Deer Hunting in Indiana

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  • A
  • N/A

    Est. Whitetail Population

  • 200,000

    No. Licenses Sold Annually

  • $41

    Resident hunting license and deer permit

  • $181-295

    Non-resident hunting license and deer permit

  • 195 5/8"

    Taken by Dave Roberts in 1985.

    Record B&C Typical Stat

  • 467

    Total B&C Typical Entries

  • 303 7/8"

    Taken by Timothy J. Beck in Huntington County in 2012, and is ranked No. 6 of all time.

    Record B&C Non-Typical Stat

  • 272

    Record B&C Non-Typical Entries

A big buck taken by a young Tristin Scudder. (Photo courtesy of Tristin Scudder)

Season Dates (2019):

Archery season runs October 1 to January 5. Firearms season runs November 16 to December 1. Muzzleloader is set for December 7 to 22. The reduction zone season will be September 15 to January 31. Youth season will run September 28 to 29. Lastly, the special antlerless firearm season will last from December 26 to January 5. These are the dates set when published, please check the state DNR's website to confirm.

The Grade: A

Indiana opened a few eyes with its "A" grade a couple years back. Well, those eyes should remain wide open because the Hoosier State has earned it again. Indiana has a quality mix. Lots of deer. Plenty of Booners entered. Good chunks of public land. And let's not forget nonresident licenses that are available over-the-counter at bargain rates.

The state's one-buck rule seems to be paying off as more than a dozen bucks in both the typical and non-typical categories have been entered into the Boone & Crockett records from Indiana over the past two seasons. This state is trending upward in the record books. A lot of big deer are coming out of the state.

Antler Nation Knowledge:

Most of the best deer hunting is along the Ohio River. The southern and eastern part of the state has a lot of great habitat for deer. That's where a lot of the big boys are coming from. Scout public land in those areas for the best results.

Indiana Harvests

  • Tim Bailey

    IN, Indiana

  • Kyle Murr

    Franklin , Indiana

From the Realtree Trophy Den