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Crossbows Approved for Indiana Deer Hunters

As a part of the new hunting rules approved by the Indiana DNR, Indiana hunters will now be able to hunt deer with crossbows.


As a part of the new hunting rules approved by the Indiana DNR, Indiana hunters will now be able to hunt deer with crossbows. Other changes include an extension of the archery season, a deer license bundle and a rule called “earn-a-buck” in urban zones.

The new rules stem from pressure on the DNR by lawmakers, landowners and hunters to improve deer management, and to make doing so more affordable for hunters.

The changes will not go into effect until the 2012 hunting season.

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7 Responses to Crossbows Approved for Indiana Deer Hunters

JAy wrote:
September 17, 2013

Maybe this will help the guys who aren't a good shot with a traditional bow make clean kill shot and I won't have to see a deer walk by with an arrow sticking out of its neck.

Smitty wrote:
June 09, 2013

There is always a crybaby! You hunt your hunt and we will hunt ours. Worry about yourself and keep your stupid opinions to yourself!

Joe S. wrote:
September 26, 2012

Crossbows are not "stringed rifles" please do not shoot at them deer as such! They do not carry good down range kinetic energy so limit your yardage for a good ethical shot. Yes, they are fast...but the bolts are light compared to an arrow and they will not have good penetration at long yardages. Just be ethical!

Mark Tarlton wrote:
December 13, 2011

To all you winers that think crossbows are cheating, you have never hunted with one. they are loud,5 pounds heavier,and very hard to cock in your stand. so GET OVER IT !!!!! Go hunting with your long bows. We don't mind at all

Spencer Judd wrote:
November 27, 2011

It's about time Indiana kept up with the other states offering crossbow hunting. People griped about the compound bow back in the 60's and 70's and said they should not be legal too. Thanks Indiana DNR! Maybe some of us older guys can now enjoy deer hunting again since pulling and holding a vertical bow is hard to do anymore.

Craig Rask wrote:
September 30, 2011

If you want to use a stringed rifle during a rifle hunt- go for it! It's not archery.

Greg Russell wrote:
September 28, 2011

I`m pleased Indiana did the right thing and will allow crossbows for everyone for all archery seasons. Now, if the IDNR would repeal the idiotic OBR, we`d be in business.