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When do yearly licenses expire?

All annual licenses and stamp privileges are valid from April 1 of the current year through March 31 of the following year. (Example: An annual license from 2018 would be valid from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019). Other licenses are valid only during the season for that animal as established in the Indiana Administrative Code (312 IAC 9).

Resident licenses

License categoryLicense nameFeeApprentice license available?
Combination LicensesHunting & Fishing$25Yes
Youth Consolidated Hunt/Trap1$7Yes
FishingAnnual Fishing$17 
One-day Fishing (includes Trout/Salmon)$9 
Annual Senior Fishing2$3 
Senior Fish-for-Life2$17 
Voluntary Senior Annual Fishing3$3 
Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege$11 
HuntingAnnual Hunting$17Yes
Deer License Bundle4$65Yes
Deer Archery (Archery Season)$24Yes
Deer Crossbow (Archery Season)$24Yes
Deer Firearm (Buck Only – Firearms Season)$24Yes
Deer Military/Refuge (federal military and national wildlife refuges only)$24Yes
Deer Muzzleloader (Muzzleloader Season only)$24Yes
Deer Reduction Zone (Reduction Zones only)$24Yes
Deer First Bonus Antlerless$24Yes
Deer - Second and Additional Resident Bonus Antlerless Deer License only5$15Yes
Spring Turkey$25Yes
Fall Turkey$25Yes
Hunting Stamp PrivilegesWaterfowl Stamp Privilege$6.75 
Game Bird Habitat Stamp Privilege$6.75 
TrappingAnnual Trapping$17 
Disabled American VeteransHunting & Fishing (does not include deer or turkey)$2.75 
 10-Year DAV Hunting & Fishing (does not include deer or turkey)$27.50 

Non-resident licenses

License categoryLicense nameFeeApprentice license available?
FishingAnnual Fishing$35 
One-day Fishing (includes Trout/Salmon)$9 
Seven-day Fishing$20 
Trout/Salmon Stamp Privilege$11 
HuntingAnnual Hunting$80Yes
Youth Annual Hunting$17Yes
Five-day Hunting$31Yes
Deer License Bundle4$295Yes
Deer Archery (Archery Season)$150Yes
Deer Crossbow (Archery Season)$150Yes
Deer Firearm (Buck Only – Firearms Season)$150Yes
Deer Muzzleloader (Muzzleloader Season Only)$150Yes
Deer Military/Refuge (federal military and national wildlife refuges only)$150Yes
Deer Reduction Zone (Reduction Zones Only)$150Yes
Deer First Bonus Antlerless$150Yes
Deer Hunting - Second and Additional Non-Resident Bonus Antlerless Deer License only 5$24Yes
Youth Deer License Bundle$65Yes
Deer - Second and Additional Non-Resident Bonus Antlerless Deer License only5$24Yes
Youth Deer Archery (Archery Season)$24Yes
Youth Deer Crossbow (Archery Season)$24Yes
Youth Deer Firearm (Buck Only – Firearm Season)$24Yes
Youth Deer Military/Refuge (Federal military and national wildlife refuges only)$24Yes
Youth Deer Muzzleloader (Muzzleloader season)$24Yes
Youth Deer Reduction Zone (Reduction Zones Only)$24Yes
Youth Deer First Bonus Antlerless$24Yes
Youth Deer Second and Additional Bonus Antlerless 5$15Yes
Spring Turkey (Age 18 and up)$120Yes
Youth Spring Turkey$25Yes
Fall Turkey (Age 18 and up)$120Yes
Youth Fall Turkey$25Yes
Private Shooting Preserve$17Yes
Youth Private Shooting Preserve$7Yes
Hunting Stamp PrivilegesWaterfowl Stamp Privilege$6.75 
Game Bird Habitat Stamp Privilege$6.75 
TrappingAnnual Trapping$140 
Youth Annual Trapping$17 

A resident is an individual that has established a true fixed and permanent home and primary residence in Indiana for 60 consecutive days prior to purchasing a license or permit and not claim residency for hunting, trapping or fishing in another state or country. All others are nonresidents.

Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986 must successfully complete a DNR-offered hunter education class to purchase a hunting license. The Hunter Education Number (HED#) must be entered into the license system in order to purchase a hunting license that is not an apprentice version if the person was born after Dec. 31, 1986.

