Public hearing on deer hunting changes to be held in Edinburgh

Indiana’s Natural Resources Commission has opened a second public comment period for proposed changes to Indiana’s deer hunting rules before it votes on final adoption of the proposed changes. A public hearing on the rule changes will also be May 20 at the Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area in Edinburgh.

Most proposed changes intend to simplify Indiana’s deer hunting rules to make them easier to understand.

The proposed changes include:

  • A statewide bag limit of six antlerless deer and a newly created county antlerless bag limit instead of season antlerless bag limits. Because of this change, the bonus antlerless license would be the multiple-season antlerless license that could be used in the archery, muzzleloader, and firearms seasons.
  • Hunters would not be able to harvest an antlerless deer on Fish & Wildlife properties with a firearm.
  • The use of crossbow equipment would be allowed under the archery license.
  • The minimum caliber for a muzzleloader would be reduced from 0.44 inches to 0.40 inches.
  • If a deer is unfit for human consumption, Indiana Department of Natural Resources staff would be able to issue an authorization to take an antlerless deer in its place that will not count toward the statewide bag limit or county limit.
  • Adding the deer reduction zones and county antlerless bag limits.
  • Removing the special antlerless firearms season.

Public comments may be submitted online at via the “Submit Comments Here” link in the Rulemaking Docket for the Deer Hunting Amendments.

Comments can also be mailed to the Natural Resources Commission, Indiana Government Center North, 100 N. Senate Ave., Room N103, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

The deadline for submitting public comments is May 20. A public hearing will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 20 at Atterbury Fish & Wildlife Area, 7970 S. Rowe St., Edinburgh.

The public may attend in person or online during that timeframe. There also will be an in-person-only open house from 4:30-5:30 p.m. before the hearing at the same location. To attend the public hearing online, starting at 5:30 p.m. May 20, go to Microsoft Teams and enter meeting ID 213 479 076 835 and passcode Ack2vu.

For more information on the proposed rule changes, visit

Questions about the proposed deer regulation changes should be directed to 812-334-3795 or [email protected].