DO I NEED A HUNTING LICENSE TO HUNT WITHIN THE STATE OF INDIANA?
Yes. A Hunting License is different from a Hunter Education Certificate and is required for any person who hunts any game animal within the state. This includes both residents and non-residents. Varying licenses must be purchased and carried depending on the hunter’s age, residency, and the type of game being hunted. Certain exceptions may apply depending on the game animal being hunted. For more information on Indiana, hunting licenses visit the Indiana DNR website.
WHAT ARE THE INDIANA TAGGING REQUIREMENTS?
Certain game animals must be tagged after they’re taken, including big game animals such as deer. It’s important for hunters to understand the tagging and/or harvest reporting requirements for the game animal they’re hunting, and to ensure that the animal is tagged and reported properly.
Immediately after taking a deer, the hunter is required to complete a temporary paper tag that states their name, address, sex of the deer, and their hunting license number, in addition to the day and month of the kill.
The tag does not need to be attached to the carcass while the deer is being moved from the hunting area, and long as the hunter is carrying the tag with the required information, however, the hunter must remain with the deer at all times. If the hunter leaves the deer, the tag must be attached to the carcass.
Any hunter who harvests a deer is required to report the harvest within 48 hours. The deer harvest can be reported via phone, or by calling 1-800-419-1236, or by finding a check station or license retailer who can enter the information through the CheckIN Game System. Upon registering the deer the hunter will be issued a confirmation.