On Nov. 3, 2017, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) signed an emergency rule allowing rifle cartridges that were allowed in previous seasons to be used during the 2017 deer hunting season.
The rule states, “Rifle cartridges that were allowed in previous years on public land for deer hunting are allowed on public land again this year during the deer firearms season, the reduction zone season (in zones where local ordinances allow the use of a firearm), special hunts on other public lands such as State Parks and National Wildlife Refuges, and special antlerless season. This means that the rifle cartridge must fire a bullet of .357-inch diameter or larger, have a minimum case length of 1.16 inches, and have a maximum case length of 1.8 inches if used on public land. Full metal jacketed bullets are illegal.”
Firearm deer season runs from Nov. 18 to Dec. 3. For further information about Indiana hunting, visit the DNR’s website here.