1 Youth consolidated hunt/trap licenses are for residents 17 or younger. All youth hunting licenses are valid for the designated license year, even if the individual turns 18 during that year, but the license must be purchased before the youth turns 18.

2 Indiana residents who are at least 64 years old AND were born after March 31, 1943 need to purchase a senior fishing license to fish in Indiana.  Both the Annual Senior Fishing and the Senior Fish-for-Life include the trout/salmon stamp. The Senior Fish-for-Life license is valid for the rest of the holder’s life.

3 Indiana residents who were born before April 1, 1943 are exempt from needing a fishing license when fishing in Indiana waters, but are able to purchase a Voluntary Senior Fishing License, which supports fisheries conservation and public access in Indiana.

4 The deer license bundle is one license that includes privileges to harvest two antlerless deer and one antlered deer or three antlerless deer. The deer license bundle cannot be used to satisfy deer reduction zone bag limits. The deer license bundle can be used in the special youth, archery, firearms, muzzleloader and special antlerless seasons.

5 A person must first purchase a Bonus Antlerless Deer License at the rate of $24 (residents) or $150 (non-residents) before purchasing the Second and any Additional Bonus Antlerless Deer Licenses at the reduced rate. No other deer license type counts towards the reduced price for the Second and any Additional Bonus Antlerless Licenses.

For more information about deer hunting licenses, go to www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/8367.htm

Apprentice hunting licenses

  • An apprentice hunter can be of any age.
  • An apprentice hunter can be a resident or non-resident.
  • Apprentice licenses allow individuals to experience hunting without having to take a hunter education class.
  • An individual can purchase no more than 3 apprentice hunting licenses during his/her lifetime.
  • An individual who is at least 18 years old and has a valid hunting license (or is exempt from needing a hunting license under state law) must be in close proximity and be able to communicate at all times with the apprentice hunter.  The individual who accompanies the apprentice hunter cannot accompany more than two apprentice hunters at one time while in the field.

Lost licenses and license reprints

Duplicate licenses can be purchased online. The cost of a reprint or duplicated license is $3 for each license purchased at a retailer.  You can reprint your license online for free up to five days after you purchased your license.

Non-resident hunting license exemptions

Indiana allows non-resident landowners, including their spouse and children living with them, to hunt on their own farmland in Indiana without a hunting license only if the state in which the person resides allows Indiana residents the same privilege. For Iowa residents that own farmland in Indiana and hunt on their farmland, you do not need a license for small game and furbearers, but are required to have a license to hunt deer and turkey. Ohio residents that own farmland in Indiana and hunt on their farmland are exempt from needing hunting licenses for any species. Virginia residents that own farmland in Indiana and hunt on their farmland are exempt from needing a license to hunt any species. Review other license exemptions.

Non-resident Youth

Non-resident youth 17 or younger must have a valid hunting license when hunting in Indiana. For example, a non-resident youth age 17 or younger must have a valid Non-resident Youth Annual Hunting License or Non-resident Youth 5-Day Hunting license to hunt waterfowl or squirrels in Indiana. Non-resident youth age 17 or younger may hunt, fish, or trap with a resident license if a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian is an Indiana resident. Non-resident youth are exempt from a state migratory waterfowl stamp and gamebird habitat stamp.

Lifetime Licenses

Lifetime licenses were discontinued on July 1, 2005. For those that have a lifetime license issued before that date, below are the lifetime license types and privileges they cover:

  • Basic Fishing: Covers the annual resident fishing license. Does not include the trout/salmon stamp privilege.
  • Basic Hunting: Covers the annual resident hunting license. Does not include stamp privileges, deer, or turkey licenses.
  • Comprehensive Fishing: Covers the annual resident fishing license and trout/salmon stamp privilege.
  • Comprehensive Hunting: Covers all required hunting licenses and stamps. Does not include the trapping license or federal duck stamp.
  • Comprehensive Hunting and Fishing: Includes all hunting and fishing licenses and stamp privileges covered by the comprehensive hunting and comprehensive fishing licenses. Does not include trapping.
  • Trapping: Covers the annual resident trapping license.