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The DNR offers several different reserved hunts each year. Listed below is general information about the hunts and the registration process. Please note: specific information about the hunts are subject to change. Information will be updated on this page as it becomes available and you can subscribe to this page by clicking the "Subscribe for e-mail updates" link at the top of the page and you will receive an email when this page is updated. You can also sign up for Wild Bulletin to receive emails with the latest information regarding reserved hunts, and other important fish and wildlife information.

Register for a Reserved Hunt

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Important information about reserved hunts

  • An applicant must possess a valid hunting license for the species they intend hunt in order to apply for the hunt.
  • Once you have submitted your application for a hunt, you cannot change your application. If you need to update your contact information, please log back into the reserved hunt system and update your contact information.
  • After you have submitted your application, PRINT or SAVE your confirmation page. You should also receive a confirmation email, if you have provided a valid email address. (Check your junk mail folder).
  • Once you have applied, you can double check by logging back into the reserved hunt system. If you log back into the reserved hunt system and a hunt choice is still in the drop-down box, which means you did not successfully apply. The system will not allow you to apply for the same hunt more than once. So, if the hunt shows up in your drop-down box, then you need to apply. 
  • All reserved hunt draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline has passed.

Having Problems Registering? See FAQs about the reserved hunt system at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming Hunts

2014 Wild Turkey Draw Hunt

Draw results posted

  • Applications accepted online Jan. 31 - March 24, 2014
  • Turkey hunts offered at:
    • Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge: Apr 23-24, 25-26, 27-28, and 29-30.
    • Aukiki Wetland Conservation Area, Deer Creek FWA, Glendale FWA, J.E. Roush FWA, Jasper-Pulaski FWA, Kingsbury FWA, LaSalle FWA, Mississinewa Reservoir, Pigeon River FWA, Salamonie Reservoir, Tri-County FWA, Willow Slough FWA, and Winimac FWA: April 23-25, 26-27, 28-30, May 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-11.
    • Atterbury FWA, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Chinook FWA, Crosley FWA, Fairbanks Landing FWA, Hillenbrand FWA, Hovey Lake FWA, and Minnehaha FWA: Apr 23-25, 26-28.
    • Sugar Ridge FWA: April 23-25, 26-27.
  • Applicants are allowed to apply for one property, and choose from the available dates for that property.
  • On DNR FWAs and reservoir properties, successful applicants are not allowed to bring a hunting buddy, but may bring a non-hunting observer or assistant. At Muscatatuck, successful hunters may bring a buddy, but only the drawn hunter can hunt. At Big Oaks NWR, a buddy is required and the buddy can hunt. You don't need to register your buddy at the time you apply.

2014 Youth Turkey Hunt at Muscatatuck NWR

Draw results posted

  • Applications accepted online Jan. 31 - March 24, 2014.
  • Two-day hunt on April 19 and 20, 2014.
  • Youth 17 or younger on the day of the hunt can apply.
  • Results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Hunt application registrations not currently underway

Waterfowl Draw Hunt

  • Applications typically accepted online in Sept.
  • Applicants may choose up to five property and date combinations. Successful applicants will be chosen for one (or more) of their five property and date choices.

Put-and-take Pheasant Hunts

  • Hunts are available online beginning Sept. 1 and they are first-come, first-served
  • Hunters can select the date, property, and area for the hunt.
  • PRINT your confirmation page once you submit your reservation(s). You will also receive a confirmation email once your reservation(s) have been successfully submitted. 
  • No refunds will be given.

Fairbanks Landing FWA Deer Hunt

  • Applications typically accepted online in Aug.
  • Only the opening weekend of the deer firearms season is reserved at Fairbanks Landing FWA
  • Successful applicants may NOT bring a hunting partner.

