Deer Reduction Zones

Deer Reduction Zones, previously called urban zones, give hunters opportunities to harvest deer in defined urban areas, in addition to statewide bag limits.

Deer reduction zone season

  • The Reduction Zone season is Sept. 15, 2017 through Jan. 31, 2018.
  • Bag limit: 10 deer, of which only one can be antlered. Individuals hunting in a designated Reduction Zone who are attempting to satisfy the Reduction Zone bag limit must harvest an antlerless deer before harvesting an antlered deer (a.k.a. earn-a-buck). The earn-a-buck requirement only applies to the Reduction Zone bag limit. The Reduction Zone bag limit is in addition to all other bag limits. See the hunting guide for deer bag limits.
  • A deer reduction zone license, resident youth hunt/trap, lifetime comprehensive hunting, or lifetime comprehensive hunting/fishing license is required unless you meet a license exemption under state law.
  • The deer reduction zone license allows the individual to harvest one deer per license. A valid license is required for each deer taken. Purchase a license.
  • Where allowed by local ordinances, firearms legal for deer hunting can be used in Reduction Zones with a deer reduction zone license or to count the deer towards the reduction zone bag limit from Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 31, 2018.
    The season does not override any local ordinances restricting shooting of firearms and bows.
  • Hunters must obtain permission from landowners to hunt on their property. (For a private land permission form, see Permission to Hunt on Private Lands.)
  • There are no reduction zones on Division of Fish & Wildlife properties. Deer Reduction Zones may be altered annually at the DNR director’s discretion based on deer population management needs.

DESCRIPTION OF ZONES

The Deer Reduction Zones for the 2017-18 Deer Reduction Zone season (Sept. 15, 2017-Jan. 31, 2018) are:

