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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Hunting & Trapping > Reserved Hunt Information Reserved Hunt Information

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What do I need to apply?

  • A valid hunting license for the species you intend to hunt for that season/equipment.
  • A valid email address for confirmation of application submission.

How do I know if my application is complete?

  • You will receive a confirmation email to the email address provided.
  • After you have submitted your application, PRINT or SAVE your confirmation page. Once you have applied, you can double-check by logging back into the reserved hunt system. If a hunt choice is still in the drop-down box, you did not successfully apply. The system will not allow you to apply for the same hunt more than once. So, if the hunt shows up in your drop-down box, then you need to apply.

Other important information

  • Once you have submitted your hunt application, you cannot change it. If you need to update your contact information, log into the reserved hunt system and update it. All reserved hunt draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline has passed.

Hunts currently taking applications

State Park Deer Reduction Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online July 1–Aug. 22, 2016.
  • Applicants must possess any valid licenses to take a deer in Indiana at the time of the application.
  • Applicants are allowed to apply for themselves and as many as two hunting partners.
  • If applicants wish to apply with a hunting partner or partners, the primary applicant must have his or her partner’s hunting license number and date of birth when applying. Applicants must be Indiana residents (or possess a valid lifetime license to take deer in Indiana), be 18 years old by the first hunt date, and must possess the proper licenses to hunt deer. Once you have submitted your application online, you cannot change it.
  • Each applicant may appear on only one application per hunt (i.e., you cannot be listed as a primary applicant AND a partner for the same hunt.)
  • Preference will be given to those who have successfully completed a Hunter Education course. Hunter Education or International Bowhunter Education courses are required for archery hunts (Clifty Falls and Fort Harrison).
  • Firearm hunts allow any firearm legal to take deer on public land in Indiana. Archery hunts allow any archery equipment legal to take deer in Indiana.
  • Deer harvested at a State Park Reduction Hunt are in addition to regular deer-season bag limits. You do not need to purchase additional licenses to harvest deer if participating in the reduction hunt. For questions regarding State Park Deer Reduction Hunts, contact DNR’s Division of State Parks at (317) 232-4200.
  • Available state parks in 2016 are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls (archery only), Fort Harrison (archery only), Indiana Dunes, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill and Cave River Valley Natural Area (managed and drawn together), Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles and Whitewater Memorial state parks.
  • The Early Hunt is Nov. 14-15, 2016; the Late Hunt is Nov. 28-29, 2016.

Military/Refuge Archery, Primitive and Firearm Deer Draw Hunts

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 22, 2016.
  • Applicants do not have to enter their hunting partner’s information online and do not choose dates. Dates are randomly assigned.
  • Successful applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.
  • Firearm hunts: Camp Atterbury, and Muscatatuck and Big Oaks national wildlife refuges.
  • Archery: Big Oaks NWR.
  • Primitive: Muscatatuck (muzzleloader) and Big Oaks (archery and primitive muzzleloader).

Youth Deer Hunts

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 22, 2016.
  • Youth must be 17 or younger on the hunt date and accompanied by a mentor, defined as a licensed hunter, 18 or older. The mentor is not eligible to hunt or carry a firearm for this hunt.
  • Property: Muscatatuck NWR.

Pheasant Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Sept. 26, 2016.
  • Applicants do not choose a property, only a date. Properties are assigned to successful applicants on all Game Bird Habitat Areas.
  • Youth Pheasant Draw also available.

Deer Hunts on Fish & Wildlife Areas

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 22, 2016.
  • Properties: Deer Creek FWA, Tern Bar Slough WDCA (firearms).
  • Other properties available at a later date.

Upland Hunts on Select Properties

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 22, 2016.
  • Properties: Deer Creek FWA

Dove Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online July 1-27, 2016.
  • Properties: Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, J.E. Roush Lake, Willow Slough, Blue Grass, and Winamac fish & wildlife areas.

Hunt draws completed

None at this time.

Hunt Draw Information

Wild Turkey Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online from January to March each year; dates change based on day of the week.
  • Turkey hunts are often offered at the following properties: Aukiki Wetland Conservation Area, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge (regular season and youth season), Salamonie Lake, Mississinewa Lake and Atterbury, Chinook, Crosley, Deer Creek, Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Goose Pond, Hillenbrand, Hovey Lake, J.E. Roush Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Sugar Ridge, Tri-County, Willow Slough and Winamac fish & wildlife areas.

Put-and-Take Pheasant Hunts

  • Application period is September through late-November; first-come, first-served.
  • Put-and-take hunting days will start on a Saturday in mid- to late-November.
  • Pheasants are released for put-and-take hunting on Atterbury, Glendale, J. E. Roush Lake, Pigeon River (west of State Road 3), Tri-County, Willow Slough and Winamac FWAs. (Subject to change annually.)
  • The cost for put-and-take hunts is $28 per person.
  • Hunts are non-refundable.

Waterfowl Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online in September.

Other Deer Reduction Hunts As Needed

  • Deer hunts on properties that are not listed may be requested as needed on state or federal lands.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When I enter my license number and date of birth, the system doesn’t recognize me.
Q: I get the error message “You have attempted to submit a form twice. Please click this URL to continue.”
Q: I don’t know if I have applied for a hunt.  How do I verify?
Q: Will the system allow me to register for the same hunt more than once?
Q: I entered my license number and date-of-birth, but I don’t see any hunts in the drop-down list.  What do I do?
Q: When will the results for the hunts be posted?
Q: Where do I find out if I was drawn for a hunt?
Q: I tried to view my draw results and I got the message "No Records Found." What do I do now?
Q: There are no results listed under my name for a hunt. What do I do now?