Reserved turkey hunt procedures will change on participating DNR fish & wildlife areas (FWAs) for selected turkey hunters completing their hunt registration this year, as a result of COVID-19.
The changes will allow turkey hunting to continue on FWAs while maintaining social distancing practices.
Selected turkey hunters will be mailed date-specific hunting permit cards for their hunt period as well as a parking permit. FWA offices will be closed to the public; however, the selected turkey hunters will still need to sign in each day at a property self-serve check-in booth before hunting. Hunters must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet between each other while signing in.
Both youth-season and regular-season turkey hunters will use the same procedures. Hunters should keep their hunt permit card on their person while hunting and place their parking permit in the windshield of their vehicle. After each day’s hunt, hunters should deposit their hunt permit card in a property drop box.
The pre-season drawing for allocating hunting opportunities on FWAs for the regular spring turkey hunting season has already been conducted. Youth turkey season drawings (if necessary) will be completed by the first week in April.
Several FWAs have open spots later in the turkey season, as not enough hunters applied to fill the available openings. Typically these hunting opportunities are filled by the no-show drawings. Because FWAs will not conduct no-show draws this year, there will be a supplemental online draw for these remaining spots.
The supplemental drawing application period will begin Monday, April 6 at 8 a.m. ET and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. Hunters will be drawn on Monday, April 13, and results will be emailed to applicants.
For the supplemental draw, hunters are allowed to apply for only one FWA. Hunters can choose up to two different hunt periods for this draw. If drawn, the hunter will be selected for either their first choice or second choice, not both. Each FWA only has the designated number of available openings for each of the hunt periods listed. If a hunt period is not listed, then there are no available openings. If a hunter was already successfully drawn for a reserved turkey hunt, they are not eligible for this supplemental drawing.
To apply for the supplemental drawing, visit https://bit.ly/2X4AzCO. Click on the button to “Add another hunt period” for that property as a second choice before clicking “Submit” and placing an order from the cart.
Individuals not selected in the pre-season or supplemental draw are also able to hunt on several southern FWAs later in the season, because not all days are reserved. A list of those FWAs is at on.IN.gov/reservedhunt.
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