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Hunting Regulations

Hunting Regulations Icon Indiana Hunting

2017-18 Indiana Hunting Seasons


Hunting Dates


Red and Gray Fox Oct. 15, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018 No limit
Coyote, Striped Skunk Oct. 15, 2017 – March 15, 2018 No limit
Raccoon, Opossum Nov. 8, 2017 – Jan. 31, 2018 No limit
Dog Running (Raccoon, Opossum) Feb. 1, 2017 – Oct. 25, 2017 Not applicable
Feb. 1, 2018 – Oct. 25, 2018

Woodland Game

Hunting Dates


Wild Turkey
Youth Spring April 21-22, 2018 1 bearded or male turkey in spring
Spring April 25 – May 13, 2018
Fall Archery (statewide) Oct. 1 – Oct. 29, 2017 1 bird of either sex for the fall archery and firearm combined
Dec. 9, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018
Fall Firearm Oct. 18 – 29, 2017
Reduction Zone * Sept. 15, 2017 – Jan. 31, 2018 See deer season bag limits
Youth Sept. 23, and 24, 2017
Archery Oct. 1, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018
Firearms Nov. 18, 2017 – Dec. 3, 2017
Muzzleloader Dec. 9 – 24, 2017
Special Antlerless ** Dec. 26, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018
Squirrel (gray and fox) Aug. 15, 2017 – Jan. 31, 2018 5 per day

Upland Game

Hunting Dates


Pheasant (cock only) Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2017 2 per day
North of Interstate 74* Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2017 4 per day*
South of Interstate 74** Nov. 1, 2017 – Jan. 10, 2018 8 per day**
Rabbit Nov. 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018 5 per day


Hunting Dates


Crow July 1 – Aug. 15, 2017 No limit
Dec. 13, 2017 – March 1, 2018
Frog (bull and green only) June 15, 2017 – April 30, 2018 25 per day
Game Turtles * July 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018 4 per day

Welcome to the DNR’s Hunting & Trapping Guide

Welcome to the 2017-18 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.

Included 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 2017-18 hunting or trapping season. We hope it’s your best one yet.