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Indiana Hunting License Information

General License Regulations

Hunting Licenses

  • A valid hunting license issued by the Indiana DNR is required to hunt any species of wild animal on both private and public land in Indiana.
  • License exemptions can be found below.
  • Some species also require state and/or federal stamps.

Resident Licenses

  • To qualify for resident hunting licenses, a person must have established a true fixed and permanent home and primary residence in Indiana for 60 consecutive days before purchasing a license or permit.
  • Individuals claiming residency for hunting, trapping, or fishing in another state or country are considered nonresidents.

Licenses and Stamps

  • A hunting license (and applicable stamps, permits, and HIP number) must have an original signature in ink.
  • It must be carried with the licensee while hunting or the licensee must produce an electronic copy of the license while hunting.
  • The license or electronic copy must be produced upon the request of an Indiana Conservation Officer or other authorized law enforcement officer.

Hunter Education

  • Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986, must complete a DNR-offered hunter education class to purchase an Indiana hunting license.
  • Alternatively, they must purchase an apprentice hunting license.
  • See information on apprentice licenses.

License Reprints

  • Lost or damaged licenses can be reprinted online at no cost to the customer.
  • Reprints at retail locations may come with a $3 service charge.

License Revoked

  • DNR-issued licenses may be revoked at the discretion of a court upon conviction of fish and wildlife law violations.
  • The Department may also revoke licenses for noncompliance with issued conditions.

License Refunds

  • Licenses are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

General License Regulations

Hunting Licenses

  • A valid hunting license issued by the Indiana DNR is mandatory for hunting any species of wild animal on both private and public land in Indiana.
  • License exemptions are detailed below.
  • Some species may necessitate state and/or federal stamps.

Resident Licenses

  • To be eligible for resident hunting licenses, an individual must establish a true fixed and permanent home and primary residence in Indiana for 60 consecutive days before purchasing a license or permit.
  • Individuals claiming residency for hunting, trapping, or fishing in another state or country are classified as nonresidents.

Licenses and Stamps

  • A hunting license (including stamps, permits, and HIP number) must bear an original signature in ink.
  • It is mandatory to carry the license while hunting and the licensee must produce an electronic copy if requested by an Indiana Conservation Officer or other authorized law enforcement officer.

Hunter Education

  • Individuals born after Dec. 31, 1986, must complete a DNR-offered hunter education class to acquire an Indiana hunting license.
  • Alternatively, they can purchase an apprentice hunting license.
  • Details on apprentice licenses are available.

License Reprints

  • Lost or damaged licenses can be reprinted online at no cost to the customer.
  • Reprints at retail locations may incur a $3 service charge.

License Revoked

  • DNR-issued licenses may face revocation by court discretion upon conviction of fish and wildlife law violations.
  • The Department may also revoke licenses for noncompliance with issued conditions.

License Refunds

  • Licenses are both nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Nonresident Hunting Privileges

Youth Hunting with Resident License

A nonresident under 18 can hunt, trap, or fish with a resident license if a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian is an Indiana resident.

Military Personnel Exemption

Nonresident military personnel on active duty and stationed in Indiana may hunt or fish with a resident license.

Nonresident Landowners Exemption

Nonresident landowners, along with their spouses and children, can hunt, fish, or trap on their Indiana farmland without a hunting license if specific conditions are met.

Conditions for Exemption

  • The nonresident's state must grant the same exemption for Indiana residents owning farmland in that state.
  • Proof of ownership, like a tax receipt, must be readily accessible while engaged in hunting, fishing, or trapping activities.

Business-Owned Land Exception

The exemption doesn't apply to land owned by a business, corporation, or partnership unless owned or leased by an immediate family exclusively.

Nonresident Leaseholder Requirements

Nonresidents leasing land in Indiana are not exempt and must obtain nonresident licenses.

Nonresident Private Shooting Preserve

License Requirements

Nonresidents aiming to hunt bobwhite quail, ring-necked pheasants, or waterfowl on private shooting preserves in Indiana are obliged to acquire a nonresident shooting preserve license.

License Cost

  • $20 for adults
  • $12 for youth

Stamp Requirements

Ensure compliance with any applicable stamp requirements in addition to the shooting preserve license.

Expiry Date

The nonresident private shooting preserve license remains valid until April 30 following the effective date of issuance.

Disability Accommodations for Hunting

Special Permits for Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals facing disabilities hindering compliance with regular hunting regulations can request a special permit from the DNR.

Permit Benefits

Special permits may grant the following privileges:

  • Hunting from a vehicle
  • Special vehicle access on public property for those with walking limitations

License Requirement

Individuals with a disability permit must also possess the appropriate valid hunting license for the targeted species, unless exempt under state law while hunting on their farmland.

Conditional Hunter Education Card

Individuals with specific permanent developmental disabilities defined in state law can apply for a conditional hunter education card. Successful completion of the hunter education class is a prerequisite.

Disability Definition

A disability, for these accommodations, is defined as a physical impairment resulting from injury or disease, excluding impairment due to the normal aging process.

Contact Information

For rules, application forms, or inquiries, contact the Division of Fish & Wildlife at 317-232-4102 or visit hunting.IN.gov.

Accessing DNR Properties with Disability Permits

To identify suitable hunting locations on DNR property with a disability permit, reach out to the property manager of Public Hunting Areas.

Indiana Hunting Guide License

Legal Requirement

The law mandates that individuals or entities offering hunting guide or outfitter services for compensation must hold a valid annual Hunting Guide License as per Indiana Code 14-22-15.5.

License Duration

The annual license is valid until March 31 of the following year from its issuance.

Application Process

Interested parties can obtain license applications at wildlife.IN.gov.

Note: Failure to possess the required Hunting Guide License while providing guide or outfitter services for monetary compensation may result in legal consequences. Ensure compliance with Indiana regulations to avoid any issues.

Indiana Hunting Guide License

Legal Mandate

Individuals or entities providing hunting guide or outfitter services for compensation must possess a valid annual Hunting Guide License, a legal requirement outlined in Indiana Code 14-22-15.5.

Duration of License

The annual license remains valid until March 31 of the subsequent year from the date of issuance.

Obtaining a License

Prospective individuals or entities interested in acquiring the Hunting Guide License can access the necessary application forms at wildlife.IN.gov.

Important Reminder

Failure to possess the mandated Hunting Guide License while offering guide or outfitter services for compensation may lead to legal consequences. Strict adherence to Indiana regulations is crucial to avoid any potential issues.

Hunter Education in Indiana

Mandatory Hunter Education

Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986, is required to complete a DNR-offered hunter education class before purchasing a hunting license in Indiana.

Recognition of Out-of-State Certification

Hunters certified in another state or Canada can present a valid card or certificate to purchase an Indiana hunting license.

DNR-Offered Courses

The DNR conducts hunter education courses across the state, exclusively available to Indiana residents.

  • Hunters aged 11 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in every session.

Contact Information

For class inquiries, visit indianahuntereducation.com or contact:

Online Hunter Safety Course

Indiana provides an online hunter safety course for individuals aged 12 and older, enabling them to obtain their hunter education card.

  • Visit hunter-ed.com/Indiana for course details.

Lost Hunter Education Card

If you've lost your hunter education card, visit ilostmycard.com for assistance. Ensure compliance with education requirements before engaging in hunting activities in Indiana.

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