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Basics

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. You should also receive a confirmation email. Once you have applied, you can double check by logging back into the reserved hunt system. If you log back into the reserved hunt system and a hunt choice is still in the drop-down box, then that means 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 application for a hunt, you cannot change your application. If you need to update your contact information, please log back into the reserved hunt system and update your contact information.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 through Aug. 24, 2015.
  • Applicants must possess any valid license to take a deer in Indiana at the time of application.
  • Applicants are allowed to apply for themselves and as many as two hunting partners.
  • If applicants wish to apply with (a) hunting partner(s), the primary applicant must have his or her partners’ 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 of age by the date of the first hunt, and must possess the proper licenses to hunt deer in order to apply. Once you have submitted your application online, you cannot change your information.
  • 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. Either a Hunter Education or International Bowhunter Education course will suffice for preference for archery hunts (Clifty Falls and Fort Harrison).
  • Firearm hunts include any firearm legal to take deer in Indiana. Archery hunts include any archery equipment legal to take deer in Indiana.
  • For successful applicants, 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, please contact DNR State Parks at (317) 232-4200.
  • Available 2015 state parks: Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run and Versailles.
  • Early Hunt: Nov. 16-17, 2015; Late Hunt: Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2015.

Youth Deer Hunt at Muscatatuck NWR

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 24, 2015.
  • Youth must be 17 or younger on the date of the hunt and accompanied by a mentor, defined as a licensed hunter, 18 or older. The mentor will not be eligible to hunt or carry a firearm for this hunt.
  • Hunt dates will be during the 2015 special youth deer season: Sept. 26, 27.
  • Successful hunters will be randomly assigned to either Sept. 26 or 27.
  • This is designated as a special youth hunt. Youth hunters may use their Youth license, military/refuge license, firearms license, or deer license bundle to participate in this youth deer hunt. Any deer taken with a youth license or military/refuge license will not count toward the youth’s statewide bag limit. Any deer taken with a firearms license or deer license bundle will count toward the youth’s statewide bag limit.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the application deadline.

Military/Refuge Firearm Deer Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 24, 2015.
  • 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.
    • Available properties: Camp Atterbury JMTC, Muscatatuck NWR (muzzleloader only), Big Oaks NWR, Big Oaks NWR (primitive muzzleloader or archery).
      **Any military area deer hunt may be canceled or rescheduled on short notice. No hunt fee refunds will be given if a hunt is canceled or rescheduled.
  • Handguns are not permitted on any military area.
  • Successful applicants will receive more information regarding their hunt once the draw results are posted. There will be a link to a document with the information. 
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.
  • Big Oaks Primitive Muzzleloader Definition:
    (a) Fire black powder or black powder substitute.
    (b) Have a traditional, external side-hammer design.
    (c) Be capable of being loaded only from the muzzle.
    (d) Have a caliber of at least .45.
    (e) Be loaded with a bullet at least four hundred forty-thousandths (.440) of an inch diameter.
    (f) Have an ignition system that is flintlock or caplock.
    (g) Use a lead round ball or lead conical bullet without plastic or other sabot.
    (h) Have traditional-style open sights (fixed or adjustable v-notched rear sight, buckhorn rear sight, metallic rear peep sight, and post or blade front sight).
    (i) Not have telescopic or other sights that incorporate glass or electronics.

Military/Refuge Archery Deer Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 24, 2015.
  • 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.
    • Available property: Big Oaks NWR
      **Any military area deer hunt may be canceled or rescheduled on short notice. No hunt fee refunds will be given if a hunt is canceled or rescheduled.
  • Handguns are not permitted on any military area.
  • Successful applicants will receive more information regarding their hunt once the draw results are posted. There will be a link to a document with the information. 
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Pheasant Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Sept. 28, 2015.
  • Applicants do not choose a property, only a date. Properties are assigned to successful applicants.
    • Available dates for 2015: Nov. 1, 4, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 and Dec. 5, 12.
    • Youth ONLY (17 or younger) hunt date: Nov. 7
      **Pheasant draw hunts are held at Game Bird Habitat Areas, which are located in Benton, Newton and White counties.
  • If you are selected to hunt at a Game Bird Area, you must fill out and return the survey form supplied, even if you do not show up on the day of the hunt. If you do not return the survey form, you may jeopardize your participation in future hunts.
  • Successful applicants may bring up to two hunting partners.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the application deadline.

