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Reserved hunt applications under new system July 1

Reserved hunt applications under new system July 1

By Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Beginning July 1, hunters can apply for a variety of reserved hunts online. This year, instead of one application period for all draws, they are split into a few different date windows.

The reason for the change is to help hunters plan for their hunts and increase the number of hunters able to participate.

The only way to apply for the hunts is online. No late entries will be accepted. Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying. Hunters will be selected through a random computerized drawing. Applicants will be able to view draw results online within two weeks after the application period has closed. An email will be sent to all applicants when draws have been completed.

Please note that for all opportunities, only one application per hunt is allowed. No changes can be made once an application is submitted. The application process is now consolidated into the online services website along with licenses, CheckIN Game and HIP registration. An online account is not required to apply, but applicants must have a Customer ID number.

Hunts without a registration fee will follow the same process as those with a fee. To register for hunts with no fee required, applicants will be asked to Add to Cart, Proceed to Checkout, and Place Order. If the transaction total is $0, the applicant will not be asked to enter credit card information. Applicants must place an order to submit their application.

To view draw results, applicants can log into their online services account or click “View hunt draw results” at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt. From there, applicants should select Click here under Reserved Hunts to see the status of registered hunts.

The link will only show upcoming hunts that an individual has registered for. Logging into an account online is required to see the full history of past hunt registrations.

Applications for the following deer hunting opportunities open July 1. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 1:

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Youth Deer Hunt: Muscatatuck NWR will host one reserved firearm deer hunt for youth, Sept. 24-25.

Indiana Private Lands Access (IPLA) Hunts: IPLA will offer reserved hunts for squirrel and youth deer on private lands. Hunt dates and locations can be seen when applying.

Applications for the following hunting opportunities open Aug. 22. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 23:

FWA Deer Hunts: Deer Creek and Fairbanks Landing will host firearm season hunts.

State Park Deer Hunts: State parks participating include Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River and Whitewater Memorial. Trine State Recreation Area and Cave River Valley Natural Area will also participate.

Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Deer Hunts: Properties participating include Big Oaks and Muscatatuck, each of which will draw archery, firearms and muzzleloader deer hunts.

Indiana Private Lands Access (IPLA) Hunts: IPLA will offer reserved hunts for game birds and deer on private lands.

Camp Atterbury, a National Guard property, has decided not to allocate deer hunting opportunities through the Indiana DNR reservation system. For details on how to apply for hunting opportunities, email questions to ng.in.inarng.mbx.hunting-program@army.mil or call (812)526-1499, ext. 61375. To apply online, click here.

To view draw results, applicants can log into their online services account or click View hunt draw results at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt. applicants can then select “Click here” under Reserved Hunts to see the status of registered hunts. The link will only show upcoming hunts that an individual has registered for. Logging into an account online is required to see the full history of past hunt registrations.

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