The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has
developed three new hunting seasons for hunters 15 years old or younger.
A youth spring (2007) turkey season, deer season (2006), and small game
free hunting weekend (2006)are included.
Youth Small-Game Free Hunting Weekend, Sept
For any resident age 15 years or younger on the
date of the hunt, and accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age,
can take squirrel, mourning dove, Canada goose, blue and green-wing teal
and other early migratory birds in season during on these days.
The youth hunter does not have to possess a hunting
license, HIP number or stamp, but must comply with all other hunting regulations.
The accompanying adult must be in close enough in order to monitor and
communicate with the youth hunter at all times and may assist the youth
hunter, including calling, but the adult may not carry a firearm or bow
and arrow. The accompanying adult must possess a valid hunting license,
Youth Deer Hunting Season, Sept. 23 and 24,
Any youth age 15 years or younger on the date
of the hunt, and accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age, can
take one antlerless deer during this special youth deer season. This deer
may be in addition to any deer taken during any other season. Although
the accompanying adult cannot take a deer, both the youth hunter and the
adult must meet hunter-orange apparel requirements.
The youth hunter must possess a valid youth hunting
license, which includes the completion of a hunter education class, but
the accompanying adult does not need to possess a hunting license while
in the field with the youth hunter. The youth hunter must comply with all
deer-hunting regulations including, tagging the deer and checking it in
to a deer check station within 48 hours. The youth hunter may use a legal
shotgun, muzzleloader, bow and arrow, or crossbow, to take the deer, but
may possess only one type of equipment while in the field. The accompanying
adult cannot possess a firearm, muzzleloader, bow and arrow or crossbow
while in the field with the youth hunter.
Youth Wild Turkey Season, April 21, 22, (2007).
A youth wild turkey season is scheduled for April
21 and 22, 2007. The season allows a youth turkey hunter who is 15 years
old or younger to take a bearded or male wild turkey. The youth must be
accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years old. The youth hunter may
use any legal shotgun, bow and arrow, or crossbow. The adult accompanying
the youth hunter must not possess a firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow
while in the field, and does not need to possess a turkey-hunting license.
The youth hunter may take only one bearded or male wild turkey during the
spring season, inclusive of the youth and regular spring turkey seasons.
The youth must be properly licensed to take a wild turkey and comply with
all tagging and check-in requirements.
DNR Reduces Bonus Deer License Fees
To better maintain a balanced deer herd, the DNR
has encouraged the taking of antlerless deer during hunting all of the
seasons. Recently, the Natural Resources Commission ratified a proposal
by the DNR that will reduce the cost of certain bonus antlerless deer tags.
Under the new proposal the cost of the first bonus
antlerless deer license remains $24 for Indiana residents and $150 for
non-residents. But to encourage the taking of additional antlerless deer,
the cost for the second and subsequent bonus antlerless tags falls to $15
for Indiana residents and $24 for non-residents.
Additional information is available by calling
the Division of Fish and Wildlife: 317-232-4080, not a toll-free call.