  1. The Evansville deer reduction zone is the portion of Vanderburgh County south of East Boonville-New Harmony Road, except the:
    1. Area south of Interstate 164/Veteran’s Memorial Parkway (from the Warrick County line to the east extending to where it intersects Main Street of Evansville along the Ohio River Shore to the west); and
    2. Area south of the intersection of Broadway Avenue and the Posey County Line (to the west) extending east to Bayou Creek Road and east to the Ohio River (with Bayou Creek Road extending east to the Ohio River).
  2. The Lafayette deer reduction zone is the portion in Tippecanoe County bounded as follows:
    1. To the east, starting at the junction of Interstate 65 and County Road 600 North, following Interstate 65 south to the junction of State Road 38.
    2. Along State Road 38 from the junction of Interstate 65 and State Road 38 west to Veterans Memorial Parkway (County Road 350 South), then south following Veterans Memorial Parkway west to the junction with U.S. Highway 231 (State Road 52).
    3. From the junction of Veterans Memorial Parkway (County Road 350 South) and U.S. Highway 231, following U.S. Highway 231 (State Road 52) north to the junction with State Road 25.
    4. From the junction of State Road 25 and U.S. Highway 231 south along State Road 25 to the junction of County Road 300 South and State Road 25 South.
    5. From the junction of State Road 25 South and County Road 300 South, west along County Road 300 South to the junction of County Road 300 South and County Road 700 West.
    6. From the junction of County Road 700 West and County Road 300 South north along County Road 700 West to the junction of County Road 700 West and Division Road (South River Road).
    7. From the junction of County Road 700 West and Division Road (South River Road), east along Division Road (South River Road) to the junction of Division Road (South River Road) and South Newman Road.
    8. From the junction of South Newman Road and Division Road (South River Road) north along South Newman Road to the junction of South Newman Road and State Road 26 (State Street).
    9. From the junction of South Newman Road and State Road 26 (State Street) east along State Road 26 (State Street) to the junction of State Road 26 (State Street) and U.S. Highway 231 (State Road 52).
    10. North along U.S. Highway 231 from the junction of State Road 26 (State Street) and U.S. Highway 231 (State Road 52) to the junction of U.S. Highway 231 (State Road 52) and State Road 52 (U.S. Highway 231).
    11. West along State Road 52 from the junction of State Road 52  and U.S. Highway 231 (State Road 52) to the junction of State Road 52  and County Road 400 West.
    12. North along County Road 400 West from its junction with State Road 52 (U.S. Highway 231) to the junction of County Road 400 West and County Road 375 West.
    13. North along County Road 375 West from its junction with County Road 400 West to the junction of County Road 375 West and County Road 600 North.
    14. East along County Road 600 North from its junction with County Road 375 West to the junction of County Road 600 North and Interstate 65.
  3. The deer reduction zone in central Indiana is as follows:
    1. All of Marion County.
    2. In Johnson County, only the portion of the county south from the Marion County line bounded as follows:
      1. West of Interstate 65 and south to the junction of Interstate 65 and Whiteland Road
      2. West along Whiteland Road to State Road 144.
      3. Then west along State Road 144 to State Road 37.
      4. South along State Road 37 to the Johnson/Morgan County line.
    3. In Morgan County, only the portion of the county north of the junction of State Road 37 and the Morgan/Johnson County line bounded as follows:
      1. West of State Road 37 South to the junction of State Road 37 and State Road 39 (Morton Avenue).
      2. North along State Road 39 (Morton Avenue) from its junction with State Road 37 to State Road 67.
      3. North along State Road 67 from its junction with State Road 39 to Indiana Street (Mooresville, IN).
      4. North along Indiana Street (State Road 267) from its junction with State Road 67 to State Road 42 (High Street).
      5. West along State Road 42 (High Street) from its junction with Indiana Street (State Road 267) to State Road 267.
      6. North along State Road 267 to the Morgan/Hendricks County line.
    4. In Hendricks County, only the portion of the county east of State Road 267 from the Morgan County line north to the Boone County line.
    5. In Boone County, only the portion of the county east of State Road 267 from the Hendricks County line north to Interstate 65, then bounded as follows:
      1. From Interstate 65 south to State Road 334.
      2. Then east to Ford Road/County Road 975 East/Pleasantview Road.
      3. Then north to County Road 300 South.
      4. Then from County Road 300 South east to the Hamilton County line.
    6. In Hamilton County, only the portion of the county south of State Road 32 from the Boone County line east to U.S. Highway 31, then bounded as follows:
      1. North along U.S. Highway 31 to 236th Street.
      2. East along 236th Street to State Road 19.
      3. South along State Road 19 to State Road 32.
      4. East along State Road 32 to the Madison County line.
  4. The deer reduction zone in Allen County is as follows:
    1. Within the bounds of Interstate 69 and Interstate 469.
    2. All of the area in Allen County west of Interstate 69 that lies north of Lafayette Center Road and south of State Road 14.
    3. All of the area west of Interstate 69 that lies north of U.S. Highway 30, east of O Day Road to State Road 33, south of State Road 33 to Johnson Road, east of Johnson Road north to West Shoaff Road, south of West Shoaff Road east to State Road 3, east of State Road 3 north tothe Dekalb County line.
    4. All of the area east of Interstate 69, north of Interstate 469, west of the St. Joseph River, and south of Schlatter Road.
  5. The deer reduction zone in Lake County as bounded by the following:
    1. The portion of the county north of the intersection of the Indiana State line and 151st Avenue.
    2. 151st Avenue east to U.S. Highway 41.
    3. U.S. Highway 41 south to State Road 2.
    4. State Road 2 east to Interstate 65.
    5. Interstate 65 north to 145th Avenue.
    6. 145th Avenue east to U.S. Highway 231.
    7. U.S. Highway 231 south to the Porter County line.
  6. The deer reduction zone in Porter County as bounded by the following:
