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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Wildlife Resources > Nuisance Wildlife > Do I need a permit? Do I need a permit?

Wildlife can sometimes become a problem on private lands. Permits are needed to remove some species. You can find information on different species below.

Small Furbearers

A resident landowner or tenant can legally capture these species of wild animals without a permit if:

  1. The animal is discovered damaging their property,
  2. AND the animal is on the property that he/she owns or rents.

The landowner/tenant also can designate another person to take that animal for them if:

  1. The landowner/tenant provides written permission (which must be on the person while taking the animal),
  2. AND no compensation of any kind is given to the person who takes the animal.
  3. A hunting or trapping license or nuisance wild animal control permit is required to take wild animals on land that you do not own or rent.

Within 24 hours of capture, the person who takes the animal must release it or euthanize it. Animals that are released must be released on land in the county where it was captured. Furthermore, the landowner or property manager must give  permission for the release. These nuisance animals cannot be possessed for more than 24 hours and cannot be sold, traded, bartered or gifted.

Rabbits

If you want to trap or shoot the rabbits, you will need a permit from the DNR, or you will need to use those methods legal only during the open hunting season (firearms can only be used where legal).  Live cage-traps (wire or wood) that are baited with dried apples or dry ear corn can be effective in capturing cottontail rabbits.

Coyotes

Landowners, or a person with written permission from a landowner, may take coyotes year-round on private property by snaring, trapping or shooting without a permit from the DNR. A landowner does not need a permit to take coyotes on his/her property by one of these methods, but a hunting or trapping license is required to hunt or trap coyotes on land other than your own. Be sure to check local ordinances before using any firearms.

Small Mammals

These species can be captured or killed year-round without a permit or hunting or trapping license from the DNR, and there are no limits to the number that can be taken as long as the species is not endangered or a species of special concern in Indiana.

Bird Species

  • CrowsRed-winged Blackbirds
  • Brown-headed cowbirds
  • Common grackles
  • Red-winged blackbirds
  • Brewer’s blackbirds

American crows, brown-headed cowbirds, common grackles, red-winged blackbirds and Brewer's blackbirds can be taken without a permit if the birds are committing or about to commit depredations upon ornamental or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock or wildlife, or are concentrated in numbers and in a manner that constitutes a health hazard or nuisance as provided under 50 CFR 16 (federal law). Be sure to check local ordinances prior to using pyrotechnics or firearms.

  • European starlings
  • Rock (feral) pigeons
  • House sparrows

European starlings, rock (feral) pigeons (not including homing pigeons), monk parakeets and house sparrows can be taken without a permit at anytime. Be sure to check local ordinances prior to using pyrotechnics or firearms.

How to obtain a permit

The application form and regulations are available on-line. For questions, contact the DNR, Division of Fish & Wildlife at (317) 232-4200 or dfw@dnr.IN.gov.

Additional Wildlife Information