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Important Updates

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River Otters

A person now has up to 48 hours to notify the department if a river otter is killed outside the season, during the season after the person’s bag limit has been reached, after the statewide quota has been reached, or in a county where the season is not open. Contact the DNR to turn in the carcass.

Fall Wild Turkey Firearms Season

Three new counties are now open for the Fall Wild Turkey Firearms season: Noble, Elkhart, and Kosciusko counties (a complete map of legal counties can be found on Wild Turkey Regulations).

Legal Rifle Cartridges on Public Land

Staying consistent with years prior, cartridges that meet the specifications listed on Deer Regulations are still legal to use for deer hunting on public land. These rifle cartridges, as well as some additional rifles (including some higher-powered cartridges) are legal on private land. Rifle cartridges are legal to use only during the deer firearms, youth, and reduction zones from Nov. 17, 2018-Jan. 31, 2019 (in zones where local ordinances allow the use of a firearm), and special antlerless seasons (where open). For more information on legal rifle cartridges and other deer hunting equipment, see Deer Regulations.

Deer Surveys

There will be two new deer surveys available that will be used to help manage deer populations and seek hunter input. To find out more, see Two New Surveys for Deer Hunters.

Purple Paint=No Trespassing

Hunters and trappers will need to be aware of a new law in Indiana Code that provides landowners another option for marking their property as “no trespassing” zones. Landowners can now mark the perimeter of their property where entry is denied to the public with purple paint on either trees or posts. The purple marks must be readily visible to any person approaching the property. A purple-paint perimeter serves the same legal purpose as a “No Trespassing” sign. For more information, see Indiana Code (IC 35-43-2-2) at iga.IN.gov.