Indiana – From a Deer Hunter’s POV

Posted: 08/11/2012 in Archery, Hunting, Legal, News, Regulations
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This is an ongoing series looking at each state from the point of view of a nonresident hunter trying to find information about deer hunting, the basic explanation is HERE.


Is the information easy to find?

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Hunting and Trapping page is at the top of the search results.

Grade: A

Website: is it easy to use and understand?

The Indiana DNR uses eRegulations, however unlike other versions of this service that have been reviewed, this one is refreshingly easy to use.  The license fees, hunting seasons, and public hunting area information is easy to find and presented in a readable, quick format.

Grade: A

Does the state hold a lottery system for non-residents or are over the counter licenses available?

Indiana does not appear to use any form of lottery system, all licenses listed so far are over the counter licenses.

Grade: A

 How much does it cost to hunt, and is there a short term license available?

Resident hunting licenses are $17.00 plus $24.00 for deer tags, nonresident hunting licenses are $80.00 for an annual permit, $31.00 for a five day permit, with an additional $150 for deer tags.  Both residents and nonresidents have the option to purchase a ‘deer bundle’ tag, residents for $65.00, nonresidents for $295.00.

Deer license bundle

The deer license bundle is an option some hunters may find beneficial, especially individuals who purchase annual deer licenses for multiple seasons (i.e. equipment types). This license bundle includes privileges to harvest two antlerless deer and one antlered deer.

The deer license bundle can be used during the following seasons: archery, firearms, muzzleloader, and special antlerless. In addition, nonresident youth can use the nonresident youth deer license bundle during the special youth deer season. The deer license bundle cannot be used for hunting deer in an urban deer zone to satisfy urban deer zone bag limits. The resident deer license bundle is $65, the nonresident deer license bundle is $295, and the nonresident youth deer license bundle is $65.

The bundle seems to save nonresident hunters around $30, based on the footnotes on the license fee page.

Grade: A

Are the hunting seasons easy to find and laid out in a logical manner?

The hunting seasons page is easy to read and understand, with a simple structure to the deer seasons section.

Grade: A

 Is public hunting available, if so, are the rules different? If the rules are different, are they easy to understand?

There are two different web pages containing information on Indiana’s Fish & Wildlife areas, the first is a simple map of the state and a list of the addresses and phone numbers, with some information at the bottom of the page.  The second is an interactive map with popups that give the same information as well as a link to the specific area’s web page. The second map is nice, the map can be magnified to show very good topographical detail as well as roads, with the Fish & Wildlife area outlined in green.  Other than some information about check stations staying open later during peak times of the year, there do not appear to be many regulations that are different from the general state rules for hunting.

Grade: A

Are there major issues in hunting this state as a non-resident?

Based on the well-organized, easy to understand and user friendly format of the hunting information, out of state hunters should have no problems planning a hunt in Indiana.

Grade: A

Summary: Final Grade A

A user friendly web site, reasonable prices including a five day license and a deer bundle license that both save hunters money and time, public land that is easy to use, without major regulations or variations in seasons, all of these factors add up to a very hunter friendly state.  I would not hesitate to plan a hunt in Indiana.

States Completed: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelaware



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