The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has clarified the laws governing the use of rifles on public lands during deer hunting season.

The DNR signed an emergency rule on Nov. 3, which states that rifle cartridges that were allowed in previous years on public land will be allowed again this year during deer firearms season, the reduction zone season (in zones where local ordinances allow the use of a firearm), special hunts on other public lands such as state parks and national wildlife refuges and special antlerless season.  Legal rifle cartridges must fire a bullet of .357-inch diameter or larger, have a minimum case length of 1.16 inches and have a maximum case length of 1.8 inches to be used on public land.

If you would like information on the specific rifle requirements for deer hunting on private land, DNR has information available on their website under “Equipment.”