Turkey Hunting in Indiana

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  • 110,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Easterns

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 278,322

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • $31.75

    Spring turkey permit and game bird habitat stamp privilege.

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • $126.75

    Spring turkey permit and game bird habitat stamp privilege.

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Indiana has some turkeys to hunt, roughly 110,000 according to current National Wild Turkey Federation estimates (down 20,000 from last year's updated post).

The state has huntable turkey populations, though recent brood production numbers have been poor to limited.

Also, public-land hunting opportuntities are fewer than in other states.

So, in Indiana's defense, game management strategies are adjusted accordingly. As is often the case, hunting issues and wildlife numbers are about habitat.

Here at Turkey Hunting Nation, we imagine spring gobbler opportunities are acceptable for state residents, but not all that appealing otherwise.

Public-land hunting opportunities prevail in northwestern, southcentral and southwestern Indiana.

Hunting is open statewide, though somewhat scarce in certain locations outside of these regions.

Current Indiana "fair chase" regulations include:

While hunting wild turkey, it is illegal to use or possess: a dog; another domesticated animal; a live decoy; a recorded call; an electronically powered or controlled decoy; or bait. An area is considered baited for 10 days after the removal of the bait and affected soil, but an area is not considered to be baited that is attractive to wild turkeys resulting from normal agricultural practices.

While we think this Midwestern state has some potential, it's not all that appealing to a traveling turkey hunter. 

Shot Size

As of this writing, Indiana's wild turkeys can only be hunted with a 10-, 12-, 16- or 20-gauge shotgun loaded with pellets of size No. 4, 5, 6, 7 or 7½. Nontoxic shot is required while hunting turkey on some DNR properties. Call the property for additional information.

A muzzleloading shotgun not smaller than 20-gauge and not larger than 10-gauge, loaded with pellets of size No. 4, 5, 6, 7 or 7½. Combination loads using shot sizes other than these are illegal.

– Steve Hickoff

Turkey Hunting in Indiana (c) Tes Randle Jolly photo

Indiana Turkey Hunting Regulations

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