Indiana Hunting News

Indiana State Parks Will Close for Special Season
A total of 18 DNR properties will be temporarily closed to the general public, Nov. 13-14, and Dec. 4-5, for special deer reduction hunts.
Indiana DNR Eliminates Handgun Restrictions
Hoosiers with valid handgun licenses are now allowed to carry those firearms when under DNR jurisdiction, effective immediately, as the result of four temporary rule modifications signed by Director Kyle Hupfer.
Indiana Spring Turkey Harvest Sets State Record
Hoosier hunters took a record number of wild turkeys during the state’s 37th annual hunt, April 26-May 14.
Applications Available for Special Indiana Hunts
Hoosiers who want to participate in deer reductions and special hunts at state properties this fall will have a one-stop online method for applying.
DNR Offering Incentives to Restore Pheasant and Quail Habitat
In the early 1960s and '70s, pheasant and bobwhite quail were abundant in Indiana. With nearly 4 million acres of Hoosier farmland set-aside in U.S. Department of Agriculture land retirement programs, these idle fields provided undisturbed nesting and brood-rearing habitat for pheasant and quail alike.
DNR to Offer Fall Turkey Season Licenses
Get the mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce ready – for the first time, turkey hunting will be allowed in Indiana during the fall season. Sportsmen will be able to purchase licenses at the Department of Natural Resources building during the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 10 — 21.
Lake Station Archery Range Grant Approved
The Department of Natural Resources has awarded to the Lake Station Parks Department a grant to construct an archery range in Riverview Park. The grant is for $95,250 with a match of $31,750 from Lake Station. The total project cost will be $127,000.
Youngsters Track Down Hunting Traditions
The tail stub on the Brittany spaniel's rump went into high gear as the little dog zeroed in on the intoxicating smell of a nearby pheasant. "You're up first, Daniel," said the mentor. "Get ready. The dog's gettin birdy. That's what we call it when you see the dog getting extra excited."
Fish and Wildlife Rules Update
Due to overwhelming public opposition, the proposed hunter orange clothing requirement for fall turkey hunting with a firearm has been dropped. DNR continues to strongly believe in the wearing of hunter orange as a means of reducing hunter-judgment or vision-related accidents.
Lake Michigan Program Receives Grant
One of the most important natural resources in Indiana is Lake Michigan. DNR Director John Goss announced the 11 projects that DNR recommended to receive $575,000 in federal funds.