Indiana Hunting Seasons, 2018-2019




Indiana hunting seasons include a selection of small game and several deer seasons. Turkey, squirrel, grouse and other woodland game round out the hunting opportunities. Indiana also offers trapping seasons for fox, coyote, raccoon and other fur bearing animals.

Indiana offers several beneficial programs for hunters. CheckIN Game is a free, online check-in system for registering bagged game. The Hunters Helping Farmers programs pairs hunters with landowners who would like to remove antlerless deer from their property. Hunters can apply for the program between July and August, annually.

Hunting and trapping license fees range between $2 and $25 for Indiana residents, and $7 and $300 for non-residents, depending on animal, season and special standings. Apprentice and youth hunting licenses are also available. Licenses are valid April 1 to March 31 of the following year.

Indiana Deer Seasons

Reduction Hunt Sept. 15-Jan. 31
Youth Hunt Sept. 29-30
Archery Oct. 1-Jan. 6
Firearms Nov. 17-Dec. 2
Muzzleloader Dec. 8-23
Antlerless Special Season Dec. 26-Jan. 6

*Deer bag limits vary by region, season and license. Licenses for deer harvest are required. Be sure to visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to obtain a license and additional information before heading into the woods.




Indiana Turkey Seasons

Fall Firearms Oct. 17-28
Fall Archery Oct. 1-28 and Dec. 8-Jan. 6
Spring Season Apr. 24-May 12
Youth Hunt Apr. 20-12

Indiana Small Game Seasons

Gray and Fox Squirrel Aug. 15-Jan. 31
Pheasant Nov. 1-Dec. 15
Quail Nov. 1-Jan. 10**
Rabbit Nov. 1-Feb. 28
Crow July 1-Aug. 15
Frog Jun 15-Apr. 30
Game Turtles July 1-Mar. 31

**Season dates vary by zone

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Indiana hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website.