Cottontail Rabbit Season Begins Friday

(UNDATED) – Cottontail rabbit season is from Nov. 1, 2019, through Feb. 28, 2020.

There are no equipment or ammunition restrictions for rabbit hunting. A 12- or 20-gauge shotgun loaded with 6 to 7 1/2-size shot is recommended.

It is illegal to remove a rabbit from a hole, den or tree hollow with the aid of a ferret or other small animal or other means. Hunter orange clothing requirements must be met while hunting rabbits.

It is illegal to hunt, take or possess swamp rabbits, which are an endangered species in Indiana.

Rabbits can be chased with a dog year-round with a hunting license. Certain restrictions apply on DNR-managed properties.

Hunting hours for rabbits in February on FWAs and at Mississinewa, Patoka and Salamonie lakes are from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour before sunset.