Put-and-Take Pheasant Hunts

Please read carefully as several new changes take effect this year.

  • Application period: Sept. 1 to Nov. 29, 2015 (midnight); first-come, first served
  • Put and take hunting days will start on Saturday November 21 and run through Sunday November 29
  • 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.
  • Hunters can select the date, property, and area for their hunt.
  • PRINT your confirmation page once you submit your reservation(s). You will also receive a confirmation email once your reservation(s) have been successfully submitted.
  • The cost for put-and-take hunts is $28 per person.
  • The daily bag limit for put and take hunting at Pigeon River, Willow Slough and Winamac is two cocks only. Only cock pheasants will be released at these properties. These Fish and Wildlife Areas have resident wild pheasants and the harvest of only cock pheasants will protect wild hen pheasants, promoting belter conditions for natural reproduction in these areas.
  • The daily bag limit for put and take hunting at Atterbury, Glendale, J.E. Roush Lake and Tri-County is still two birds of either sex.
  • Due to extensive flooding at J.E. Roush Lake, hunting cover found this season may not be as adequate as in normal seasons.
  • Put and take pheasant hunters in designated put and take pheasant areas may not havest game animals except pheasants on days when pheasants are released and hunted. Restricting put/take pheasant hunters from harvesting other game animals will protect upland game during a week-long period of intensive hunting pressure.
  • Hunts are non-refundable.

T.C. Steele Deer Reduction Firearm Draw

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 24, 2015.
  • All hunts are two-day hunts
    • Available hunt dates are: Nov. 14-15, 21-22
  • Applicants must possess a resident deer license to take a deer with a firearm or lifetime comprehensive hunting license in order to apply. Applicants must be at least eighteen years old by Nov. 14, 2015.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a Hunter Education course.
  • A hunter successfully drawn may bring one hunting partner. It is preferred that each successful applicant hunt with a partner.

Fairbanks Landing FWA Deer Hunt

  • Applications accepted online from Aug. 10 through Sept. 28, 2015.
  • Only the opening weekend of the deer firearms season is reserved at Fairbanks Landing FWA.
  • New for 2015, successful applicants may bring a hunting partner.
  • Bonus antlerless licenses may NOT be used during this hunt.
  • Results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply

PORTLAND ARCH DEER REDUCTION HUNT (ARCHERY):

  • Applications accepted online Sept. 1-14, 2015.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt deer in order to apply.
    • Available dates:
      • Archery will be open Oct. 1 through Dec. 4, 2015; and Dec. 20, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016 (second date set is optional).
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner. Both individuals will be required to hunt within the same hunting zone carry property permits.
  • This is NOT a military/reduction hunt. Normal statewide seasons/limits apply. Apply for dates that allow the equipment type you want to use. Bonus antlerless permits may be used based on county limits.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.
  • Maps of the area delineating open hunting zones, parking, property boundaries and other features will be distributed to participants. 
  • Deer reduction hunts are based on ecological objectives and are management tools; trophy hunting is not the mission. Please DO NOT apply if you are planning on passing on smaller bucks or does.

PORTLAND ARCH DEER REDUCTION HUNT (MUZZLELOADER):

  • Applications accepted online Sept. 1-14, 2015.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt deer in order to apply.
  • Available dates:
    • Muzzleloader will be open Dec. 5-20, 2015.
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.  Both individuals will be required to hunt within the same hunting zone carry property permits.
  • This is NOT a military/reduction hunt. Normal statewide seasons/limits apply. Apply for dates that allow the equipment type you want to use. Bonus antlerless permits may be used based on county limits.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.
  • Maps of the area delineating open hunting zones, parking, property boundaries and other features will be distributed to participants. 
  • Deer reduction hunts are based on ecological objectives and are management tools; trophy hunting is not the mission. Please DO NOT apply if you are planning on passing on smaller bucks or does.

