Indiana Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

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.

Deer Seasons

Reduction Hunt
(Formerly called Urban Hunt)

Sept. 15-Jan. 31

Youth Hunt

Sep. 23-24


Oct. 1-Jan. 7


Nov. 18-Dec. 3


Dec. 9-24

Antlerless Special Season

Dec. 26-Jan. 7

*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.

Turkey Seasons

Fall Firearms

Oct. 18-29

Fall Archery

Oct. 1-29
Dec. 9-Jan. 7

Spring Season

Apr. 26-May 14

Youth Hunt

Apr. 22-23

Small Game Seasons

Gray and Fox Squirrel

Aug. 15-Jan. 31


Ruffed Grouse

 Suspended Suspended


Nov. 1-Dec. 15


Quail (North of I-74)

Nov. 1-Dec. 15


Quail (South of I-74)

Nov. 1-Jan. 10



Nov. 1-Feb. 28



July 1-Aug. 15
Dec. 13-Mar. 1

No Limit

Green and Bullfrog

Jun. 15-Apr. 30


Eastern Snapping Turtle

July 1-Mar. 31


Smooth and Spiny Softshell Turtles

July 1-Mar. 31


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.