has issued a statement outlining the hunting and trapping seasons that will be in effect in the state from February 2023 through March 2024. For red and gray fox, the hunting season runs from October 15 to February 28, 2024, while the trapping season runs from October 15 to January 31, 2024. Similarly, there are certain times of year for hunting and trapping species including coyotes, striped skunks, snipe, sora, Canada geese, and deer.

Woodland Big Game

Woodland Big GameHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Wild Turkey (Youth)Saturday, April 22, 2023Sunday, April 23, 2023"1 bearded or male turkey per hunter during youth/spring season."
Wild Turkey (Spring)Wednesday, April 26, 2023Sunday, May 14, 2023"1 bearded or male turkey per hunter during youth/spring season."
Wild Turkey (Fall-Archery*)Sunday, October 01, 2023Sunday, October 29, 2023See latest Hunting & Trapping Guide for deer season bag restrictions or visit wildlife.IN.gov.
Friday, December 09, 2022Sunday, January 07, 2024See latest Hunting & Trapping Guide for deer season bag restrictions or visit wildlife.IN.gov.
Wild Turkey (Fall-Firearm*)Wednesday, October 18, 2023Sunday, October 29, 2023See latest Hunting & Trapping Guide for deer season bag restrictions or visit wildlife.IN.gov.
Deer (Reduction Zone*)Friday, September 15, 2023Wednesday, January 31, 2024See current Hunting & Trapping Guide for deer season bag limits or visit wildlife.IN.gov
Deer (Youth)Saturday, September 23, 2023Sunday, September 24, 2023See latest Hunting & Trapping Guide for deer season bag restrictions or visit wildlife.IN.gov.
Deer (Archery)Sunday, October 01, 2023Sunday, January 07, 2024See latest Hunting & Trapping Guide for deer season bag restrictions or visit wildlife.IN.gov.
Deer (Firearms)Saturday, November 18, 2023Sunday, December 03, 2023See latest Hunting & Trapping Guide for deer season bag restrictions or visit wildlife.IN.gov.
Deer (Muzzleloader)Saturday, December 09, 2023Sunday, December 24, 2023See latest Hunting & Trapping Guide for deer season bag restrictions or visit wildlife.IN.gov.

  • “To hunt a turkey, you need go out between half an hour before dawn and half an hour after dusk.
  • For a complete list of turkey-hunting-enabled counties in the fall, see the Hunting and Trapping Guide. During the autumn turkey season, hunters are only allowed to take one turkey of each gender. Both the spring and the autumn turkey seasons need their own license.”
  • “Half an hour before dawn and half an hour after dusk are prime times for shooting deer.
  • Urban Zones, now known as Deer Reduction Zones, are restricted to certain areas.”

Woodland Small Game

Woodland Small GameHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Gray & Fox SquirrelTuesday, August 15, 2023Wednesday, January 31, 2024A daily bag limit of 5
Ruffed GrouseSuspendedSuspended

Upland Game

Upland GameHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Pheasant (statewide-cock only)Wednesday, November 01, 2023Friday, December 15, 2023A daily bag limit of 2
Quail (North of I-74)**Wednesday, November 01, 2023Friday, December 15, 2023A daily bag limit of 4
Quail (South of I-74)**Wednesday, November 01, 2023Wednesday, January 10, 2024A daily bag limit of 8
RabbitWednesday, November 01, 2023Wednesday, February 28, 2024A daily bag limit of 5

Furbearers Hunting & Trapping Season

Furbearers (Hunting)Hunting Start DateHunting End Date
Red & Gray FoxSunday, October 15, 2023Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Coyote & Striped SkunkSunday, October 15, 2023Friday, March 15, 2024
Raccoon & OpossumWednesday, November 08, 2023Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Dog Running (Raccoon, Opossum) Chasing season only-no huntingWednesday, February 01, 2023Friday, October 25, 2024
BeaverWednesday, November 15, 2023Friday, March 15, 2024
Mink, Muskrat & Long-Tailed WeaselWednesday, November 15, 2023Wednesday, January 31, 2024
River OtterNo huntingNo hunting
Furbearers (Trapping)Trapping Start DateTrapping End Date
Red & Gray FoxSunday, October 15, 2023Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Coyote & Striped SkunkSunday, October 15, 2023Friday, March 15, 2024
Raccoon & OpossumWednesday, November 08, 2023Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Dog Running (Raccoon, Opossum) Chasing season only-no huntingNo trappingNo trapping
BeaverWednesday, November 15, 2023Friday, March 15, 2024
Mink, Muskrat & Long-Tailed WeaselWednesday, November 15, 2023Wednesday, January 31, 2024
River OtterWednesday, November 15, 2023Friday, March 15, 2024

