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Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Indiana
It’s legal to use a crossbow for hunting purposes in Indiana during the entire duration of Archery season. A special crossbow license must be obtained for this purpose, with the exception of those 13 years old or younger, and who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who himself owns a valid crossbow hunting license issued in Indiana.
To apply for a license, you will need to take and successfully complete DNR’s hunter education classes; you can find out more about these classes and license requirements by calling (812) 482-3093.
- Legal deer hunting hours are between 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.
- The use of laser sights is allowed on a crossbow in Indiana.
- If hunting during firearm season, hunter orange must be worn at all times.
- It’s illegal to use electronic deer-call devices or infrared sensons to assist in locating deer while hunting.
- For a deer to be considered Antlered, it must have at least one antler that is no less than 3″ long.
- As in most states, the use of any bait in the form of mineral blocks, salt, or any type of foo for baiting and luring deer is strictly prohibite.
- Using a tracking dog is only permitted when tracking an already shot deer; it cannot be used to track deer before it is shot.
- Flying squirrel are a protected species in Indiana and therefor cannot be hunted, even during squirrel season.
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