General License Regulations
- With a few exceptions (see License Exemptions below), a valid hunting license issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and applicable state or federal stamp privileges are required to hunt any wild animal on public or private land in Indiana.
- To qualify for resident hunting licenses, a person must have established a true fixed and permanent home and primary residence in Indiana for 60 consecutive days prior to purchasing a license or permit and not claim residency for hunting, trapping or fishing in another state or country. All others are nonresidents.
- A hunting license (and applicable stamp privileges and federal stamps or permits and HIP number) must have an original signature, in ink, and be carried with you while hunting and produced on the request of an Indiana Conservation Officer or other authorized law enforcement officer.
- Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986 must successfully complete a DNR-offered hunter education class to purchase an Indiana hunting license (see License Exemptions for Disability and Apprentice License exceptions).
- Lost or damaged licenses can be reprinted online. Go to IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov. A $3 service charge applies for reprints made more than 5 days after the original purchase date.
- Game bird or waterfowl stamp privileges must have an original signature, in ink, on the license. The traditional game bird or waterfowl stamps are not required and are no longer produced as a commemorative issue. Commemorative stamps from past years, which do not convey hunting privileges, may be available through the DNR Customer Service Center.
- DNR-issued licenses may be revoked at the discretion of a court upon conviction of fish and wildlife law violations, or at the discretion of the Department for non-compliance with conditions under which licenses are issued.
- Licenses are non-transferable and non-refundable.
How to Purchase a Hunting or Trapping License
1. Online …
Go to IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov
2. In Person …
Visit one of more than 900 retailers statewide at IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov or visit the DNR Customer Service Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
3. By Mail …
Send a check or money order (payable to DNR) or Visa or MasterCard (include number, expiration date) to:
DNR Customer Service Center
402 W. Washington St., W160
Indianapolis, IN, 46204
Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Include the following information:
- Specify the license(s) and season (e.g., deer muzzleloader)
- Name, date of birth, Indiana Driver’s License number and Social Security number (required by IC 14-22-11-3)
- Hunter education certificate number if born after Dec. 31, 1986
- Complete address, city, state, Zip code and phone number
- Height, weight, color of hair and color of eyes
4. By Phone …
Call (317) 232-4200