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REGISTRATIONS AND PERMITS
I found a sick, injured, orphaned, nuisance or deceased animal on my property and want it removed. Does DNR provide this service?
Please visit our website for information regarding nuisance animals. For concerns about domesticated animals, such as cats and dogs, contact your county’s local Animal Control shelter.
Is there someone I can talk to regarding the behavior and handling of some of the wildlife around my property, such as geese and other waterfowl?
DNR employs 15 district wildlife biologists who can answer questions and offer advice regarding the wildlife in your area. Contact information is available through DNR’s web site.
Can I apply for special hunts online? (Applications are online only)
Yes. The application process is found on the DNR website by clicking here.
What if I have not purchased my 2012 Hunting License yet?
You can purchase your license online at IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov
I applied for participation in a special hunt. How do I know if I’ve been selected?
Once selections have been made, results will be posted at http://www.wildlife.in.gov/, indicating whether you have been chosen to participate in the special hunt. Postcards will NOT be mailed to you. You may contact DNR’s Customer Service Center at (317) 232-4200 or toll-free at (877) 463-6367.
How can my property become a Check Station during the deer hunting season?
You must contact your local law enforcement office for information on how to become a Check Station. Contact information can be found through the DNR website at: http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/.
Animals and birds may not be hunted from, by, or with the aid of any motor-driven conveyance (vehicle or boat) except by authorized persons with a disabilities hunting permit; to check traps that are lawfully set and maintained; to hunt waterfowl from a motorboat if the boat is beached, resting at anchor, tied to a stationary object, or otherwise without motion except as provided by wind, water current or hand-operated oars or paddles; or to hunt any animal (except furbearers) from a motorboat, provided the boat is not under power derived from the motor. It is illegal to hunt furbearers from any boat. It is illegal to ride an off-road vehicle with a loaded firearm unless permitted with a valid concealed carry permit. If you do not have a valid concealed carry permit, the firearm must be encased or made inoperative with a trigger lock. Additionally, it is illegal to spotlight any wild animal from a vehicle while possessing any firearm, bow, or crossbow.
How do I purchase a youth hunting license?
A youth hunting license may be purchased on the DNR Web site. As you go through the process, the youth hunting licenses can be found under the “Combo” category. If you are needing to obtain an apprentice youth license, choose the "Apprentice" category. You may also obtain a youth hunting license by contacting DNR’s Customer Service Center at (317) 232-4200 or toll-free at (877) 463-6367.
I have lost my hunting/fishing license. How do I get a replacement?
Replacement licenses may be obtained at a cost of $3 by going online or by calling DNR’s Customer Service Center at 317-232-4200 or toll-free at 877-463-6367.
Licenses issued by the DNR may be revoked at the discretion of a court upon conviction of fish and wildlife law violations, or at the discretion of the department for non-compliance with conditions under which licenses are issued.
Equipment such as guns and vehicles used in violation of fish and wildlife laws may be seized for evidence, and upon conviction, confiscated at the discretion of the court.
Lifetime comprehensive hunting and fishing licenses cover all Indiana hunting and fishing licenses and stamps.
What if my lifetime license is lost, stolen or destroyed?
If your license is lost, stolen or destroyed, you should notify the DNR immediately. A lifetime license affidavit for replacement can be found online; you can also contact us with all inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us at (317) 232-4200. Upon the return of the affidavit, we will issue a replacement license. There is no cost for the replacement.
Does someone under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 need to purchase a fishing or hunting license?
A hunting license is not required for an individual who is less than 13 years old, does not possess a bow or firearm, and who is accompanied by a person who is at least 18 years of age and holds a valid hunting license. However, children age 17 and younger who will possess a bow or firearm or will not be accompanied by a person over the age of 18 must obtain a youth hunting license, unless hunting during the free youth hunting days designated by the director each fall. Children who are nonresidents and under the age of 18 may purchase a resident youth hunting license if the child has a parent, grandparent or legal guardian who is a resident of Indiana. Hunters age 65 or older must obtain the appropriate hunting license.
A fishing license and trout and salmon stamp are NOT required for individuals under the age of 18 or for Indiana residents who were born before April 1, 1943. Anglers born before April 1, 1943 should carry their driver’s license or other identification verifying their age and residency. For more information on license requirements, visit DNR’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Do I need a license to hunt on my property?
If you meet the following exemptions, then you do not need a license to hunt your own property. Exemptions: Landowners or lessees of farmland who farm that land and are residents of Indiana are not required to obtain a permit while hunting, fishing, or trapping on the land they own or lease. A license is also NOT required for the landowner’s or lessee’s spouse or children living with them. This license exemption does not apply to land owned by a business, corporation or partnership unless the shareholders, partners, members or owners are comprised solely of the members of an immediate family who farm that land.
What sort of documentation do I need to apply for a Nursery Dealer’s license?
Information on how to obtain a Nursery Dealer’s license may be found on DNR’s Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology web page at the following link: The Nursery Dealer’s license annual fee is $50.00. The fee must be submitted with your application.
Where can I find the Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide?
The most recent edition of the Indiana Hunting and Trapping Guide may be found here. You may also request one be sent to you by mail by calling DNR’s Customer Service Center at 317-232-4200 or toll-free at 877-463-6367.
How can I subscribe to Outdoor Indiana magazine?
You may subscribe to receive the complete Outdoor Indiana magazine by mail or you may view abbreviated electronic versions of the publication at: OutdoorIndiana.org. You may also subscribe by calling DNR at 317-233-3046.
Can I purchase Annual Permits online?
Yes. Visit http://www.innsgifts.com/ on the DNR web site. You’ll find the link for Annual Permits in the left-hand column of the page.
What do I need to get a new registration for my ATV or snowmobile? What do you accept as a bill of sale?
To obtain a new ATV or snowmobile registration, you must complete a form and submit it to DNR’s Customer Service Center for processing. Forms are available online for download at https://secure.in.gov/apps/dnr/snow_atv/. You may also contact DNR’s Customer Service Center at 317-232-4200 or toll-free at 877-463-6367 to request a form by sent to you by mail, or visit the Customer Service Center in person at the Indiana Government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Room W160A. ATV and Snowmobile licenses cannot be purchased through retail outlets. An acceptable bill of sale would include a copy of the purchasing receipt if acquired from an ATV or Snowmobile commercial vendor.
DNR accepts the following as Proof of Ownership of Off-Road Vehicle:
How long will it take to receive my ATV registration?
Generally, ATV registrations take approximately one to two business days to process once they are received by the DNR Customer Service Center. However, if the application is incomplete in some way, or if our agents must perform additional research, then extra time may be needed to complete the process.
For Off-Road/ Snowmobile Questions, please email: CSCinquiry@dnr.in.gov