Indiana Hunting Seasons: Updated

This page of Indiana hunting seasons is updated annually. While focuses on coyotes, fox, and bobcats, it is hoped other game hunters will take up predator hunting as well. We suggest you check out these predator hunting links specific to the state of Indiana:

Purchase a hunting license in Indiana here.

Learn the rules for hunting coyotes in Indiana.

Learn the rules for hunting bobcats in Indiana. Currently prohibited.

Learn the rules for hunting fox in Indiana.

Indiana hunting seasons
Indiana hunting seasons.

Indiana hunting seasons for furbearers.

  • There is a seasonal bag limit of 2 river otters per person; there are no daily bag or possession limits for the other species named above.
  • See Hunting and Trapping Guide for counties open to river otter trapping. Season may close earlier if statewide quota is reached.

Indiana hunting seasons for woodland big game.

Turkey hunting hours: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

Indiana hunting seasons for deer.

Deer hunting hours: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.
*Deer Reduction Zones, previously called Urban Zones, are in designated locations only.
**Special Antlerless season only in counties with a bonus antlerless quota of 4 or more (See Hunting and Trapping Guide).
All harvested deer and turkey must be checked within 48 hours of harvest at an official check station or online at

Indiana hunting seasons for small and upland game.

  • The possession limit on pheasants, quail, rabbits, squirrels, frogs, and turtles is two times the daily bag limit.
    ** Quail bag limits vary on some DNR properties (see Hunting and Trapping Guide).
    ***Limit is singly or in aggregate. These species of turtles must have a carapace length of at least 12 inches.

Indiana hunting hours.

Turkey: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset (the hunting hours may differ on state-owned property — Wild Turkey).

Deer: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Furbearer: Trapping/Hunting/Running: No restrictions.

Small Game: No hunting hours, except for rabbits on designated DNR properties in February (Small Game).

Waterfowl (ducks and geese): One-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Shooting hours may differ on state-owned property (Public Hunting Areas).

Indiana hunting licenses fees.

License name
FeeApprentice license available?
Combination Licenses Hunting & Fishing $32 Yes Youth Consolidated Hunt/Trap1$12 Yes Fishing Annual Fishing $23  One-day Fishing (includes Trout/Salmon) $10  Annual Senior Fishing2$3  Senior Fish-for-Life2$23  Voluntary Senior Annual Fishing3$3  Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege $11  Hunting Annual Hunting $20 Yes Deer License Bundle4$91 Yes Deer Archery (Archery Season) $39 Yes Deer Crossbow (Archery Season) $39 Yes Deer Firearm (Buck Only – Firearms Season) $39 Yes Deer Military/Refuge (federal military and national wildlife refuges only) $39 Yes Deer Muzzleloader (Muzzleloader Season only) $39 Yes Deer Reduction Zone (Reduction Zones only) $39 Yes Deer First Bonus Antlerless $39 Yes Deer – Second and Additional Resident Bonus Antlerless Deer License only5$24 Yes Spring Turkey $32 Yes Fall Turkey $32 Yes Hunting Stamp Privileges Waterfowl Stamp Privilege $11  Game Bird Habitat Stamp Privilege $11  Trapping Annual Trapping $20  Disabled American Veterans Hunting & Fishing (does not include deer or turkey) $2.75   10-Year DAV Hunting & Fishing (does not include deer or turkey)  $27.50  

Non-resident licenses

License categoryLicense nameFeeApprentice license available?
Fishing Annual Fishing $60  One-day Fishing (includes Trout/Salmon) $15  Seven-day Fishing $35  Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege $11  Hunting Annual Hunting $90 Yes Youth Annual Hunting $20 Yes Five-day Hunting $50 Yes Deer License Bundle4$550 Yes Deer Archery (Archery Season) $240 Yes Deer Crossbow (Archery Season) $240 Yes Deer Firearm (Buck Only – Firearms Season) $240 Yes Deer Muzzleloader (Muzzleloader Season Only) $240 Yes Deer Military/Refuge (federal military and national wildlife refuges only) $240 Yes Deer Reduction Zone (Reduction Zones Only) $240 Yes Deer First Bonus Antlerless $240 Yes Deer Hunting – Second and Additional Non-Resident Bonus Antlerless Deer License only 5$39 Yes Youth Deer License Bundle $91 Yes Deer – Second and Additional Non-Resident Bonus Antlerless Deer License only5$39 Yes Youth Deer Archery (Archery Season) $39 Yes Youth Deer Crossbow (Archery Season) $39 Yes Youth Deer Firearm (Buck Only – Firearm Season) $39 Yes Youth Deer Military/Refuge (Federal military and national wildlife refuges only) $39 Yes Youth Deer Muzzleloader (Muzzleloader season) $39 Yes Youth Deer Reduction Zone (Reduction Zones Only) $39 Yes Youth Deer First Bonus Antlerless $39 Yes Youth Deer Second and Additional Bonus Antlerless 5$24 Yes Spring Turkey (Age 18 and up) $175 Yes Youth Spring Turkey $32 Yes Fall Turkey (Age 18 and up) $175 Yes Youth Fall Turkey $32 Yes Private Shooting Preserve $20 Yes Youth Private Shooting Preserve $12 Yes Hunting Stamp Privileges Waterfowl Stamp Privilege $11  Game Bird Habitat Stamp Privilege $11  Trapping Annual Trapping $140  Youth Annual Trapping $20  

Dennis V. Gilmore Jr.

Dennis V. Gilmore Jr. is a former Marine Sergeant and the author of several books, including two on night hunting coyotes and red and gray fox. He has written several hundred articles on predator hunting for

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