Antlerless Deer Bag Limit
The fundamental approach to controlling white-tailed deer populations is to harvest female deer. Hunters have the opportunity to help in this management effort by participating in the bonus antlerless program.
In addition to the basic bag limits, hunters can purchase bonus licenses to take additional antlerless deer. Bonus antlerless licenses can be used in any season, using the equipment that is legal for that season. One antlerless deer may be taken per bonus anterless license. Antlerless deer harvested with a deer license bundle (see Deer Regulations) also count toward the bonus antlerless quota.
Bonus licenses may be used in any county, but you may not take more than the county quota for bonus antlerless deer in any specific county. The map on the right indicates county quotas for bonus antlerless deer.
County quotas range from A to 8. For counties designated as an “A”, a bonus antlerless license can be used to take one antlerless deer from Nov. 28 through Jan. 5 (muzzleloader and archery season). Bonus antlerless licenses cannot be used in an “A” county prior to Nov. 28.
There is no statewide bonus antlerless limit. You may take as many bonus antlerless deer as you desire as long as the county bonus antlerless bag limits and other deer regulations are followed.
Read more about bonus antlerless licenses on County Bonus Anterless Deer Quotas.
Youth/Lifetime License Holders
Comprehensive lifetime hunting/fishing and resident youth hunt/trap license holders are not required to purchase bonus antlerless deer licenses, since they are included in those license types. Lifetime/youth license hunters must follow the bonus antlerless bag limits and all other deer regulations.
Special Antlerless Deer Firearm Season
The special antlerless deer (only) firearms season is Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014, in counties with a bonus antlerless deer quota of 4 or more (shaded counties on map).
Bonus Antlerless License Restrictions and Youth Deer Season Bag Limit on DNR Property
Many Indiana DNR properties (e.g., fish and wildlife areas, state forests, recreation areas, reservoirs, wetland conservation areas, etc.) restrict the use of bonus antlerless licenses. These areas receive sufficient hunting pressure to keep deer populations in check and do not require additional harvest of deer. Contact the property manager where you plan to hunt for information.
Youth Deer Season Bag Limit Restrictions on DNR Properties
The following properties only allow one antlered deer and one antlerless deer to be taken by a youth hunter during the special youth deer season (Sept.28 & 29, 2013):
Outside of the Special Youth Deer Season, the bonus antlerless license may NOT be used on the following properties:
Outside of the Special Youth Deer Season, the bonus antlerless license may be used only during the Special Antlerless Firearms Season from Dec. 26, 2013 to Jan.5, 2014 and only one antlerless deer may be taken during this special season on the following properties:
The bonus antlerless license may only be used with bows and arrows, from Sept. 28, 2013 through Nov. 15, 2013 and Dec. 7, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014 on Greene-Sullivan State Forest.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.