  • Seasonal bag restriction of 2 river otters per person; no daily bag or possession limitations on other species listed above.
  • Counties where river otter trapping is permitted may be found in the Hunting & Trapping Guide. In the event that the state’s quota is met before the end of the season, the season may be shortened.”

Indiana Small Game Seasons

Indiana Small Game SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Squirrel (Gray & Fox)Monday, August 15, 2022Tuesday, January 31, 20235 per day
RabbitTuesday, November 01, 2022Tuesday, February 28, 20235 per day
Green Frog & BullfrogWednesday, June 15, 2022Sunday, April 30, 202325 per day
Game Turtles *Friday, July 01, 2022Friday, March 31, 20234 per day**

**Dates for each season vary by zone.

Waterfowl & Migratory Bird Season Dates

Waterfowl & Migratory BirdsSeason Start DateSeason End Date
Mourning Dove (Statewide)
Segment 11-Sep15-Oct
Segment 21-Nov26-Nov
Segment 316-Dec3-Jan
Woodcock (Statewide)15-Oct28-Nov
Snipe (Statewide)1-Sep16-Dec
Sora rail (Statewide)1-Sep9-Nov
Early teal (Statewide)9-Sep24-Sep
Ducks, Coots, and mergansers
North Zone
Segment 128-Oct17-Dec
Segment 226-Dec3-Jan
Central Zone
Segment 14-Nov12-Nov
Segment 224-Nov13-Jan
South Zone
Segment 111-Nov12-Nov
Segment 22-Dec28-Jan
Geese (Canada, brant, white-fronted snow, and Ross's)
North Zone
Segment 19-Sep17-Sep
Segment 228-Oct5-Nov
Segment 318-Nov11-Feb
Central Zone
Segment 19-Sep17-Sep
Segment 24-Nov18-Nov
Segment 324-Nov11-Feb
South Zone
Segment 19-Sep17-Sep
Segment 211-Nov11-Feb
Segment 3
Youth and veteran only hunting days
North Zone21-Oct22-Oct
Central Zone28-Oct29-Oct
South Zone4-Nov5-Nov

Indiana Hunting Season by Species

Indiana Deer Seasons

Indiana Deer SeasonHunting Dates
Deer (Youth)Sept 23 & Sept 24, 2023
Deer (Archery)Oct 1, 2023-Jan 7, 2024
Deer (Muzzleloader)Dec 9-Dec 24, 2023
Deer (Firearms)Nov 18, 2023-Dec 3, 2023
Deer (Reduction Zone)Sept 15, 2023-Jan 31, 2024

*By area, season, and license, deer bag limitations might change. Deer harvesting requires a license. Before venturing into the woods, make sure to stop by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to get a license and further details.

Turkey Season

Indiana Turkey SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Turkey (Youth)22-Apr-2323-Apr-23A bag limit of 1 bearded turkey in spring season
Turkey (Spring)26-Apr-2314-May-23A bag limit of 1 bearded turkey in spring season
Turkey (Early Fall Archery)1-Oct-2329-Oct-23A bag limit of 1 turkey of either sex for fall season
9-Dec-227-Jan-24A bag limit of 1 turkey of either sex for fall season
Turkey (Fall Firearm)18-Oct-2329-Oct-23A bag limit of 1 turkey of either sex for fall season

Beaver Season

IN Beaver SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Beaver15-Nov-2315-Mar-24

Coyote Season

IN Coyote SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Coyote15-Oct-2315-Mar-24

Striped Skunk

IN Striped Skunk SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Striped Skunk15-Oct-2315-Mar-24

