Reserved Hunt Information

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Basics

What do I need to apply?

  • A valid hunting license for the species you intend to hunt for that season/equipment.
  • A valid email address for confirmation of application submission.

How do I know if my application is complete?

  • You will receive a confirmation email to the email address provided.
  • After you have submitted your application, PRINT or SAVE your confirmation page. Once you have applied, you can double-check by logging back into the reserved hunt system. If a hunt choice is still in the drop-down box, 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.

Other important information

  • Once you have submitted your hunt application, you cannot change it. If you need to update your contact information, log into the reserved hunt system and update it. All reserved hunt draw results will be posted online no later than two weeks after the deadline has passed.

Hunts currently taking applications or opening soon

State Park Deer Reduction Draw Hunts

  • Applications will be accepted online from mid-July to Aug. 20, 2018.
  • Applicants must possess any valid license to take a deer in Indiana at the time of the application, not including apprentice licenses.
  • Applicants must be Indiana residents (or possess a valid lifetime license to take deer in Indiana), 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.
  • Primary applicants can apply by themselves or with up to two secondary applicants (buddies). There is no preference in the draw based on whether it is an application with buddies or not. You must apply with your buddies’ information on your application in order for them to participate. This includes deer license number and date of birth.
  • The secondary applicants must still meet all age, residency, and licensing requirements of the State Parks deer reduction hunts as described above.
  • Each applicant may appear on only one application per hunt period.
  • A person’s name can be included only one time per hunt period (Early or Late), as either an applicant or a buddy. Each buddy can be listed on only one application per hunt period.
  • It is critical that thorough and valid contact information be included on the application for both primary and secondary applicants. If successfully drawn, key information regarding the reductions may be sent to you using this contact information.
  • Firearm hunts include any firearm legal to take deer on public land in Indiana. Archery hunts include any archery equipment legal to take deer in Indiana, including crossbows.
  • 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 DNR’s Division of State Parks at 317-232-4200.
  • Available state parks in 2018: Brown County State Park, Cave River Valley Natural Area, Chain O’ Lakes State Park, Clifty Falls State Park (archery only), Fort Harrison State Park (archery only), Harmonie State Park, Indiana Dunes State Park, Lincoln State Park, Ouabache State Park, Potato Creek State Park, Prophetstown State Park, Shades State Park, Shakamak State Park, Summit Lake State Park, Tippecanoe River State Park, Trine State Recreation Area (archery only), Turkey Run State Park, Versailles State Park, and Whitewater Memorial State Park.
  • Early Hunt: Nov. 12-13, 2018. Late Hunt: Nov. 26-27, 2018.

Dove Draw Hunts

  • Applications are accepted online July 1 through July 28, 2018.
  • Properties: Atterbury, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, J.E. Roush Lake, Willow Slough, Blue Grass and Winamac fish & wildlife areas.
  • If selected, you may bring one licensed hunting partner.
  • You must use non-toxic shot at all DNR Fish & Wildlife Areas and DNR Reservoir properties.

Youth Deer Hunts

  • Applications are accepted online July 1 through Aug. 21, 2018.
  • Youth must be 17 or younger on the hunt date and accompanied by a mentor, defined as a licensed hunter, 18 years or older. The mentor is not eligible to hunt or carry a firearm for this hunt

Deer Hunts on Fish & Wildlife Areas

  • Applications are accepted online July 1 through Aug. 21, 2018.
  • Each drawn hunter is allowed to bring one buddy to the hunt.  The buddy does not have to be named at the time of the application for the hunt.
  • Properties: Deer Creek and Fairbanks Landing fish & wildlife areas; Tern Bar Slough Wildlife Diversity Conservation Area.

Military/refuge firearm deer hunts

  • Applications are accepted online July 1 through Aug. 21, 2018
  • Properties: Big Oaks NWR and Camp Atterbury JMTC

Military/refuge primitive deer hunts

  • Applications are accepted online July 1 through Aug. 21, 2018
  • Properties: Muscatatuck NWR, Big Oaks NWR, Camp Atterbury JMTC

Military/refuge archery deer hunts

  • Applications are accepted online July 1 through Aug. 21, 2018
  • Properties: Big Oaks NWR and Camp Atterbury JMTC

Military/refuge youth deer hunts

  • Applications are accepted online July 1 through Aug. 21, 2018
  • Properties: Muscatatuck NWR

Youth Pheasant Hunts

  • Applications are accepted online July 1 through Sept. 27, 2018.
  • Youth must be 17 or younger on the hunt date and accompanied by a mentor, defined as a licensed hunter, 18 years or older. The mentor is not eligible to hunt or carry a firearm for this hunt

Pheasant Hunts

  • Applications are accepted online July 1 through Sept. 27, 2018.
  • Hunt dates and game bird areas are chosen by random drawing.
  • Applicants must possess any valid license to take pheasants in Indiana at the time of the application.
  • Each drawn hunter is allowed to bring two buddies to the hunt.  Buddies does not have to be named at the time of the application for the hunt. If drawn, three (3) total hunters are allowed and, of course, one must be the individual drawn. Extra individuals (i.e. dog handlers, observers, photographers, etc.) are legally viewed as hunters and are not allowed. Youth hunting parties must include the youth drawn plus an adult at least 18 years of age. The third hunting partner can be either an adult or youth.

Put and Take Pheasant Hunts

  • Put and Take pheasant hunt reservations can be made starting at 5 am (ET) on September 1, 2018.
  • Applicants must possess any valid license to take pheasants in Indiana at the time of the application.

APPLE (Access Program Providing Land Enhancements) Game Bird Hunts

  • Applications are accepted online Aug. 13 through Sept. 23, 2018.
  • APPLE properties are privately owned and offered through the Grasslands for Gamebirds and Songbirds program.
  • Hunters may apply for one hunt date. Successfully drawn hunters will be assigned an APPLE property. This year’s APPLE properties are located in northern Indiana.
  • Successfully drawn hunters may bring up to two hunting partners with them on their hunt.
  • Quail, pheasant and woodcock hunting is permitted on APPLE properties.

Waterfowl draw hunts

  • Applications online Sept. 1-23
  • Properties are Brookville and Monroe lakes, Goose Pond, LaSalle, Hovey, Kankakee, Kingsbury, and Willow Slough fish & wildlife areas, and Province Pond Wetland Conservation Area.
  • Participants must have a party of three hunters to hunt Monroe Lake. On all other properties, hunters must be accompanied by at least one but no more than two other hunters.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When I enter my license number and date of birth, the system doesn’t recognize me.
Q:The system is asking me to place an order for a draw hunt application but there is no cost.
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 on the Hunt Registration page. 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 "Customer Lookup Failed." What do I do now?
Q: There are no results listed under my name for a hunt. What do I do now?