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Welcome to the DNR’s Hunting & Trapping Guide

Whether you hunt deer, turkey, squirrels, furbearers, waterfowl, gamebirds, or all of the above, the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife welcomes you to another Indiana hunting season.

This booklet provides a summary of Indiana hunting and trapping regulations. It is designed as a service to sportsmen and sportswomen but is not a complete digest of all regulations.

If you need complete versions of Indiana laws and rules that apply to hunting and trapping, they can be found in Indiana Code, Title 14, Article 22 ( or in Indiana Administrative Code, Title 312, Article 9, (

Information in this booklet includes season dates and bag limits, license requirements and prices, legal hunting hours, approved hunting equipment, and more.

Make sure to check out What’s New in 2015, where some of the key rule changes that take effect in 2015-16 are highlighted.

In addition, the booklet contains a number of informative feature articles.

As you could probably tell from the cover photo, the centerpiece feature (Women Hunters) is on women hunters. Since 2006, Indiana license sales to women hunters has increased 93 percent; 114 percent for those 18 and younger.

Other featured topics include the Federal duck stamp, treestand safety hunting tips, wild pigs, the status of wild turkeys in Indiana, reserved hunts, and details on Indiana’s first regulated trapping season for river otters.

This year’s guide also packages all youth hunting information into one location. Turn to Youth Hunting to learn about youth hunting license requirements and several special opportunities for youth hunters.

On Public Hunting Areas and Indiana Contact Lists you will find contact information for state-managed fish & wildlife areas, state forests, and other DNR properties open to hunting, and for the 10 DNR Law Enforcement districts.

Finally, a handy permission to hunt form for use on private land is on Permission to Hunt on Private Land.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication. If any errors are discovered after printing, updates will be made to the online version of the Indiana Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide at

We hope you find it helpful.

Have a great season.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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