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Indiana

Hunting

Deer Seasons, Licenses, & Equipment

Deer Equipment Chart

Equipment

Specifications

Legal Season

Firearms

Rifle

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND:

Bullet diameter: .357” minimum

Casing length: 1.16–1.8”

• full metal jacketed bullets are illegal

Youth, firearms, deer reduction zone

PRIVATE LAND ONLY:

Bullet diameter: .243” (6 mm) minimum

Casing length: 1.16-3”

• a hunter must not possess more than 10 of these cartridges while hunting deer

• full metal jacketed bullets are illegal

Handgun

Barrel length: 4” minimum

Bullet diameter: .243” minimum

Cartridge length: 1.16” minimum, except for 10 mm

• 10mm also legal cartridges (i.e. 10mm Auto and .40 S&W)

• rifles with barrel less than 18” are NOT considered handguns

• .25/.20, .32/.20, .30 carbine, and .38 special ammunition is prohibited

• NOT permitted for hunting on military areas

Firearms, deer reduction zone

Shotgun

Bore: 10, 12, 16, 20, or 28 gauge or .410”

• shooting slugs and saboted bullets only

• combination rifle-shotguns are allowed

Youth, firearms, deer reduction zone

Muzzleloaders

Muzzleloading Rifle/Shotgun

Barrel caliber: .44” minimum

Bullet diameter: .357” minimum

• powder and bullet loaded from muzzle and single bullet*

• saboted bullets permitted

• multiple barreled guns permitted

* can have powder loaded from the breech end only during the youth and firearms seasons

Youth, firearms, muzzleloader,
deer reduction zone

Muzzeloading Handgun

Barrel length: 12” minimum, measured from the base of the breech plug (excluding tangs and other projections to the end of the barrel, including the muzzle crown)

Barrel caliber: .50” minimum

Bullet diameter: .44” minimum

• loaded from muzzle and single shot

Archery

Vertical Bow

Long bows, compound bows, or recurve bows and arrows

• bows drawn, held, or released by means other than by hand or hand-held releases may be used

• arrows must have metal, metal-edged, napped flint, chert, or obsidian broadheads

Archery, youth, deer reduction zone

Draw weight: 35 lbs. minimum

Crossbow

Defined as a device for propelling an arrow by means of limbs mounted on a stock and a string, and having a working safety that may be drawn or held

Draw weight: 125 lbs. minimum

Special

Air guns

Using non-ignited compressed air or other gas charged by external high compression power source

Projectiles: Must shoot .40 caliber or larger single bullet generating 400 ft. lbs. of muzzle energy; or an arrow or bolt with a sharpened metal or metal-edged broadhead at minimum of 300 fps at release

Youth, firearms, deer reduction zone

Deer Seasons, Licenses, & Equipment

A separate deer license is required prior to taking each deer (exceptions: deer license bundle, youth hunt/trap, lifetime license, landowner exemption)


Bag Limit

Archery

Crossbow

Handgun

Muzzleloading Handgun

Muzzleloading Long Gun

Shotgun

Rifle

* Youth Season – Sept. 25-26, 2021

1 antlered deer AND the number of bonus antlerless deer per county quota (Bonus Antlerless Deer)

Resident Youth Hunt/Trap License




Nonresident Youth Deer License
(incl. Deer License Bundle)




Reduction Zone Season
Sept. 15, 2021 - Jan. 31, 2022

1 antlered deer (see “earn-a-buck” Deer Regulations) AND 9 antlerless deer OR 10 antlerless deer

Reduction Deer Zone License


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Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting License


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Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting/Fishing License


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Youth License


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* Archery Season – Oct. 1, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022

2 antlerless deer OR 1 antlered and 1 antlerless deer (AND bonus antlerless county quota)

Archery License








Crossbow License








Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting License







Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting/Fishing License







Deer License Bundle







Bonus Antlerless License







Youth License







* Firearms Season – Nov. 13-28, 2021

1 antlered deer (AND bonus antlerless county quota)

Firearms License (antlered deer only)




Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting License




Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting/Fishing License




Deer License Bundle




Bonus Antlerless License




Youth License




* Muzzleloader Season – Dec. 4-19, 2021

1 antlered deer OR 1 antlerless deer (AND bonus antlerless county quota)

Muzzleloader License







Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting License







Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting/Fishing License







Deer License Bundle







Bonus Antlerless License







Youth License







Special Antlerless Firearms Season – Closed


Deer Hotline

If you need information about deer, take advantage of our Deer Hotline. Call 812-334-3795, 8:30 a.m-4:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday or email INDeerHotline@dnr.IN.gov with your questions. Find additional information at deer.dnr.IN.gov.