Indiana Conservation Officers across Northern Indiana were busy this past
weekend working with waterfowl hunters to manage migratory waterfowl
populations which will be passing through Indiana over the next few months,
the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.
The north zone comprises the northern third of the state’s counties, and
Indiana is split into three zones based on migration patterns as the season
progresses into winter.
Officers conducted increased patrols of the waterways on Saturday and Sunday
to ensure that hunters were safely and legally pursuing their quarry, which
includes numerous species of ducks as well as Canada Geese. “Officers were
very pleased that the hunters continued the tradition Indiana hunters have
of harvesting game ethically, safely, and within the law,” DNR said.
There were a few violations, however, which with a little pre-planning and
education can be eliminated from a prospective waterfowl hunter’s “not to
¥All firearms used in the pursuit of migratory waterfowl must have a plug
which enables the firearm to hold no more than three shells in total.
¥All persons 16 years of age and over must purchase a federal waterfowl
stamp and sign it across the face of the stamp with the hunters signature.
Federal duck stamps may be ordered by calling (800) 782-6724 or by visiting
the federal duck stamps website. Federal duck stamps may also be purchased
at most post offices.
¥All waterfowl hunters must register with the Harvest Information Program
(HIP) prior to hunting migratory waterfowl. Hunter’s can register with HIP
by calling (866) 671-4499 or by visiting hunting.IN.gov
¥Hunters must use non-toxic shot while hunting migratory waterfowl.
¥Other illegal practices include hunting migratory waterfowl over bait,
shooting from a boat under motorized power, party hunting (filling each
other’s bag limits), and hunting outside of legal hunting hours, which for
migratory waterfowl are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
For a more detailed and thorough explanation of the migratory waterfowl
hunting rules and regulations, please visit