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Indiana Hunting Seasons 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Indiana hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Indiana Hunting Seasons

Indiana Hunting

Indiana regulates its hunting seasons by region, and many of its hunts are by lottery permit only. For these reasons, it is important to visit the Indiana Game and Fish Department website for additional details before heading out to hunt. Season dates vary by zone.

Indiana Deer Season 2023

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 2023

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 Small Game Seasons 2023

Gray and Fox Squirrel: August 15 - January 31

Pheasant: November 1 - December 15

Quail: November 1 - January 10

Rabbit: November 1 - February 28

Crow: July 1 - August 15, December 13 - March 1

Eastern Snapping Turtle, Smooth & Spiny Soft shell Turtle: July 1 - March 31

Green Frog and Bullfrog: Jun 15 - April 30

Indiana Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of Indiana's hunting zones:

Indiana Bag Limits 2023

Indiana bag limits vary by weapon and zone so please refer to the official site for details.

Indiana Hunting License 2023

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 Regulations 2023

Hunting hours: Legal hunting hours for all deer seasons are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

The hunter orange is required on public and private land.

An antlered deer must have at least one antler that is at least three inches long.

It is illegal to hunt from a permanent tree blind on state-owned or state-leased lands.

It is illegal to use snares, salt, and bait to take deer.

Shotguns, handguns, rifles with legal cartridges, muzzleloading long guns, and muzzleloading handguns are legal during the firearms season. Only muzzleloading firearms are legal during the muzzleloader season.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

When is turkey season in Indiana?

Turkey seasons starts October 1 for early archery and October 20 for firearm in Indiana.

When is deer season in Indiana?

Archery deer season starts October 1 and firearm deer starts November 13 in Indiana.

When is squirrel season in Indiana?

Squirrel season is from August 15 until January 31 in Indiana.

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