One of the many changes to deer hunting regulations that were implemented this year will take place when the special antlerless season begins Dec. 26.
The purpose of the extra season is to focus the state’s deer management on counties with high deer densities.
The extra season runs for 12 days and will take place only in counties with a bonus antlerless quota of four or more.
Hunters can use a bonus antlerless license, deer license bundle, lifetime comprehensive hunting license, lifetime comprehensive hunting/fishing license, or a resident youth hunt/trap license to participate, or they must meet license exemptions.
Deer harvested in this season count toward the bonus antlerless county quota bag limit.
Participating counties with a bonus antlerless quota of eight are: Allen, Clark, Clay, Crawford, Dearborn, DeKalb, Elkhart, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Gibson, Harrison, Hendricks, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Noble, Ohio, Parke, Porter, Pulaski, Putnam, Ripley, Scott, Starke, St. Joseph, Steuben, Switzerland, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren, Washington and White.
Participating counties with a bonus antlerless quota of four are: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Cass, Delaware, Dubois, Fayette, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Henry, Jackson, Knox, LaPorte, Lawrence, Madison, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Owen, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Wabash, Warrick, Wayne and Whitley.
The following counties are excluded from the special antlerless season: Adams, Benton, Blackford, Carroll, Clinton, Daviess, Decatur, Hancock, Jay, Martin, Perry, Pike, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Tipton, Union and Wells.