NRC seeks input on proposed deer hunting changes

Feb. 3—The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has opened a public comment period for proposed changes to Indiana's deer hunting rules before they vote on final adoption of the proposed changes. Most proposed changes intend to simplify Indiana's deer hunting rules to make them easier to understand.

Public comments can be submitted online at via the "Comment on this rule" link in the Rulemaking Docket for the Deer Hunting Amendments. Comments can also be mailed to: Natural Resources Commission, Indiana Government Center North, 100 North Senate Ave. Room N103, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

The deadline for public comments is March 20. A public hearing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the Garrison at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. Individuals may attend in person or online anytime during the timeframe. To attend the public hearing, go to Microsoft Teams and enter Meeting ID: 296 491 887 327, Passcode: xTCuyW.

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Proposed changes include:

A statewide bag limit of six antlerless deer.

A newly created County Antlerless Bag Limit instead of season antlerless bag limits. Because of the change, the bonus antlerless license would be the multiple-season antlerless license which could be used in the archery, muzzleloader, and firearms seasons.

Hunters would not be able to harvest an antlerless deer on Fish & Wildlife properties with a firearm.

The use of crossbow equipment would be allowed with the archery license.

The minimum caliber for a muzzleloader would be reduced from 0.44 inches to 0.40 inches.

If a deer is unfit for human consumption, DNR staff would be able to issue an authorization to take an antlerless deer in its place and the deer will not count toward the statewide bag limit or county limit.

Adding the deer Reduction Zones and County Antlerless Bag Limits.

Removing the Special Antlerless Firearms season.

For more information on the proposed rule changes, visit Any questions about the proposed deer rule changes should be directed to 812-334-3795 or to the deer hotline at:

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