Cottontail rabbit season is from Nov. 9, 2012 to Feb. 15, 2013. Rabbits may be hunted from Oct. 1, 2012 to Jan. 31, 2013 on Atterbury, Blue Grass, Chinook, Crosley, Deer Creek (through reserved hunts), Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Hillenbrand, Hovey Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, J. E. Roush Lake, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Minnehaha, Sugar Ridge, Splinter Ridge, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Wabashiki, Wilbur Wright, Willow Slough and Winamac fish and wildlife areas and Brookville, Hardy, Mississinewa, Monroe, Patoka, and Salamonie lakes.
It is illegal to remove a rabbit from a hole, den or tree hollow with the aid of a ferret or other small animal or other means. Hunter orange clothing requirements must be met while hunting rabbits.
It is illegal to hunt, take or possess swamp rabbits, which are an endangered species in Indiana.
Gray and fox squirrels may be taken with any equipment and ammunition during squirrel hunting season. Hunter orange clothing requirements must be met while hunting squirrels from Nov. 9, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013.
Squirrels can be hunted from a boat that is not under power from a motor. Hunter orange clothing is not required while hunting squirrels from a boat. Shooting into or disturbing leaf nests or squirrel dens is illegal at all times.
It is illegal to hunt flying squirrels, which are a protected species in Indiana. They cannot be possessed without a special permit.
All reptiles and amphibians native to Indiana
are regulated species. Species of frogs, lizards, salamanders, snakes, toads, or turtles on the state- or federal-endangered species list may not be taken at any time. Box turtles are protected and cannot be collected from the wild at any time. A license is required for species specified as game animals (see table at right) and for regulated species (see dnr.in.gov/fishwild/3328.htm).
License holders must obey season dates and bag limits, and use legal methods. An individual with a valid hunting or fishing license may take game frog and turtle species from a DNR property where hunting or fishing is authorized. Regulated reptiles and amphibians may not be taken from any DNR property (see dnr.in.gov/fishwild/3328.htm).
The daily bag limit is 2 per non-endangered species, and the possession limit for non-endangered species is four, with the exception of the protected Eastern box turtle, from April 1 through March 31 of the following year. No more than 4 per non-endangered species and 50 game frogs or 50 game turtles may be retained alive in captivity, unless they are possessed under a special permit issued by the DNR. Collected species may not be sold. Only legally collected amphibians or reptiles held for fewer than 30 days may be released at their original capture site if they have never been housed with another animal. Indiana residents older than 17 must possess a valid hunting or fishing license while collecting species of reptiles and amphibians from the wild. All nonresident adults and most nonresident youth must possess a nonresident annual hunting license while collecting reptiles and amphibians from the wild.