Fox Season

Indiana Fox SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Fox (Red & Gray)15-Oct-2328-Feb-24

Mink Season

IN Mink SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Mink15-Nov-2331-Jan-24

Muskrat Season

IN Muskrat SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Muskrat15-Nov-2331-Jan-24

Rabbit Season

Indiana Rabbit SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Rabbit1-Nov-2328-Feb-24A bag limit of 5 per day

Raccoon Season

IN Raccoon SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Raccoon8-Nov-2331-Jan-24
Dog Running Raccoon Chasing season only (no hunting)1-Feb-2325-Oct-24

Opossum Season

IN Opossum SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Opossum8-Nov-2331-Jan-24
Dog Running Opossum Chasing season only (no hunting)1-Feb-2325-Oct-24

Squirrel Season

IN Squirrel SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limit
Gray & Fox Squirrel15-Aug-2331-Jan-245

Quail Season

Indiana Quail SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Quail – South of I741-Nov-2310-Jan-24A bag limit of 8 per day
Quail – North of I741-Nov-2315-Dec-23A bag limit of 4 per day

Pheasant Season

IN Pheasant SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limit
Pheasant (statewide-cock only)1-Nov-2315-Dec-232

Weasel Season

IN Weasel SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Long-Tailed Weasel15-Nov-2331-Jan-24

Crow Season

IN Crow SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limit
Crow1-Jul-2315-Aug-23No Limit
13-Dec-231-Mar-24No Limit

River Otter Season

IN River Otter SeasonHunting SeasonTrapping Season
River OtterNo Hunting SeasonNov 15, 2023-March 15, 2024

Ruffed Grouse Season

IN Ruffed Grouse SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End Date
Ruffed GrouseSuspendedSuspended

Frog Season

IN Frog SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limit
Green Frog & Bullfrog15-Jun-2330-Apr-2425

Turtles Season

IN Turtles SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateBag Limit
Eastern Snapping Turtle, Smooth & Spiny Softshell Turtles1-Jul-2331-Mar-244 (Limit is singly or combined. Should have a minimum carapace length 12 inches)

Dove Season

Indiana Dove SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Dove (Statewide-1)Thursday, September 01, 2022Sunday, October 16, 2022A bag limit of 15 per day.
Dove (Statewide-2)Tuesday, November 01, 2022Sunday, November 27, 2022A bag limit of 15 per day.
Dove (Statewide-3)Saturday, December 17, 2022Monday, January 02, 2023A bag limit of 15 per day.

Duck Season

Indiana Duck SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Duck (Teal)Saturday, September 10, 2022Sunday, September 25, 2022Limit of 6 bags per day.
Duck (Youth and Veteran North Zone)Saturday, October 15, 2022Sunday, October 16, 2022same seasonal bag limitations apply.
Duck (Early North Zone)Saturday, October 22, 2022Sunday, December 11, 2022Limit of 6 bags per day. subject to species
Duck (Youth and Veteran Central Zone)Saturday, October 22, 2022Sunday, October 23, 2022same seasonal bag limitations apply.
Duck (Youth and Veteran South Zone)Saturday, October 29, 2022Sunday, October 30, 2022same seasonal bag limitations apply.
Duck (Early Central Zone)Saturday, October 29, 2022Sunday, November 06, 2022Limit of 6 bags per day. subject to species
Duck (Early South Zone)Saturday, November 05, 2022Sunday, November 06, 2022Limit of 6 bags per day. subject to species
Duck (Late Central Zone)Saturday, November 19, 2022Sunday, January 08, 2023Limit of 6 bags per day. subject to species
Duck (Late South Zone)Saturday, November 26, 2022Sunday, January 22, 2023Limit of 6 bags per day. subject to species
Duck (Late North Zone)Monday, December 26, 2022Tuesday, January 03, 2023Limit of 6 bags per day. subject to species

