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Hunting Regulations

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2016-17 Indiana Hunting Seasons


Hunting Dates


Red and Gray Fox

Oct. 15, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017

No limit

Coyote, Striped Skunk

Oct. 15, 2016 – March 15, 2017

No limit

Raccoon, Opossum

Nov. 8, 2016 – Jan. 31, 2017

No limit

Dog Running (Raccoon, Opossum)

Feb. 1, 2016 – Oct. 25, 2016

Not applicable

Feb. 1, 2017 – Oct. 25, 2017

Woodland Game

Hunting Dates


Wild Turkey

Youth Spring

April 22 – 23, 2017

1 bearded or male turkey in spring


April 26 – May 14, 2017

Fall Archery (statewide)

Oct. 1 – Oct. 30, 2016

1 bird of either sex for the fall archery and firearm combined

Dec. 3, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017

Fall Firearm

Oct. 19 – 30, 2016


Reduction Zone *

Sept. 15, 2016 – Jan. 31, 2017

See deer season bag limits


Sept. 24 and 25, 2016


Oct. 1, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017


Nov. 12 – 27, 2016


Dec. 3 – 18, 2016

Special Antlerless **

Dec. 26, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017

Squirrel (gray and fox)

Aug. 15, 2016 – Jan. 31, 2017

5 per day

The possession limit for woodland game (except deer and turkey) is two times the daily bag limit.

* Designated counties or portions of counties (formerly Urban Deer Zones)

** Special Antlerless Season only in counties with a bonus antlerless quota of 4 or more

Upland Game

Hunting Dates


Pheasant (cock only)

Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2016

2 per day


North of Interstate 74*

Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2016

4 per day*

South of Interstate 74**

Nov. 1, 2016 – Jan. 10, 2017

8 per day**


Nov. 1, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017

5 per day

The possession limit on upland game is two times the daily bag limit.

* 2 per day on North Zone fish & wildlife areas, Mississinewa Lake and Salamonie Lake

** 4 per day on South Zone fish & wildlife areas and Patoka Lake


Hunting Dates



July 1 – Aug. 15, 2016

No limit

Dec. 13, 2016 – March 1, 2017

Frog (bull and green only)

June 15, 2016 – April 30, 2017

25 per day

Game Turtles *

July 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

4 per day

* Eastern snapping turtle, smooth softshell turtle, spiny softshell turtle

Welcome to the DNR’s
Hunting & Trapping Guide

Welcome to the 2016-17 DNR Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide. We hope you find it helpful as you prepare for your hunting or trapping seasons.

Any corrections or updates to information published in this guide will be made to the online version at

The guide provides a summary of Indiana hunting and trapping regulations and is designed as a summary of current regulations. If you need complete versions of Indiana rules and regulations for 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 the guide includes season dates, bag limits, license requirements and cost, legal hunting hours, approved hunting equipment and more.

New this year are the full waterfowl season dates that in previous years were unavailable until final approval in September by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

We also want to thank all hunters, anglers and trappers in Indiana for their continued support of conservation and the funding stream that makes it a success.

Every time you purchase an Indiana hunting or fishing license, all funds go directly back to conservation. Your license funds are used for programs such as wildlife management and research, habitat management and restoration, land acquisition, public access, shooting ranges, fish stocking, DNR law enforcement, and more.

So, thank you.

Finally, good luck in your 2016-17 hunting or trapping season. We hope it’s your best one yet.