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Hunting in Indiana: 6 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 03:17 PM

White-tailed deer, waterfowl, red fox and game birds abound in Indiana’s forests and near its waterways, and the abundant wildlife make the state a popular place to hunt.

However, before prospective hunters hit the trail in search of game, before they don their camouflage, and before they even pull the firearms out of the closet, there is the obligatory hunting license. They keep people safe, aid in regulation and conservation, and raise money for the state.

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When hunting in Indiana, there are six things to know before applying for a hunting permit for adults.

1. Obtain the Proper Hunting License
A valid hunting license, together with applicable species stamps, from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is required for hunting any animal on public or private land in Indiana. That includes everything from raccoons to bucks, crows to turkeys.

2. Hunter Education
Anyone born in or after 1987 is required to take a hunter education course prior to purchasing a license. The class takes around 10 hours, covers hunter safety, firearms and conservation and locations can be found online on the Register Ed website.

3. Residential Licenses

In order to qualify for a residential license, prospective hunters must have lived in Indiana for at least 60 days in a row with no residential license for any other state. Nearly everyone else must purchase a non-resident license.

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4. Costs
As of 2015, license fees range from $17 for an annual resident small game license to $295 for a deer license bundle for non-residents. A turkey license is $25 for residents, $120 for non-residents, and waterfowl and game bird habitat stamp privileges are $6.75.

5. License Exemptions

Farmers who work and live on their own land may hunt on their property without a license. Active duty military personnel stationed in Indiana, even if they’re not residents, may hunt with a resident license. An apprentice license for residents and non-residents can be purchased up to three times without having to take a hunter education course.

6. Trapping

Furbearer trapping requires a separate license but allows hunters to capture species such as raccoon, red or grey fox, skunk, muskrat and long-tailed weasel using approved traps during trapping seasons.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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