Indiana Deer Season and Hunting Information and Regulations

*All information listed below is disclosed based on research we have conducted. We do our best to ensure that all information is up to date and accurate. However, rules and regulations are changing every day. Please make sure to verify your state-specific regulations prior to your hunt.

Indiana Deer Seasons

Deer Reduction ZoneSep. 15 – Jan. 31
Youth SeasonSep. 24 – Sep, 25
Archery Deer SeasonOct. 1 – Jan. 1
Firearm Deer SeasonNov. 12 – Nov. 27
Muzzleloader Deer SeasonDec. 3 – Dec. 18
Special Antlerless SeasonDec. 26 – Jan. 1

*Indiana is a very hunting friendly state but there are still specific bag limits and licenses required for harvesting different animals in different areas, as well as some varying season information. Make sure to always double check the official Indiana Department of Natural Resources website deer page.

There are plenty of deer available to hunt in Indiana. Although, due to the extensive hunting pressure, it is less common to find a large antlered buck-though still possible.

Unless exempt, an individual must have a signed or printed digital hunting license on their person at all times while in the woods.

You are allowed to harvest one deer per license during the regular statewide deer season. However, during the Deer Reduction Zone Season, a hunter is allowed to harvest 10 deer. Only one can be antlered.

What is the bag limit for a deer crossbow license?

A hunter may purchase and then fill two crossbow licenses which allow for the harvest of one antlerless deer and one deer of either sex with a crossbow. But, if you use a crossbow to fill your antlered deer tag, you will not be able to harvest an antlered deer using any other license during the respective seasons.

Doe Tags

There is a 10 deer bag limit and only one of which can be antlerless.

Indiana Turkey Season

Fall Archery Turkey SeasonOct. 1 – Oct. 30, Dec. 3 – Jan. 1
Fall Firearms Turkey SeasonOct. 19 – Oct. 30
Spring Turkey SeasonApr. 26 – May 14
Youth Spring Turkey SeasonApr. 22 – Apr. 23

*Indiana is a very hunting friendly state but there are still specific bag limits and licenses required for harvesting different animals in different areas, as well as some varying season information. Make sure to always double check the official Indiana Department of Natural Resources website turkey page

Spring turkey hunting is allowed statewide. It begins April 27th and runs through May 15th. The spring season bag limit is one bearded or male turkey.

Hunting can take place all the way from an hour and a half before the sun comes up to when it goes down. There are some specific weapon and ammunition regulations for hunting them but its nothing out of the ordinary and all detailed on the DNR website.

Indiana Furbearer Hunting Seasons

Red & Gray FoxOct. 15 – Feb. 28
Coyote & Striped SkunkOct. 15 – Mar. 15
Raccoon & OpossumNov, 8 – Jan. 31
Mink, Muskrat, Long-tailed WeaselNov. 15 – Jan. 31
BeaverNov. 15 – Mar. 15

*Indiana is a very hunting friendly state but there are still specific bag limits and licenses required for harvesting different animals in different areas, as well as some varying season information. Make sure to always double check the official Indiana Department of Natural Resources website furbearer page

Indiana Bear Hunting

Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a bear population across the state of Indiana since before the Civil War. The occasional black bear may pass through from time to time due to established populations within neighboring states. However, it is illegal to hunt, trap, or kill any bear within the state.

Indiana Small Game Seasons

Cottontail RabbitNov. 1 – Feb. 28
Gray & Fox SquirrelAug. 15 – Jan. 31
TurtlesJul. 1 – Mar. 31
Green Frog & BullfrogJun. 15 – Apr. 30
QuailNov. 1 – Jan. 10
PheasantNov. 1 – Dec. 15
CrowJul. 1 – Aug. 15, Dec. 13 – Mar. 1

*Indiana is a very hunting friendly state but there are still specific bag limits and licenses required for harvesting different animals in different areas, as well as some varying season information. Make sure to always double check the official Indiana Department of Natural Resources website.

There aren’t currently any equipment restrictions when harvesting rabbit. However, a twelve of twenty-gauge shotgun is recommended.

It is illegal to hunt or kill swamp rabbits as they are an endangered species in Indiana.

There are no equipment or ammunition restrictions on squirrels. However, as with rabbit hunting, a shotgun is recommended.

It is illegal to hunt or kill flying squirrel as they are an endangered species in Indiana.

Indiana Crossbow Regulations

Indiana is a pretty crossbow friendly state! Unlike many other states you can use them for most of the season as long as you have the right license.

  • The use of laser sight is allowed on a crossbow scope.
  • Crossbows are legal during the entire duration of Archery season as long as the hunter obtains a crossbow license.

Hunting License

In order to hunt any species of wild animal, a valid license is required for both private and public land hunting. Disabled individuals may be eligible for a special permit and can make a request through the DNR. Special permits allow those who cannot walk or have other debilitating limitations to hunt from a vehicle OR gain special vehicle access on public property.

The price depends on the type of hunting you plan to partake in from the list of options below as well as state residency or lack there-of.

  • Youth
  • Combo Hunt/Fish
  • Small Game
  • Deer
  • Turkey

If you want to check out the next state on our list, click here to see Iowa.

Or, you can check out the last state on our list, Illinois.

About Al Parsons

Al Parsons is originally from Alabama, but has had the pleasure of hunting all over the United States. Al is an expert on crossbow hunting, as well as traditional rifle hunting. His favorite time of year is the start of Archery Deer season in Alabama, so usually in October.