Goose Season

Indiana Goose SeasonHunting Start DateHunting End DateNote
Goose (South Zone-1)Saturday, September 10, 2022Sunday, September 18, 2022
Goose (North Zone-1)Saturday, September 10, 2022Sunday, September 18, 2022
Goose (Central Zone-1)Saturday, September 10, 2022Sunday, September 18, 2022
Goose (Youth and Veteran North Zone)Saturday, October 15, 2022Sunday, October 16, 2022Same bag limits as regular seasons
Goose (North Zone-2)Saturday, October 22, 2022Sunday, October 30, 2022
Goose (Youth and Veteran Central Zone)Saturday, October 22, 2022Sunday, October 23, 2022Same bag limits as regular seasons
Goose (Central Zone-2)Saturday, October 29, 2022Sunday, November 06, 2022
Goose (Youth and Veteran South Zone)Saturday, October 29, 2022Sunday, October 30, 2022Same bag limits as regular seasons
Goose (South Zone-2)Saturday, November 05, 2022Sunday, November 20, 2022
Goose (Central Zone-3)Saturday, November 19, 2022Sunday, February 12, 2023
Goose (North Zone-3)Saturday, November 19, 2022Sunday, February 12, 2023
Goose (South Zone-3)Saturday, November 26, 2022Sunday, February 12, 2023

Veteran and Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days (ducks, geese, mergansers and coots)

(HUNTING ZONES)(SCHEDULED DATES)(BAG LIMITS)
(North-Zone)(October. 15-16)(Same as Regular Season *****)
(Central-Zone)(October. 22-23)(Same as Regular Season *****)
(South-Zone)(October. 29-30)(Same as Regular Season *****)

*The hours of daylight and twilight are open for shooting.

** Mourning and white-winged doves are subject to the same daily bag and possession limits.

*** There is a 15-coot daily bag restriction. There is a daily bag limit of 5 mergansers, with no more than 2 of them permitted to be hooded mergansers. Per day, each hunter is allowed to capture six ducks in total, including no more than four mallards (two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, two canvasbacks, one pintail, two redheads, two black ducks, one mottled duck, and one or two scaup. Only one scaup may be included in the daily bag limit before to November 6 in the Northern Zone, November 25 in the Central Zone, and December 9 in the Southern Zone. After a particular date, you’ll be able to add two scaup in your daily bag limit. The maximum number of bags a person may hold at any one time is three times the daily limit.

**** There is a daily bag limit of five for all three species of dark geese (Canada, White-front, and Brant). The daily bag limit for black geese is twice that of other varieties. There is a daily bag limit of 20 for white, blue, and Ross geese. There are no regulations on the ownership of light geese.

***** Both inexperienced and seasoned hunters are restricted to a daily bag limit of one scaup.

Hunting Licenses Fees

Between July 1 and August 31, applicants may submit their programs of choice. For locals, the cost of a hunting or trapping license may be anything from $2 to $25, while out-of-state hunters can pay anywhere from $7 to $300. Apprenticeships and youth hunting permits are also available. Each license is good for one full calendar year, beginning April 1 and ending March 31.

