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Firearm deer hunting season is close: What you need to know

Posted at 12:50 PM, Nov 10, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Deer hunting season for firearms begins Saturday, and there is a new law in Indiana to be aware of before you start out.

HEA 1231 allows more kinds of rifle cartridges on private land.

Hunting and fishing have been a hot topic in Indiana lately, with the Right to Hunt Amendment passing in the state.

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The following cartridges are legal under HEA 1231:

  • 6mm-06
  • 6mm BR Remington
  • 6mm PPC
  • 6mm Remington
  • .240 Weatherby
  • .243 Winchester
  • .243 Winchester Super Short Magnum
  • .30 Carbine
  • .30 Herrett
  • .30 Remington AR
  • .30-06 Springfield
  • .30-30 Winchester
  • .30-40 Krag
  • .300 AAC Blackout (.300 Whisper)
  • .300 H&H Magnum
  • .300 Remington Short Action Ultra Magnum
  • .300 Savage
  • .300 Weatherby Magnum
  • .300 Winchester Magnum
  • .300 Winchester Short Magnum
  • .300 Remington Ultra Magnum
  • .308 Marlin
  • .308 Winchester
  • 7.62x39mm
  • 7.62x54mmR 

The requirements for hunting are:

  • The rifle must have a barrel length of at least 16 inches
  • The rifle cartridges must have a cartridge case length of least 1.16 inches
  • The rifle cartridge must fire a bullet with a diameter that is .243 inches (or 6 mm) or 308 inches (or 7.62 mm)
  • No cartridges with a bullet diameter between .243 and .308 are legal (such as the .270 Winchester)
  • A hunter may not possess more than ten such cartridges while in the field

Rifles with pistol cartridges that have been allowed in previous years may still be used to hunt on public and private land.

Firearms season begins Saturday and ends Nov. 27. For more information, check out the FAQ at the Department of Natural Resources' website