Indiana DNR Announces Changes; Rifles Not Among Them

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): Hunters in Indiana will not be allowed to use rifle caliber ammunition to hunt deer anytime soon. 

As was expected, the Indiana Natural Resources Commission voted Tuesday to drop several proposals at the suggestion of the Indiana DNR. This as the INRC was trimming down a larger rules package. 

One of the measures they dropped would have legalized centerfire ammunition for deer hunting use. DNR spokesperson Phil Bloom says the decision to drop the centerfire proposal was not based on safety but rather a lack of social interest. 

They also dropped a proposal that would have put a bag limit on sunfish. 

Bloom says there were several important rules with the approved package to note, including the end of the annual ruffed grouse hunting season. The ruffed grouse is a chicken sized bird that‘s native to Indiana that has seen significant population decline over the last several years. Bloom says it’s important to do whatever they can to help out the species. 

He also noted a major change in the way that property owners approve private hunters to take coyotes on their land. 

You can find out more about the new rules package at