About Indiana Hunting Season

There is a very peaceful aspect to hunting in Indiana that also helps to find community amongst the 495 acres of new public land that was acquired in 2019. Much of this land is dedicated to game birds, healthy rivers and initiative areas as well as fish and wildlife. Even just the smallest observation of wildlife you make can help the Division of Fish and Wildlife conserve and better manage Indiana’s resources.

Not only can you help make a difference while out in the field but there are a lot of opportunities to assist with habitat projects or sharing knowledge during different outdoor programs. For Hoosiers everywhere you’re able to participate how best fits a style you have.

Indiana Hunting Seasons Offered

Big Game: Deer, Wild Turkey

Small Game: Gray & Fox Squirrel

Bird: Pheasant, Quail, Rabbit

indiana hunting season zones

Indiana Deer Season Dates 2021

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateBag Limit
Reduction Zone9/15/211/31/221 antlered deer (see “earn-a-buck” in state PDF) AND 9 antlerless deer OR 10 antlerless deer
Archery10/1/211/2/222 antlerless deer OR 1 antlered and 1 antlerless deer (AND bonus antlerless county quota)
Firearms11/13/2111/28/211 antlered deer (AND bonus antlerless county quota)
Muzzleloader12/4/2112/19/211 antlered deer OR 1 antlerless deer (AND bonus antlerless county quota)

Indiana Turkey Season Dates

SeasonOpening DateClosing DateBag Limit
Spring4/27/225/15/221 bearded or male turkey per hunter in spring
Fall – Archery
10/1/2110/31/211 turkey of either sex for the fall archery and firearms seasons combined
12/4/211/2/221 turkey of either sex for the fall archery and firearms seasons combined
Fall Firearms10/20/2110/31/211 turkey of either sex for the fall archery and firearms seasons combined

Indiana Hunting License Info

Where to buy IL license: on.IN.gov/INhuntfish

Unless exempt an individual must have signed a digital deer hunting, resident youth hunt/ trap, lifetime comprehensive hunting or lifetime comprehensive hunting/fishing license when hunting deer on public or private land.

License CategoryLicense TypeResidentNonresident
Combo Hunt / FishAnnual Hunting &
DeerDeer Hunting$24$150
Deer License Bundle$65$295
TurkeySpring Turkey
Fall Turkey Hunting$25$120

Indiana Hunting News

There is so much to be offered while with the great state of IN. The mission is to enrich the quality of life by being a bold ambassador and a leader in this beloved activity by so many. Once again the season starts September 15 and ends January 3rd with the big game deer season. This is a great time to look at any links below for full disclosure or additional information needed.

Find a Hunting Guide

Indiana Guided Hunts

Deer hunting guides

Links to Official Sites

Indiana State Regulations Site

Indiana Hunting Regulations PDF

Indiana Hunting Licenses and Permits