Indiana Game Laws
Shown here are a few of Indiana game laws. Fully familiarize yourself with all the regulations before you go hunting at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/.
Spotlighting—It is illegal to spotlight any wild animal from a vehicle while possessing any firearm, bow or crossbow.
Laser Sights—Laser sights are legal for all hunting.
Wanton Waste—It is illegal to kill or cripple any wild animal without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the animal to include in your daily bag limit. It is illegal, however, to enter private property without permission to retrieve downed game. Before you hunt, make sure you have permission to track game on land adjoining your hunting area.
Selling of Wild Game—Protected or regulated wild animals (live, dead or the meat therefrom) cannot be sold, traded or bartered. (Exceptions: lawfully taken furbearers, squirrel tails, deer hides, antlers and hooves may be sold.)
DNR Property Rules— Regulations may vary when hunting and trapping on some state properties. Please check with the property manager for up-to-date regulations before hunting or trapping on state areas.
Indiana Firearms Regulations—No license is required to possess a rifle, shotgun or muzzleloading firearm (including muzzleloading handguns). You must have a permit to carry and/or hunt with a handgun. Landowners may hunt on their own property without a handgun permit.
You may apply for a handgun permit at your local county sheriff’s office. You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a handgun permit. Nonresidents using a handgun must have a permit issued by their home state. If their home state does not issue handgun permits, then they may not hunt with a handgun in Indiana.
Shooting Across Roads or Water—It is illegal to hunt, shoot at or kill any animal or to shoot at any object from within, into, upon or across any public road. It is illegal to shoot across a body of water except in the lawful pursuit of wildlife.
Silencers—It is illegal to have a silencer in your possession while hunting.
Magazine Plugs—When hunting for migratory game birds and waterfowl (dove, ducks, geese, woodcock, etc.) it is illegal to use a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler which is incapable of removal without disassembling the gun. There are no restrictions on magazine capacity for hunting of any other species.
Fluorescent Orange Requirements—To meet fluorescent orange (or “hunter orange”) clothing requirements, you must wear as an outer garment exposed at all times one or more of the following articles that are solid fluorescent orange in color: a vest, coat, jacket, coveralls, hat or cap. Camouflage-patterned fluorescent orange garments do not satisfy the requirement.
You must wear fluorescent orange if you are hunting:
- Ruffed grouse
- Squirrel (Nov. 7-Dec. 31)
Hunter Harassment Law—Legal hunting is protected by law. Indiana Code states that it is illegal to intentionally interfere with the legal taking of a game animal by another person. It is also illegal to intentionally disturb a game animal with intent to prevent or hinder the legal taking of that game. Further, it is unlawful to enter public land or private land without permission of the owner with the intent to prevent or hinder the legal taking of game.