Dove Draw Hunt

  • Applications typically accepted online July 1
  • Don't forget, hunters must possess a Game Bird Habitat Stamp when hunting doves (those that have lifetime comprehensive hunting licenses or resident youth hunt/trap licenses do not need to purchase the stamp, since it's included in those licenses).
  • Non-toxic shot is required at all DNR properties, including reservoir properties.
  • Applicants may choose the property, but dates (typically Sept. 1 or 2, except at Bluegrass FWA) will be assigned to successful applicants.
  • Successful applicants may bring one hunting partner.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Military/Refuge Firearm Deer Draw Hunt

  • Applications typically accepted online July 1.
  • Applicants do not have to enter their hunting partner’s information online and do not choose dates (dates are randomly assigned). Successful applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.
  • **Any military area deer hunt may be canceled or rescheduled upon short notice. No hunt fee refunds will be given if a hunt is canceled or rescheduled.
  • Handguns are not permitted on any military area.
  • Successful applicants will receive more information regarding their hunt once the draw results are posted. There will be a link to a document with the information. 
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Military/Refuge Archery Deer Draw Hunt

  • Applications typically accepted online July 1.
  • Applicants do not have to enter their hunting partner’s information online and do not choose dates (dates are randomly assigned). Successful applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.
  • **Any military area deer hunt may be canceled or rescheduled upon short notice. No hunt fee refunds will be given if a hunt is canceled or rescheduled.
  • Handguns are not permitted on any military area.
  • Successful applicants will receive more information regarding their hunt once the draw results are posted. There will be a link to a document with the information. 
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply

State Park Deer Reduction Draw Hunt

  • Applications typically accepted online July 1.
  • Applicants are allowed to apply for themselves, and as many as two hunting partners.
  • If applicants wish to apply with a hunting partner(s), the primary applicant must have their partner’s hunting license number and date of birth when applying. Applicants must be 18 years of age by the date of the first hunt, and must possess the proper licenses to hunt deer in order to apply. Once you have submitted your application online, you cannot change your information.
  • Each applicant may appear on only one application per hunt (i.e., you cannot be listed as a primary applicant AND a partner for the same hunt).
  • Preference will be given to those who have successfully completed a Hunter Education course. Hunter Education or International Bowhunter Education courses are required for archery hunts (Clifty Falls and Fort Harrison).
  • For successful applicants, deer harvested at a State Park Reduction Hunt are in addition to regular deer-season bag limits. You do not need to purchase additional licenses to harvest deer if participating in the reduction hunt. For questions regarding State Park Deer Reduction Hunts, please contact State Parks and Reservoirs at (317) 232-4200.

Pheasant Draw Hunt

  • Applications typically accepted online July 1.
  • Applicants do not choose a property, only a date. Properties are assigned to successful applicants.
  • **Pheasant draw hunts are held at Game Bird Habitat Areas, which are located in Benton, Newton and White counties.
  • If you are selected to hunt at a Game Bird Area, you must fill out and return the survey form supplied, even if you do not show up on the day of the hunt. If you do not return the survey form, you may jeopardize your participation in future hunts.
  • Successful applicants may bring up to two hunting partners.

Deer Creek FWA Deer Hunt

  • Applications typically accepted online July 1.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt deer in order to apply.
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.
  • Results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Deer Creek FWA Rabbit and Quail Hunt

  • Applications typically accepted online July 1.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt small game in order to apply.
  • Applicants can choose up to three hunt dates. All hunts are one-day hunts, Saturday only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.

FAQs about the reserved draw hunt system

Q: When I enter my license number and date of birth, the system doesn’t recognize me.
Q: I get the error message “You have attempted to submit a form twice. Please click this URL to continue.”
Q: I don’t know if I have applied for a hunt.  How do I verify?
Q: Will the system allow me to register for the same hunt more than once?
Q: I entered my license number and date-of-birth, but I don’t see any hunts in the drop-down list.  What do I do?
Q: When will the results for the hunts be posted?
Q: Where do I find out if I was drawn for a hunt?
Q: I tried to view my draw results and I got the message "No Records Found." What do I do now?
Q: There are no results listed under my name for a hunt. What do I do now?