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Welcome to 2021-22 Indiana Hunting

Important Updates

Turkey Hunting Equipment

The .410 caliber and 28-gauge shotgun are now legal for turkey hunting in addition to already legal 10-, 12-, 16-, and 20-gauge shotguns. Tungsten Super Shot #9 and #10 are also now legal for wild turkey hunting. See Wild Turkey or visit on.IN.gov/turkey for more information.

Air Guns for Deer Hunting

Air guns that use non-ignited compressed air or other gas charged by an external high compression power source and meet the following specifications are now legal for deer hunting during the youth, firearms, and deer reduction zone season when firearms are allowed (Nov. 13 – Jan. 31):

  • Air rifles .40 caliber or larger that fire a bullet with a single discharge of 400 ft. pounds of energy
  • Air bows with an arrow or bolt with metal or metal-edged broadheads and metal points and a minimum speed of 300 feet per second

Muzzleloaders for Deer Hunting

Muzzleloaders used during the deer firearms season, youth season, and deer reduction zone season (when firearms are allowed) can have the powder loaded from the breech end. Muzzleloaders used during the deer muzzleloader season must still have both the powder and bullet loaded from the muzzle.

Relaxing Snare Locks Defined

A “relaxing snare lock” is defined as a snare lock that allows the snare loop to release constriction pressure on the captured animal when the cable is not taut. A snare lock is a device that creates and maintains a snare loop and prevents the loop from re-opening to a diameter that allows the animal to escape after closure. A snare set on land with a circumference greater than 15 inches must employ a relaxing snare lock or be at least 50% covered by water.

Beaver Season

The starting and ending times for setting traps have been removed for the beaver trapping season, which runs from Nov. 15 through March 15 of the next year.

River Otter Trapping

The statewide quota of river otter has increased from 600 to 750. Clay, Boone, Hamilton, and Franklin Counties are now open for river otter trapping. See Furbearer Trapping for more information.