(UNDATED) - Determining which deer license you need should be easier thanks to improvements to the DNR's online sport license finder.
The website, dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/6486.htm, has been improved to include all deer license types.
Deer season, which begins Sept. 15 with the opening of hunting in designated urban zones, may seem far away. But hunters can apply online beginning July 1 for certain reserved deer hunts, including state park deer reduction hunts, and must have a license to apply.
Previously, the deer license finder only told users a deer license was needed to hunt deer. The new system allows users to identify the type of deer license they need depending on hunting equipment, whether the hunter is an adult, and whether the hunter is an Indiana resident.
Changes to the deer rules in the 2012 season confused some hunters about which deer license types to use, said Michelle Cain, wildlife information specialist with the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.
"Most hunters know they need a deer license, but it can sometimes be hard to determine which license you need," Cain said. "The new system allows hunters to choose their equipment type and then gives them a list of licenses for that equipment type and what can be legally harvested."
Deer licensing options are numerous and range from a simple $7 youth hunt/trap license for deer hunters age 17 and younger to a $65 license bundle that covers all hunting equipment and allows for the harvest of one antlered and two antlerless deer.
The license finder also helps hunters and anglers determine what license they need to legally hunt or fish for all Indiana game species. It also includes prices, stamp privileges, and, in some cases, bag limits.
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