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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 open July 6 and will close Aug. 9

    Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) Dove: 

    • Fish & Wildlife areas participating include Glendale, Goose Pond, Atterbury, Winamac, Willow Slough, J.E. Roush Lake, Kingsbury, Kankakee, Pigeon River, and Jasper-Pulaski. Hunters can apply for the hunt dates of Sept. 1or 2. Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area will also be hosting dove hunts on Sept. 2, 5, and 7. Drawn hunters may bring one hunting partner with them.

    Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) Waterfowl:

    • Fish & Wildlife areas participating include Goose Pond, Hovey Lake, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, and Willow Slough. 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 three hunting partners with them.

    Indiana Private Lands Access (IPLA) Waterfowl:

    • IPLA waterfowl hunts will begin on Sept. 11 for the early teal and goose season. Hunt dates and locations can be seen when applying. Drawn hunters may bring up to three hunting partners with them.

    Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) Deer:

    • Deer Creek and Fairbanks Landing FWAs will host reserved firearms hunts. Hunters can apply for the hunt date of Nov. 13-14 for either property. Additional hunt dates of Nov. 15-16 and Nov. 17-19 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 on Sept. 26 for the youth season. 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 Chain O’Lakes, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles, 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. 15-16 or Nov. 29-30. Hunters may list up to two hunting partners for each hunt period and must list the hunter’s name when applying.

    Military and National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Deer: 

    • Properties participating include Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Big Oaks NWR, and Muscatatuck NWR. A variety of hunt types (firearms, primitive, 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 firearms deer hunt for youth Sept. 25-26. Drawn hunters must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older.

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

    Pheasant:

    • Hunters will be able to choose from a variety of dates during the timeframe of Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Hunters will be assigned to a property. Drawn hunters may bring two hunting partners with them. Youth hunting opportunities will also be available. Additional information will be available in the upcoming months.

    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.

Additional Hunting Opportunities

    Deer:

    • Tern Bar Slough WDCA will be hosting an in-person draw at Sugar Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) on July 31 at 11 a.m. ET. Doors will open at 9 a.m. ET for participants to purchase licenses, if needed, and register for the draw. The office address is 2310 E State Road 364, Winslow, IN 47598. Please contact Sugar Ridge FWA at 812-789-2724 for additional information.
    • Big Walnut Natural Area will be hosting an in-person draw for archery-only deer hunting. The draw will be held at 9 a.m. ET on July 27 in the north parking lot of North Putnam High School: 8905 N County Road 250 E, Roachdale, IN 46172. Contact Andrew Reuter at AReuter@dnr.IN.gov or 317-234-8944 for additional information.
    • Portland Arch Nature Preserve will be hosting an in-person draw for archery-only deer hunting. The draw will be held at 1 p.m. ET on July 27 in the parking lot next to the tennis courts at Fountain Central High School: 750 East US Highway 136, Veedersburg, IN 47987. Contact Andrew Reuter at AReuter@dnr.IN.gov or 317-234-8944 for additional information.

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