License CategoriesApprenticeResidentNonresidentNote
Res. Youth Consolidated Hunt/Trap (Youth Licence)Yes$12 NA
Nonres. Annual Youth Hunting (Youth Licence)YesNA$20 Do not include turkeys or deer.
Nonres. Youth Deer Hunting (Youth Licence)YesNA$39
Nonres. Deer License Bundle (Youth Licence)YesNA$91
Nonres. Youth Spring Turkey Hunting (Youth Licence)YesNA$32 When going for turkeys, doves, quail, and pheasants, you'll need a Game Bird Habitat Stamp.
Nonres. Youth Fall Turkey Hunting (Youth Licence)YesNA$32 When going for turkeys, doves, quail, and pheasants, you'll need a Game Bird Habitat Stamp.
Nonres. Annual Youth Trapping (Youth Licence)NoNA$20
Annual Hunting & Fishing  (Combo Hunt/Fish)Yes$32 NADo not include turkeys or deer.
Disabled American Veterans Annual Hunt/Fish (Combo Hunt/Fish)No$2.75 NADo not include turkeys or deer.
Disabled American Veterans 10-Year Hunt/Fish (Combo Hunt/Fish)No$27.50 NADo not include turkeys or deer.
Annual Hunting (Hunting License-except deer and turkey)Yes$20 $90 Do not include turkeys or deer.
Five-Day Hunting (Hunting License)YesNA$50 Do not include turkeys or deer.
Deer Hunting 3 (Deer License)Yes$39 $240 • Reduction Zone, guns, archery, crossbow, muzzleloader, and bonus antlerless permits all fall under the umbrella term "deer hunting."
• Antlerless deer hunting permits for residents: $24 for the second and each successive license. Before buying the second and any further extra antlerless licenses at the reduced rate, you must first purchase the first license at full price (in this case, $39).
• Hunting permits for non-residents to pursue antlerless deer are $39 for a second license and each license afterwards. After spending $240 on the first bonus antlerless license, you'll be eligible to buy further permits at a reduced rate.
Deer License Bundle (Deer License)Yes$91 $550
Spring Turkey HuntingYes$32 $175 Game Bird Habitat Stamp is required to hunt turkey, dove, quail and pheasant.
Fall Turkey HuntingYes$32 $175 When going for turkeys, doves, quail, and pheasants, you'll need a Game Bird Habitat Stamp.
Game Bird Habitat StampNo$11 $11 When going for turkeys, doves, quail, and pheasants, you'll need a Game Bird Habitat Stamp.
Waterfowl StampNo$11 $11 Migratory waterfowl hunting requires a Waterfowl Stamp Privilege.
Annual TrappingNo$20 $140
Annual FishingNo$23 $60
Trout/Salmon StampNo$11 $11
One-Day Fishing (includes trout/salmon)No$10 $15
Seven-Day FishingNoNA$35
Senior Annual FishingNo$3 NA
Senior Fish for LifeNo$23 NA

