Davisson: Hunting safely in the fall months

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Friday, September 23, 2016

Among the many great things about our state is how friendly our laws are to hunters and conservationists. From fishing to hunting and trapping, Indiana is a great place for sportsmen and women to practice their passions and traditions, while at the same time keeping safety in mind. With many people across our state enjoying the outdoors, there are some necessary policies that govern hunting and keep our state a beautiful and safe place. This ensures that future generations can enjoy the same wildlife we do.

 The first thing to consider before hunting season will be determining what animal to hunt and the designated season. There are multiple seasons for different game, mostly in the fall months. For example, deer season has multiple periods, split into different categories and dates. The archery period begins Oct. 1 and ends on the first day of January. However, the firearm hunting period lasts from Nov. 12 – 27 and there are multiple other dates for different animals like wild turkey or quail. More information can be found at in.gov/DNR.

 Another important part of preparation is obtaining a hunting license. Both fishing and hunting licenses can be bought at many retailers throughout the state, like Wal-Mart or Meijer. Licenses can also be bought online by visiting the DNR’s website.

Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986, must complete a one-time hunter education class through the DNR to purchase a hunting license. The course is available both online and in the classroom. To sign up for the online course or to find dates and locations for nearby classroom courses, visit register-ed.com/programs.

A comprehensive guide for both experienced and new sportsmen and women can be found at eregulations.com/Indiana. This guide contains more information on the policies mentioned here as well as others concerning hunting on private property and conservation information, which are vital to maintain safety.

 Though this just briefly covers some of the important parts of preparation for hunting season, it is necessary to keep these things in mind as the fall months draw near.


Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County and parts of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.

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