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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

Fairbanks Landing FWA Deer Hunt

  • Applications accepted online from 8/6/2014 to 9/29/2014.
  • Only the opening weekend of the deer firearms season is reserved at Fairbanks Landing FWA
  • Successful applicants may NOT bring a hunting partner. Bonus antlerless licenses may NOT be used during this hunt.
  • Results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

State Park Deer Reduction Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online 7/1/2014 – 8/25/2014.
  • Applicants must possess any valid license to take a deer in Indiana at the time of application.
  • 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 his or her partners’ hunting license number and date of birth when applying. 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.
  • 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).
  • Firearm hunts include any firearm legal to take deer in Indiana. Archery hunts include any archery equipment legal to take deer in Indiana.
  • 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 State Parks & Reservoirs at (317) 232-4200.
  • Available state parks: Brown County, Chain O'Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick's Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River and Whitewater Memorial.
  • Early Hunt: Nov. 17-18; Late Hunt: Dec. 1-2.

Youth Firearm Deer Hunt at Muscatatuck NWR

  • Applications accepted online 7/1/2014 – 8/25/2014.
  • Youth must be 15 or younger on the date of the hunt and accompanied by a mentor, defined as a licensed hunter, 18 or older. The mentor will not be eligible to hunt or carry a firearm for this hunt.
  • Hunt dates will be during the 2014 special youth deer season: Sept. 27, 28.
  • Successful hunters will be randomly assigned to either Sept. 27 or 28.
  • This is designated as a special youth hunt. Youth hunters may use their Youth license, military/refuge license, firearms license, or deer license bundle to participate in this youth deer hunt. Any deer taken with a youth license or military/refuge license will not count toward the youth’s statewide bag limit. Any deer taken with a firearms license or deer license bundle will count toward the youth’s statewide bag limit.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the application deadline.

Military/Refuge Firearm Deer Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online 7/1/2014 – 8/25/2014.
  • 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.
    • Available properties: Camp Atterbury JMTC, Muscatatuck NWR (muzzleloader only), Big Oaks NWR, Big Oaks NWR (primitive muzzleloader ONLY), Naval Support Activity, Crane (14 yrs. or older).
      **Any military area deer hunt may be canceled or rescheduled on 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.
  • Big Oaks Primitive Muzzleloader Definition:
    (a) Fire black powder or black powder substitute.
    (b) Have a traditional, external side-hammer design.
    (c) Be capable of being loaded only from the muzzle.
    (d) Have a caliber of at least .45.
    (e) Be loaded with a bullet at least four hundred forty-thousandths (.440) of an inch diameter.
    (f) Have an ignition system that is flintlock or caplock.
    (g) Use a lead round ball or lead conical bullet without plastic or other sabot.
    (h) Have traditional-style open sights (fixed or adjustable v-notched rear sight, buckhorn rear sight, metallic rear peep sight, and post or blade front sight).
    (i) Not have telescopic or other sights that incorporate glass or electronics.

Military/Refuge Archery Deer Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online 7/1/2014 – 8/25/2014.
  • 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.
    • Available property: Big Oaks NWR
      **Any military area deer hunt may be canceled or rescheduled on 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.

Pheasant Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online 7/1/2014 to 9/29/2014.
  • Applicants do not choose a property, only a date. Properties are assigned to successful applicants.
    • Available dates for 2014: Nov. 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, and Dec. 6, 13.
    • Youth ONLY (17 or younger) hunt date: Nov. 28
      **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.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the application deadline.

Deer Creek FWA Deer Hunt

  • Applications accepted online 7/1/2014 to 8/18/2014.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt deer in order to apply.
  • Applicants are allowed to designate up to 3 hunting-date preferences.
    • Available dates: Oct. 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31-Nov. 3, Nov. 9-10, 14-17, 21-22, 28-30, Dec. 6-8, 12-15, 19-21.
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.
  • This is NOT a military/reduction hunt. Normal statewide seasons/limits apply. Apply for dates that allow the equipment type you want to use. Bonus antlerless permits may NOT be used.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Deer Creek FWA Rabbit and Quail Hunt

  • Applications accepted online 7/1/2014 to 8/18/2014.
  • Applicants must possess a license to hunt small game in order to apply.
  • Applicants are allowed to designate up to 3 hunting-date preferences.
  • All hunts are one-day hunts, Saturday only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
    • Available hunt dates: Nov. 2, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 20.
  • Successfully drawn applicants are allowed to bring one hunting partner.
  • Draw results will be posted online at least one week after the deadline to apply.

Dove Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online 7/1/2014 to 7/28/2014.
  • Remember, hunters must possess a Game Bird Habitat Stamp when hunting doves (those who 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.
    • Available properties 2014: Blue Grass, J. E. Roush Lake, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, Kingsbury, LaSalle, Pigeon River, Willow Slough, and Winamac FWAs, and Salamonie Lake. (Mississinewa is not in the draw this year; call Mississinewa for more information).
  • Successful applicants may bring one hunting partner.
  • Draw 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 September.
  • 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

Pheasants are released for put-and-take hunting on Atterbury, Glendale, J. E. Roush Lake, Pigeon River (west of State Road 3), Tri-County, Willow Slough and Winamac FWAs. The cost for put-and-take hunts is $25 per person. The bag limit for put-and-take pheasant hunting is two birds of either sex. A hunter filling his/her limit in the put-and-take hunt may not take any more pheasants that day.
Hunters can reserve put-and-take pheasant hunts online from Sept. 1 until midnight on Nov. 30. Hunts are no longer available first-come, first-served at the property.

Hunters can select the date, property, and area for their hunt. Pheasant hunting season is extended on Atterbury and Glendale until Jan. 10, 2015. The bag limit during the extended pheasant season on Atterbury and Glendale is two pheasants of either sex.

  • Hunts are available online beginning Sept. 1, 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.

2014 Wild Turkey Draw Hunt

  • Applications accepted online Jan. 31 - March 24, 2014
  • Turkey hunts offered at:
    • Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge: April 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 Winamac 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: April 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

  • Applications accepted online Jan. 31 - March 24, 2014.
  • Two-day hunt on April 19 and 20, 2014.
  • Youths 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.

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?