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Fish & Wildlife > Wildlife Resources > Animals > Indiana Deer hunting, biology and management > Deer Reduction Zones Deer Reduction Zones

Notice: The 2017-18 Deer Reduction Zones are not yet finalized.

Deer Reduction Zones, previously called urban zones, give hunters opportunities to harvest deer in defined urban areas, in addition to statewide bag limits. View an interactive map of the zones.

Deer reduction zone season

  • The Reduction Zone season is Sept. 15, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017.
  • 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. 12, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017.
    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.


The Deer Reduction Zones for the 2016-17 Deer Reduction Zone season (Sept. 15, 2016-Jan. 31, 2017) 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:
    1. To the east, starting at the junction of State Road 25 and Interstate 65, 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.
    3. From the junction of Veterans Memorial Parkway (County Road 350 South) and U. S. Highway 231, following U. S. Highway 231 north to the junction with U. S. Highway 52.
    4. To the north, from the junction of U. S. Highway 231 and U. S. Highway 52, following U. S. Highway 52 east to the junction with State Road 25, and then following State Road 25 east to the junction with 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 along State Road 37 south:
      1. Then from State Road 37 south to State Road 144.
      2. Then east along State Road 144 to Whiteland Road.
      3. Then east along Whiteland Road to Interstate 65.
      4. Then north along Interstate 65 to the Marion County line.
    3. 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.
    4. In Boone County, only the portion of the county east of State Road 267 from the Hendricks County line north to Interstate 65, then:
      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.
    5. 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:
      1. North along U.S. Highway 31 to 256th Street.
      2. East along 256th 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