(UNDATED) – You can now purchase your 2019-20 deer hunting licenses. Officials encourage you not to wait to purchase a license until right before the season starts.
The deer reduction zone season starts Sept. 15, 2019 in designated locations.
Deer Reduction Zones, previously called urban zones, give hunters opportunities to harvest deer in defined urban areas and along portions of Indiana highways, in addition to statewide bag limits.
Deer Reduction Zone season
- The reduction zone season is Sept. 15, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2020.
- Bag limit: 10 deer, of which only one can be antlered. Individuals hunting in a designated reduction zone who are attempting to satisfy the reduction zone bag limit must harvest an antlerless deer in the Deer Reduction Zone before harvesting an antlered deer (a.k.a. earn-a-buck). The earn-a-buck requirement only applies to the reduction zone bag limit. The reduction zone bag limit is in addition to all other bag limits. See the hunting guide for deer bag limits.
- A Deer Reduction Zone license, resident youth hunt/trap, lifetime comprehensive hunting, or lifetime comprehensive hunting/fishing license is required unless you meet a license exemption under state law.
- The Deer Reduction Zone license allows the individual to harvest one deer per license. A valid license is required for each deer taken. Purchase a license .
- Where allowed by local ordinances, firearms legal for deer hunting can be used in reduction zones with a Deer Reduction Zone license or to count the deer towards the reduction zone bag limit from Nov. 16, 2019, through Jan. 31, 2020.
The season does not override any local ordinances restricting the discharge of firearms and bows.
- It’s illegal to hunt, shoot at, or kill a deer or to shoot at any deer from within, into, upon, or across any public road.
- Hunters must obtain permission from landowners to hunt on their property. (For a private land permission form, see Permission to Hunt on Private Lands .)
- Deer Reduction Zones may be altered annually at the DNR director’s discretion based on deer population management needs.
Description of zones locally
The traditional Deer Reduction Zones for the 2019-20 Deer Reduction Zone season (Sept. 15, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020) are:
- Brown County State Park property is not included in this zone.
- In Morgan County, only the portion of the county north of the junction of State Road 37 and the Morgan/Johnson County line bounded as follows: West of State Road 37 South to the junction of State Road 37 and State Road 39 (Morton Avenue).
North along State Road 39 (Morton Avenue) from its junction with State Road 37 to State Road 67.
North along State Road 67 from its junction with State Road 39 to Indiana Street (Mooresville, IN).
North along Indiana Street (State Road 267) from its junction with State Road 67 to State Road 42 (High Street).
West along State Road 42 (High Street) from its junction with Indiana Street (State Road 267) to State Road 267.
North along State Road 267 to the Morgan/Hendricks County line.
The Deer Reduction Zones corridors locally for the 2019-20 Deer Reduction Zone season (Sept. 15, 2019-Jan. 31, 2020) are:
It’s illegal to hunt, shoot at, or kill a deer or to shoot at any deer from within, into, upon, or across any public road.
- The Brown County Deer Reduction Zone includes the entirety of any parcel of land, a portion of which is located within one-half (½) mile on either side of the centerline of State Road 46 from the Monroe County line to the Bartholomew County line.
- The Monroe County Deer Reduction Zone includes the entirety of any parcel of land, a portion of which is located within one-half (½) mile on either side of the centerline of State Road 37 from the Interstate 69 split south to the Monroe/Lawrence County line.