BIG WALNUT DEER REDUCTION HUNT (ARCHERY):

  • Applications accepted online from Sept. 1-14, 2015.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt deer in order to apply.
    • Available dates:
      • Archery will be open Oct. 1 through Dec. 4, 2015; and Dec. 20, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016 (second date set is optional).
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner. Both individuals will be required to hunt within the same hunting zone carry property permits.
  • This is NOT a military/reduction hunt. Normal statewide seasons/limits apply. Apply for dates that allow the equipment type you want to use. Bonus antlerless permits may be used based on county limits.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.
  • Maps of the area delineating open hunting zones, parking, property boundaries and other features will be distributed to participants. 
  • Deer reduction hunts are based on ecological objectives and are management tools; trophy hunting is not the mission. Please DO NOT apply if you are planning on passing on smaller bucks or does.

BIG WALNUT DEER REDUCTION HUNT (MUZZLELOADER):

  • Applications accepted online Sept. 1-14, 2015.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt deer in order to apply.
  • Available dates:
    • Muzzleloader will be open Dec. 5-20, 2015.
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner. Both individuals will be required to hunt within the same hunting zone carry property permits.
  • This is NOT a military/reduction hunt. Normal statewide seasons/limits apply. Apply for dates that allow the equipment type you want to use. Bonus antlerless permits may be used based on county limits.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.
  • Maps of the area delineating open hunting zones, parking, property boundaries and other features will be distributed to participants. 
  • Deer reduction hunts are based on ecological objectives and are management tools; trophy hunting is not the mission. Please DO NOT apply if you are planning on passing on smaller bucks or does.

Hunt Draws Completed

Deer Creek FWA Deer Hunt

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 17, 2015.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt deer in order to apply.
    • Available dates: Nov. 14-15, 17-18, 24-25, 28-29, Dec. 5-6, 8-9, 12-13, 15-16, 19-20.
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.
  • This is NOT a military/reduction hunt. Normal statewide seasons/limits apply. Apply for dates that allow the equipment type you want to use. Bonus antlerless permits may NOT be used.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Deer Creek FWA Upland Hunt

  • Applications accepted online July 1 through Aug. 17, 2015.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt small game in order to apply.
  • All hunts are one-day hunts, Saturday only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
    • Available hunt dates: Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, Jan. 2.
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Dove Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online July 1-27, 2015.
  • Remember, hunters must possess a Game Bird Habitat Stamp when hunting doves (those who have lifetime comprehensive hunting licenses or resident youth hunt/trap licenses do not need to purchase the stamp, since it's included in those licenses).
  • Non-toxic shot is required at all DNR properties, including reservoir properties.
  • Applicants may choose the property, but dates (typically Sept. 1 or 2, except at Bluegrass FWA) will be assigned to successful applicants.
    • Available properties for 2015: Blue Grass, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, Pigeon River, and Winamac FWAs.
  • Due to flooding during the sunflower growing season, J.E. Roush Lake FWA, Willow Slough FWA, Salamonie Lake and LaSalle FWA will not be in the 2015 draw.
  • Successful applicants may bring one hunting partner.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Upcoming Reserved Hunts

2015 Waterfowl Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online Sept. 14-30, 2015.
  • Applicants may choose up to five property and date combinations. Successful applicants will be chosen for one (or more) of their five property and date choices.
  • You must have a party of three hunters to hunt Monroe Lake. On all other properties, you must be accompanied by at least one but no more than two hunters to make a party of two or three. All hunters must possess the required license, stamp(s) and HIP number to hunt waterfowl.

2015 WILD TURKEY DRAW HUNT

  • Applications typically accepted online Jan. 31 - March 24.

2015 YOUTH TURKEY HUNT AT MUSCATATUCK

  • Applications typically accepted online Jan. 31 - March 24.

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?