Deer hunting season is officially underway in Indiana. Today marks the start of archery season, which runs through Jan. 3, 2016. All hunters must have a license and must use legal archery equipment as defined by the DNR. These include long bows, compound bows or recurve bows and arrows. The bow must have a pull of at least 35 pounds. Arrows must be tipped with broadheads that are metal, metal-edged or napped flint; chert or obsidian.
Crossbows are also legal hunting equipment. They must have a mechanical safety and pull of at least 125 pounds. An archery or crossbow license is required. Hunters who possess a valid Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting or Lifetime Comprehensive Hunting/Fishing License can also legally hunt during archery season, as can those with an deer license bundle, bonus antlerless license or youth license. Visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/7389.htm for more information about deer hunting regulations in Indiana. Deer can be harvested from one half hour before sunrise until one half hour after sunset.