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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 or Opening Soon

Applications for the following hunts will be open Aug. 16 and will close Sept. 30:

    November Game Bird Area (GBA) Pheasant*:

    • Hunters may choose from a variety of dates in November. Hunters will be assigned to a Fish & Wildlife-managed Game Bird Area. Drawn hunters may bring two hunting partners with them. Youth hunting opportunities will also be available. These hunts are not put/take pheasant hunts.

    Indiana Private Lands Access Program (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.

Applications for the following hunt will be open Sept. 27 and will close on Oct. 31:

    December Game Bird Area (GBA) Pheasant*:

    • Hunters may choose from a variety of hunt dates in December. Hunters will be assigned to a Fish & Wildlife-managed Game Bird Area. Drawn hunters may bring two hunting partners with them. These hunts are not put/take pheasant hunts.

    * Game Bird Area (GBA) pheasant hunts have been broken out into two separate online draws for 2021. 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 (the rate at which people who apply for a hunt and get drawn and do not show up for their hunt) of GBA pheasant hunts.

Additional Hunting Opportunities

    Put-and-Take Pheasant Hunts:

    • Hunt spots will be available for purchase starting on Sept. 3 at 7 a.m. ET. Slots include dates from Nov. 20 through Nov. 28.  Fish & Wildlife areas (FWAs) participating include Atterbury, Glendale, J.E. Roush Lake, Pigeon River, Tri-County, Willow Slough, and Winamac. There is a per-person fee of $30 for each slot to participate. The bag limit for put-and-take pheasant hunting is two birds of either sex, except at Pigeon River, Willow Slough, and Winamac FWAs, where the limit is two roosters only. A hunter filling their limit in a put-and-take hunt may not take any more pheasants that day.

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