Indiana Hunting Regulations

  • Bag limits: When hunting or trapping in Indiana, it is prohibited to take more than the daily bag limit for wild animals. Except for migrating birds, deer, and wild turkeys, the possession restriction is double the daily bag limit. Any wild animal processed and kept at a person’s principal home is exempt from the possession restriction, except for ducks and migratory birds. It is prohibited to take more than the daily possession limit of wild animals out of Indiana in a vehicle in a single day. Harvested wild animals left unattended must have a tag or be placed in a sealed container or bag that includes the taker’s name and address, the date the animals were taken, and the taker’s signature (s).
  • Hunting Hours: Turkey may be hunted in Indiana from half an hour before dawn to half an hour after sunset, except for state-owned land, when the hours may be extended. Deer may be hunted a half-hour before dawn and a half-hour after sundown. No laws prohibit the taking of furbearers by legal means of hunting or trapping. Only rabbits may be taken in February on certain DNR-designated lands, but elsewhere, small game is open season. Waterfowl (ducks and geese) may be hunted legally from half an hour before dawn to half an hour after sunset, except for teals, which can be shot at any time throughout the day. However, shooting times on state-owned land may vary.
  • Purple Paint (No Trespassing): Property owners in Indiana may paint the purple no trespassing signs seen on many properties. This sign has the same legal force as a “No Trespassing” sign and must be visible to anybody approaching the property. Visit iga.IN.gov or consult Indiana Code Section 35-43-2-.2.
  • Hunter Orange: When hunting certain species in Indiana between November 1 and January 31, such as deer, rabbit, pheasant, quail, turkey, woodcock, and squirrel, hunters must wear hunter orange attire. Hunters must comply by wearing a solid bright orange item that is visible as outer clothing, such as a vest, coat, jacket, coveralls, helmet, or cap, with minimum logos or patches permitted. Fluorescent orange clothing with camouflage patterns does not qualify.
  • Remains of Wild Animals: Any Indiana Conservation Officer, other law enforcement officer, DNR property manager or assistant property manager, or wildlife biologist may issue a permit to possess a dead deer, wild turkey, river otter, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, Eastern cottontail rabbit, Northern bobwhite, pheasant, or furbearer (such as a beaver, coyote, fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, skunk Permits to possess these creatures may also be issued by a Conservation Officer in Indiana if they are discovered dead of another cause, or by a person designated by such officer. Dead wildlife that cannot be identified should be reported at on.IN.gov/sickwildlife.
  • Disputing the Habitats: The introduction of smoke, fire, fumes, chemicals, a ferret or other small animal, or any mechanical device (other than a lawfully set trap) into the location where a wild animal is hidden or sheltered is prohibited in Indiana. This includes shooting into the animal’s den, nest, hole, burrow, or house. To avoid disturbing a wild animal from its home or another spot hidden for security or protection, it is prohibited for a human to wear or use a device to climb poles or trees, as well as to carry an axe or saw when in the field at night.
  • Trespassing: Hunting, trapping, chasing, or retrieving wildlife on private property in Indiana is forbidden without the consent of the proprietor or renter. The hunting.IN.gov website has a form you may use to get permission from landowners before accessing their property.
  • Drones: The use of drones in Indiana to seek, scout, find, or detect wild animals is illegal during hunting season and for the preceding 14 days. However, there are exceptions to using drones in fields including agriculture, animal pest control, and scientific study.
  • Party Hunting: Party hunting, defined as going on a hunt to fill other people’s permits, is prohibited in Indiana. The legislation of Indiana prohibits this kind of behavior.
  • Spotlighting: The use of a spotlight or other artificial light from a moving vehicle while possessing a rifle, bow, or crossbow is prohibited in Indiana. To take, try to take, or aid another person in taking any wild animal is also forbidden, except for fur-bearing animals, crayfish, and frogs. When fishing, it is also prohibited to use a spotlight or any other artificial light.
  • Vehicle or boat hunting: There are certain exceptions to this rule, including for those with impairments and for shooting ducks or squirrels from a stationary speedboat. Riding an off-road vehicle while armed is prohibited unless the rider is in lawful possession of a pistol and is on privately owned or -permitted land.
  • Handguns: In Indiana, concealed weapons carry is permitted at all times; however, deer may only be taken during firearms and muzzleloader seasons and following DNR laws.
  • Muzzles, or sound suppressors: Hunting using silencers or suppressors are legal in Indiana, but only if done legally and following federal regulations. Indiana Code 14-22-38-4.5, however, makes it a Class B misdemeanor to use one for hunting on private property without the permission of the proprietor or renter.
  • Carcasses: It is illegal to discard the corpses of lawfully harvested wild animals in rivers, streams, or other waterways since doing so is considered littering and is penalized by penalties. Without the landowner’s consent, burning a body or leaving it out in the open is illegal. Bag it up and take it to the dump, says the DNR.
  • Roads or Water Hunting: Hunting, shooting, or killing any animal, or shooting at, into, or over a public road, is prohibited. Unless you’re legally pursuing a game, you can’t fire into or over state waterways.
  • Hunt Area: The state of Indiana’s Division of Fish & Wildlife oversees 169,164 acres of property for public hunting use. This includes Fish & Wildlife Areas, Wetland Conservation Areas, Wildlife Management Areas, Reservoir assets, and State Forests. You may look for local hunting areas at on.IN.gov/where2hunt.
  • Private Property Rights in Indiana: Hunters interested in participating in the Indiana Private Lands Access program may submit an application at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt during the program’s application season to get access to privately held property for hunting. Check out on.IN.gov/private-lands-access for additional details about the initiative.
  • Hunters & Trappers Harassment: On public or private territory, it is prohibited to obstruct another hunter’s authorized pursuit and taking of a game animal.
  • Wild Game Selling: Except for furbearers, squirrel tails, deer skins, antlers, hooves, and cured game bird feathers, it is illegal to sell, trade, or barter live or dead protected or controlled wild animals or the meat from them.
  • Guidelines for Federal Lands and DNRs: Hunting and trapping rules on state and federal lands might change at any time, so it’s best to check with the property management first. Visit Public Hunting Areas for further details on where to go hunting.
  • Penalties: If you break a law or rule pertaining to fish and wildlife with the purpose to do so, you will be charged with a Class C misdemeanor. In addition to any other penalties under the law, including Class B misdemeanor or Class A misdemeanor classification, a penalty of $500 will be imposed for the illegal taking of a deer or wild turkey (with a prior conviction). Equipment used in willful violation of fish and wildlife rules may be taken as evidence and forfeited by the court.

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