New deer rule changes covering Porter County, formally adopted last fall by
the Indiana Natural Resources Commission, are now in effect.
This means that the 2011 Urban Deer Zone season has been extended to Jan.
31, Department of Natural Resource said in a statement released on Thursday.
Here is a summary of additional changes to the Urban Deer Zone:
•The urban deer zone season now lasts from Sept. 15 through Jan. 31.
Previously, the urban deer zone ended the first Sunday in January.
•A new urban deer zone license is required and replaces the old requirements
of needing an extra archery license, bonus antlerless license, or regular
archery license. The resident urban deer zone license is $24 and the
non-resident urban deer zone license is $150. Resident youth hunt/trap,
lifetime comprehensive hunting, or lifetime comprehensive hunting and
fishing license—or those exempt from needing a license—do not need to
purchase urban deer zone licenses.
•The urban deer zone in both Lake and Porter counties now includes the
•Hunters using an urban deer zone license must harvest at least one
antlerless deer before harvesting an antlered deer with an urban deer zone
license—a.k.a. “earn-a-buck.” The earn-a-buck program only applies to the
urban deer zone season.
•Crossbows may now be used during the urban deer zone season.
•The bag limit for the urban deer zone remains the same at four antlerless
deer (one per license) or—with the new “earn-a-buck”—three antlerless deer
and one antlered deer (one per license). Urban deer zones were established
to provide hunters with the opportunities to harvest deer in specified areas
in addition to regular bag limits. Urban deer zones are for archery and
crossbow hunting only. This provision does not override any local ordinances
restricting bow and arrow or crossbow use.
What does this mean for the remainder of the 2011 Urban Deer Zone Season?
Here are some scenarios that should help hunters determine license
requirements and harvest regulations for the remainder of the 2011 Urban
Deer Zone season, which ends Jan. 31.
•Scenario 1: if a hunter has already harvested an antlered deer in an urban
deer zone this season (Sept. 15-Jan. 31), all the hunter may harvest through
Jan. 31 would be antlerless deer in an urban deer zone, assuming the hunter
has not reached the bag limit for the urban deer zone.
•Scenario 2: if a hunter hasn’t harvested an urban zone antlered deer and
has already harvested an urban zone antlerless deer during the 2011 urban
zone deer season, the hunter has already met the “earn-a-buck” requirement.
The hunter may harvest one urban zone antlered deer through Jan. 31 in an
urban deer zone.
•Scenario 3: if a hunter hasn’t harvested any urban zone deer this season,
the hunter must harvest an antlerless deer in an urban deer zone prior to
harvesting an antlered deer in an urban deer zone.
Urban Deer Zones are Lake County; Porter County; Vanderburgh County; Fort
Wayne (the portion of Allen County within the bounds of I-69 and Ind. 469);
Indianapolis (all of Marion County; Hendricks County east of Ind. 267; the
southeast portion of Boone County bounded by Ind. 267, I-65, and Ind. 32;
and the portion of Hamilton County south of Ind. 32); Lafayette (the portion
of Tippecanoe County north of Ind. 28); Michigan City (the portion of
LaPorte County north of I-94); and Warsaw (the portion of Kosciusko County
within the corporate limits of Warsaw).
All other deer rule changes that went into effect on January 1, 2012 can be
This information will be summarized and included in the Hunting Guide that
will come out later this summer (June/July).