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Reserved Hunt Information

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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 sent to the email address you provided.
  • After you have submitted your application, PRINT or SAVE your confirmation page. Once you have applied, you can double-check if the application was submitted successfully 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.
  • The website will have you add the hunt you apply for to the "Shopping Cart," and you will be asked to "Check Out" and "Place Order, even though there is no fee. You will need to place your order in the cart to submit your application.

Other Important Information

  • Once you have submitted your hunt application, you cannot change it. If you need to update your contact information, you may do so by logging into the reserved hunt system.

Results

  • Hunters will be selected through a random computerized drawing.
  • An email will be sent to applicants who are drawn, as well as those who are not drawn, once the draw has been completed.
  • Results are available within two weeks after the application period has closed.
  • To view draw hunt results, go to: https://secure.in.gov/apps/dnr/portal/#/home and click the link to see the status of your reserved hunt registrations or login to your account and view your Hunt Registrations in your online dashboard. The link from the home page will only show hunts that you registered for when the date of the hunt is still upcoming. Logging in to your account online is required for you to see the full history of your past hunt registrations (previous years).

Hunts Currently Taking Applications

    Applications for the following hunts will be open July 1 and will close August 1:

    • Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) Dove:
      • Fish & Wildlife areas participating include Goose Pond, Atterbury, Winamac, Willow Slough, Kingsbury, Kankakee, Pigeon River, and Jasper-Pulaski. Hunt dates vary by property and can be seen when applying. Drawn hunters may bring one hunting partner with them.
    • Muscatatuck (NWR) Youth Deer:
      • Muscatatuck NWR will host one reserved firearm deer hunt for youth Sept. 24-25. Drawn hunters must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older.
    • Indiana Private Lands Access (IPLA) Squirrel and Youth Deer:
      • IPLA will offer reserve hunts for squirrel and youth deer. Hunt dates and locations can be seen when applying.

    Applications for the following hunts will be open August 22 and will close September 23:

    • Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) Waterfowl:
      • Fish & Wildlife areas participating include Goose Pond, Hovey Lake, Kankakee, Kingsbury, and LaSalle.  Province Pond Wetland Conservation Area (managed by J.E. Roush Lake FWA) will also be participating. Hunt dates vary by property and can be seen when applying.  Drawn hunters may bring up to two hunting partners with them.

    • Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) Deer:
      • Deer Creek and Fairbanks Landing FWAs will host reserved firearm hunts.  Hunters can apply for the hunt date of Nov. 12-13 for either property.   Additional hunt dates of Nov. 14-15 and Nov. 16-19 are available for Deer Creek FWA.  Drawn hunters may bring one additional hunting partner with them.

    • Indiana Private Lands Access (IPLA) Deer:
      • IPLA deer hunts will begin Oct. 1, additional hunt dates and locations can be seen when applying.  Drawn hunters may bring one non-hunting partner with them.

    • State Park Deer
      • State Parks participating include Brown County, Chain O’ Lakes, Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmony, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, and Whitewater Memorial.  Trine State Recreation Area and Cave River Valley Natural Area are also participating. Hunters can choose to apply for the hunt dates of Nov. 14-15 or Nov. 28-29. Hunters may list up to 2 buddies for each hunt period and must list the hunter’s name when applying. State Park deer hunts are only open to those who have an Indiana resident or lifetime hunting licenses.

    • Military and National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Deer:
      • Properties participating include Big Oaks NWR and Muscatatuck NWR. A variety of hunt types (firearms, muzzleloader, archery) are available. Hunt dates vary by property and may be assigned.  Drawn hunters may bring one hunting partner with them.
      • Muscatatuck NWR will host one reserved firearm deer hunt for youth Sept. 24-25. Drawn hunters must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older.

    • Indiana Private Lands Access (IPLA) Game Bird:
      • IPLA game bird hunts will begin on Nov. 1. Hunt dates and locations can be seen when applying. Drawn hunters may bring two hunting partners with them.
    • November Gamebird Habitat Area (GBA) Pheasant:
      • Hunters may choose from a variety of dates in November. Hunters will be assigned to a Fish & Wildlife-managed Gamebird Habitat Area. Drawn hunters may bring two hunting partners with them. Youth hunting opportunities will also be available. These are not put/take pheasant hunts.

    Applications for the following hunts will be open October 3 and will close October 31:

    • December Gamebird Habitat Area (GBA) Pheasant:
      • Hunters may choose from a variety of hunt dates in December. Hunters will be assigned to a Fish & Wildlife-managed Gamebird Habitat Area. Drawn hunters may bring two hunting partners with them. These are not put/take pheasant hunts.
    • Indiana Private Lands Access (IPLA) Hunts:
      • IPLA will offer reserve hunts for rabbit on private lands. Hunt dates and location will be seen while applying.

    *Gamebird Habitat Area (GBA) pheasant hunts have been broken out into two separate online draws for 2022. The Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) has made this change to allow people to apply to GBA pheasant hunts closer to the actual hunt dates. By making this change, DFW hopes to improve no-show rates (rate at which people who apply for a hunt and get drawn and do not show up for their hunt) of GBA pheasant hunts.

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