Rifles can increase the participation of teens and adult deer, which will help increase MNR`s budget. The use of infrared sensors or electronic deer calls to locate or take deer is illegal. It is also illegal to hunt or retrieve deer using an infrared sensor or to hunt deer in the presence of an electronic deer call. Recent legislation legalizing certain rifles for deer hunting, which begins later this year in Indiana, has led to questions about the calibers and cartridges allowed under the new law. “We`re currently working on a yes or no list of certain cartridges that will be legal and illegal under the new law,” Bloom said. Other legal cartridges running HEA 1231 include, but are not limited to, the 6mm-06, 6mm BR Remington, 6mm PPC, 6mm Remington, .240 Weatherby, .243 Winchester, .243 Winchester Super Short Magnum, .30 Carabiner, .30 Herrett, .30 Remington AR, .30-06 Springfield, .30-30 Winchester, .30-40 Krag, .300 AAC Blackout (.300 Whisper), .300 H&H Magnum, .300 Remington Short Action Ultra Magnum, .300 Savage, .300 Weatherby Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, .300 Winchester Short Magnum, .300 Remington Ultra Magnum, .308 Marlin, .308 Winchester, 7.62x39mm and 7.62x54mmR. Some hunters fear that the addition of rifles will further reduce the state`s deer herd. Unless exempted (see Licence Information), a person must have a signed or digital deer hunt, a hunt or trap for young residents, a full hunt for life, or a full hunting and fishing licence for life if they hunt deer on public or private lands. With the exception of the deer hunting licence, the full lifetime hunting licence and the hunting and trapping licence for young residents, only one deer may be taken per deer hunting licence. See the tables under Deer Seasons, Licences and Equipment for a summary of deer seasons, licences, catch limits and equipment requirements. INDIANA (WFIE) – The Department of Natural Resources has clarified a recent law that legalizes certain rifles for deer hunting in Indiana during the 2016 season. Everything else, including (but not limited to) .270 Winchester, .35, .257 Roberts and .7mm Mag, remains illegal.
Yes, you read that right. Thanks to a new law signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence in March, some hunters will have to go to their local gun store if they want to use a rifle in the upcoming deer season. Guns are now legal for deer hunting in Indiana. Scratch that. Some rifle cartridges are now legal for deer hunting in Indiana. Beat that too.243 and .30 caliber rifles with a drop length of at least 1.16 inches and barrels greater than 16 inches are now legal for deer hunting in Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources came up with the idea of legalizing rifles for deer hunting in 2014. The agency allowed athletes to comment on it via the agency`s website, and DNR spokesman Phil Bloom said most of the 400 comments about rifles for deer hunting were for her.
However, when MNR held public hearings and Hunters had the opportunity to raise the issue before the Commission, there was little consensus. Rifles with pistol cartridges, which were allowed in previous years, can still be used to hunt deer on private and public land. Deer may only be transported with a handgun in accordance with MNR regulations and only during firearms season, with muzzle-loading handguns only being used during front-loading seasons and in deer reduction areas if and where local regulations permit. The new law is set to expire after the 2020 deer season, when MNR submits an impact assessment report to the Governor and the General Assembly. Tree populations can be used to hunt deer during all deer hunting seasons. It is illegal to erect or hunt a blind permanent tree on land leased by the State or the State. Portable tree populations can be used on state- or state-leased land, U.S. Forest Service lands, and lands in Muscatatuck, Patoka River, and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuges. Tree populations can only be left overnight from September 15 at noon to January 10. A wooded deer must have at least one antler at least three inches long. Certain restrictions apply to wildlife reduction area permits on MNR-managed properties.
Please contact the property you would like to search for more information. The deer permit package is valid for all deer seasons, with the exception of the discount zone season. Additional cartridges that are legal under HEA 1231 include, but are not limited to: The deer license package allows a person to harvest up to three deer (two antlerless and one of both sexes) with a single permit. A wood deer harvested with the deer permit package counts up to the limit of one person`s aer deer for the national season. Hunters are required to register their harvested deer within 48 hours of their slaughter. This can be done in one of three ways: it is illegal to use dogs or other pets to take deer. Dogs can only be used on a leash to pursue or pursue injured deer. No cartridge with a bullet diameter between .243 and .308 is legal (like the .270 Winchester); A hunter can have no more than 10 cartridges of this type in the field. Deer reduction zones may be modified annually at the discretion of the MNR Director based on deer population management requirements. Please visit deer.dnr.IN.gov to see an up-to-date map and zoning descriptions. To the extent permitted by local regulations, legal archery equipment for deer hunting can be used in reduction areas from September 15, 2022 to January 31, 2023.
“It didn`t make sense for us to be limited to a shotgun during deer season, but the day after the season ends, we can take a rifle and hunt coyotes and other game,” says Arnold, an avid deer hunter.