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Indiana early archery deer season, Oct. 1-Nov. 27

From Indiana Department of Natural Resources

-- Indiana's 2011 deer season begins with the opening day of early archery, Oct. 1.

Hunters must possess valid deer hunting, youth, lifetime comprehensive hunting or apprentice deer hunting license. Hunter education is required for anyone born after Dec. 31, 1986; however, individuals of any age may buy an apprentice license without having to take hunter education provided they are hunting with a licensed mentor.

Individuals are limited to three apprentice hunting licenses in their lifetime.

Legal archery equipment includes long bows, compound bows and recurve bows. A bow must have a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds. Arrows must be tipped with broadheads that are metal, metal-edged or napped flint, chert or obsidian.

Crossbows are not legal for use in the early season, but are legal in the late season Dec. 3 to Jan. 1.

Anyone with questions regarding deer hunting rules, regulations and safety should consult the Indiana 2011-2012 Deer Hunting Guide at

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