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Indiana

Hunting

Small Game

Rabbit

Cottontail rabbit season is from Nov. 1 through Feb. 28.

Hunting hours for rabbits in February on FWAs and at Mississinewa, Patoka, and Salamonie lakes are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour before sunset.

There are no equipment or ammunition restrictions for rabbit hunting. A 12- or 20-gauge shotgun loaded with 6- to 7 1/2-size shot is recommended.

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 (General Information).

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.

Squirrel

Gray and fox squirrel season is from Aug. 15 through Jan. 31.

Hunter orange clothing requirements (General Information) must be met while hunting squirrels from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31.

There are no equipment or ammunition restrictions for squirrel hunting. A 20-gauge or smaller shotgun loaded with 6- to 7 1/2-size shot or a .22-caliber rimfire rifle is recommended.

Shooting into or disturbing leaf nests and squirrel dens is illegal at all times.

It is illegal to hunt flying squirrels, which are 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 (Public Hunting Areas).

Hunting License Requirements for Small Game, Game Birds, & Migratory Birds

Animal

License & Stamps Required

Small Game

Rabbit, Squirrel*

Valid hunting license

Frog, Turtle

Valid hunting or fishing license

Game Birds

Pheasant, Quail

Valid hunting license and Game Bird Habitat Stamp

Crow

Valid hunting license

Wild Turkey**

Turkey license and Game Bird Habitat Stamp

Migratory Birds

Waterfowl (Geese, Ducks, Coots, Mergansers, Teal)

• Youth 15 and younger: Valid youth hunting license, HIP number

• Youth 16-17: Valid youth hunting license, HIP number, Federal Duck Stamp

• Adults 18+: Valid hunting license, HIP number, Federal Duck Stamp, State Waterfowl Stamp

Mourning Dove

Valid hunting license, HIP Validation Number,
and Game Bird Habitat Stamp

Woodcock, Sora, Snipe

Valid hunting license and HIP Validation Number

Reptile/Amphibian

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. Eastern box turtles also are protected and cannot be collected from the wild at any time.

The collection limit for native nongame amphibians and reptiles is two per day and four per year (from April 1 through March 31 of the following year) for any one species. The possession limit is four per species.

Eastern snapping, smooth softshell, and spiny softshell turtles can be taken only between July 1 and March 31 of the following year and must be at least 12 inches in carapace length.

Carapace length is the straight-line measure along the top surface of the shell from the central point of the front edge directly behind the turtle’s neck to a central point on the back edge directly above the turtle’s tail.

A license is required to take a reptile or amphibian from the wild (see Reptile/Amphibian Seasons & Limits table).

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.

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 game turtle species from a DNR property where hunting or fishing is authorized. Air rifles and firearms cannot be used at state parks.

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

The daily bag limit is 25 for game frog species and four for game turtle species. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

Reptiles and amphibians collected from the wild in Indiana 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.

Reptile/Amphibian Seasons & Limits

Species

Season

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Game Turtles

Eastern Snapping Turtle

July 1 - March 31

4*

8*

Smooth Softshell Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle

Restrictions

Turtle traps may be used, but may not have an opening below the water surface. 12-inch minimum carapace length.

Game Frogs

Green Frog & Bullfrog

June 15 -
April 30

25*

50*

Restrictions

Frogs may be taken with the following: a gig or spear with a head not more than 3 inches in width and a single row of tines; long bow and arrow; club; hands alone; hand line with not more than one hook or artificial lure attached; .22-caliber firearm loaded with bird shot only; or an air rifle that fires a lead pellet (.177 diameter minimum) at least 500 feet per second.