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Cottontail rabbit season is from Nov. 1, 2014 to Feb. 28, 2015. Beginning this fall, the season dates are the same for both private and public land.

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.

Rabbits can be chased with a dog year-round with a hunting license. Certain restrictions apply on DNR-managed properties.


Gray and fox squirrels may be taken with any equipment and ammunition during squirrel hunting season, which is from Aug. 15, 2014 through Jan. 31, 2015. Hunter orange clothing requirements must be met while hunting squirrels from Nov. 1, 2014 through Jan. 31, 2015.

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.

Gray and fox squirrels can be chased with dogs year-round with a hunting license. Certain restrictions apply on DNR-managed properties.


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 to take a reptile or amphibian from the wild (see table below).

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.

Other species of reptiles and amphibians may not be taken from any DNR property (see

The daily bag limit is 25 for game species and two for other non-endangered species. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

The Eastern box turtle is protected and may not be collected from the wild.

No more than four 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 nonresident youth must possess a nonresident annual hunting license while collecting reptiles and amphibians from the wild.

Resident License Requirements for Indiana Hunting and Trapping Seasons


License Required

Small Game

Rabbit, Squirrel*


Frog, Turtle

Hunting or Fishing

Furbearer (Trapping)

Beaver, Coyote, Red and Gray Fox, Long-Tailed Weasel, Mink, Muskrat, Opossum,
Raccoon, Striped Skunk


Furbearer (Hunting)

Coyote, Red and Gray Fox, Opossum, Raccoon, Striped Skunk


Game Birds

Pheasant, Quail, Ruffed Grouse

Hunting and Game Bird Habitat Stamp



Wild Turkey**

Turkey and Game Bird Habitat Stamp

Migratory Birds

(Duck and Goose)

Hunting, Indiana Waterfowl Stamp, HIP Validation
Number and, if you are 16 or older, a Federal Duck Stamp.

Mourning Dove

Hunting, HIP Validation Number
and Game Bird Habitat Stamp


Hunting, HIP Validation Number

Deer (See table here).

Orange TextHunter Orange is required for the entire season).

* Hunter Orange is required from Nov. 1, 2014 through Jan. 31, 2015.

** Hunter Orange is required from Dec. 6-21 and from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4, 2015.

Reptile/Amphibian Seasons and Limits



Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Game turtles

common snapping turtle




smooth softshell turtle

spiny softshell turtle


Turtle traps may be used but may not have an opening below the water surface.

Game frogs

bullfrog and green frog

Jun. 15-
April 30




Frogs may be taken with gig or spear with a head not more than three inches in width and a single row of tines, long bow and arrow,club, hands alone or pole or hand line with not more than one hook or artificial lure attached. Firearms used for frog hunting are restricted to a .22-caliber firearm loaded with bird shot only.

* Singly or in aggregate, which means the catch limit includes any combination of the species.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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