Hunting & Trapping Tips for Indiana

The opportunity to hunt on private wooded land in Indiana is a privilege that hunters hold in very high regard. It’s important to remember that each landowner may have different rules, requirements and instructions. Respecting the property owner’s wishes is important for more than just your chance to fill the freezer or the opportunity to bag a wall-hanger…it’s about safety & responsibility. Right out of the gate, especially with a new landowner or a wooded property you are hunting for the first time, get started on the right foot by building rapport and trust. Get a signed permission to hunt form at a minimum and here are a few tips to develop a long lasting hunting paradise that you can enjoy for years to come:

  • Offer to help maintain the property throughout the year (pick up trash)
  • Try mailing a letter to a landowner when asking permission to hunt
  • After the season is over, send a handwritten thank you note
  • Share in the harvest (who doesn’t like venison sausage, quail or pheasant?!?)
  • Make suggestions for improving safety
  • Communicate with neighboring landowners that you will be hunting
  • Let those around you know your location in the event of an accident
  • Never hunt private property without permission

Hunting on private property in Indiana

Learning the hunting laws, license requirements (deer, turkey, coyote, upland game birds, etc) and out of season rules well in advance of hunting season is a good idea for every hunter. Many people have questions related to Indiana code 35-47-2-1 as it pertains to hunting with a handgun without a license – when in doubt, always consult the local DNR Conservation Officer for clarification.

Last but not least, be safe out there!


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