    1. That portion of the county north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and the Lake/Porter County line.
    2. Then east along U.S. Highway 231 to State Road 2.
    3. Then north along State Road 2 north to Division Road.
    4. Then east along Division Road to the LaPorte County line
  7. The Michigan City/LaPorte deer reduction zone is the portion of LaPorte County bounded by the following:
    1. The intersection of the Porter/LaPorte County line and Interstate 94 east to the junction of Interstate 94 and Johnson Road.
    2. From the junction of Interstate 94 and Johnson Road south to the junction of Johnson Road and County Road 500 West.
    3. South along County Road 500 West from its junction with Johnson Road to the junction of County Road 500 West and State Road 2.
    4. East along State Road 2 from its junction with County Road 500 West to the junction of State Road 2 and State Road 39 (Longwood Drive).
    5. South along State Road 39 (Longwood Drive) from its junction with State Road 2 to the junction of County Road 400 South.
    6. East along County Road 400 South from its junction with State Road 2 to County Road 300 East.
    7. North along County Road 300 East from its junction with County Road 400 South to Division Road.
    8. West along Division Road from its junction with County Road 300 East to County Road 250 East.
    9. North along County Road 250 East from its junction with Division Road to County Road 150 North.
    10. West along County Road 150 North from its junction with County Road 250 East to Fail Road.
    11. North along North Fail Road from its junction with County Road 150 North to U.S. Highway 20.
    12. West along U.S. Highway 20 from its junction with North Fail Road to the junction of U.S. Highway 20 and Interstate 94.
    13. North along Interstate 94 from its junction with U.S. Highway 20 to the Indiana/Michigan State Line.
  8. The South Bend/Mishawaka/Elkhart deer reduction zone is the portions of Saint Joseph and Elkhart Counties bounded by the following:
    1. The junction of U.S. Highway 31 and the Indiana/Michigan State Line south along U.S. Highway 31 to the junction with U.S. Highway 20.
    2. East along U.S. Highway 20 (U.S. Highway 31) to County Road 17.
    3. North along County Road 17 from its junction with U.S. Highway 20 to the Indiana/Michigan State Line.
  9. The Warsaw deer reduction zone is the portion of Kosciusko County bounded by the following:
    1. The intersection of State Road 15 and Levi Lee Road East to the junction of Levi Lee Road and County Road 100 East.
    2. South along County Road 100 East from its junction with Levi Lee Road to County Road 450 North.
    3. East along County Road 450 North from its junction with County Road 100 East to Chapman Lake Drive.
    4. South along Chapman Lake Drive from its junction with County Road 450 North to County Road 300 East.
    5. South along County Road 300 East from its junction with Chapman Lake Road to Old U.S. Highway 30 (E. Old Road 30).
    6. East on Old U.S. Highway 30 (E. Old Road. 30) from its junction with County Road 300 East to County Road 450 East.
    7. South along County Road 450 East from its junction with Old U.S. Highway 30 (E. Old Road 30) to U.S. Highway 30.
    8. East on U.S. Highway 30 from its junction with County Road 450 East to Van Ness Road.
    9. South along Van Ness Road from its junction with U.S. Highway 30 to Wooster Road.
    10. West along Wooster Road from its junction with Van Ness Road to County Road 500 East.
    11. South along County Road 500 East from its junction with Wooster Road to County Road 350 South.
    12. West along County Road 350 South from its junction with County Road 500 East to County Road 450 East.
    13. South along County Road 450 East from its junction with County Road 350 South to County Road 400 South.
    14. West along County Road 400 South from its junction with County Road 450 East to State Road 15.
    15. North along State Road 15 from its junction with County Road 400 South to County Road 350 South.
    16. West along County Road 350 South from its junction with State Road 15 to County Road 450 West.
    17. North along County Road 450 West from its junction with County Road 350 South to County Road 400 West.
    18. North along County Road 400 West from its junction with County Road 450 West to Crystal Lake Road.
    19. East along Crystal Lake Road from its junction with County Road 400 West to Zimmer Road.
    20. North along Zimmer Road from its junction with Crystal Lake Road to Lincoln Highway (Old U.S. Highway 30).
    21. West along Lincoln Highway (Old U.S. Highway 30) from its junction with Zimmer Road to County Road 350 West.
    22. North along County Road 350 West from its junction with Lincoln Highway (Old U.S. Highway 30) to U.S. Highway 30.
    23. East along U.S. Highway 30 from its junction with County Road 350 West to County Road 150 West (Silveus Crossing).
    24. North along County Road 150 West (Silveus Crossing) from its junction with U.S. Highway 30 to County Road 400 North.
    25. East along County Road 400 North from its junction with County Road 150 West (Silveus Crossing) to State Road 15.
    26. North along State Road 15 from its junction with County Road 400 North to Levi Lee Road.
  10. The Muncie deer reduction zone is the portion of Delaware County bounded by the following:
    1. The intersection of Yorktown-Gaston Pike (County Road 600 West) and State Road 332 East along State Road 332 to Nebo Road.
    2. North along Nebo Road from its junction with State Road 332 to County Road 500 North (Royerton Road).
    3. East along County Road 500 North (Royerton Road) from its junction with North Nebo Road to U.S. Highway 35.
    4. South along U.S. Highway 35 from its junction with County Road 500 North (Royerton Road) to State Road 67.
    5. South along State Road 67 from its junction with U.S. Highway 35 to County Road 400 South.
    6. West along County Road 400 South from its junction with State Road 67 to South Marsh Avenue (County Road 600 West).
    7. North along Marsh Avenue (County Road 600 West) from its junction with County Road 400 South to State Road 32.
    8. East along State Road 32 from its junction with Marsh Avenue to Tiger Drive (County Road 575 West).
    9. North along Tiger Drive (County Road 575 West) from its junction with State Road 32 to River Road
    10. West along River Road from its junction with Tiger Drive to Yorktown-Gaston Pike (County Road 600 West).
    11. North along Yorktown-Gaston Pike (County Road 600 West) to its intersection with State Road 332.