Rifles Rejoice: DNR emergency rule for 2017 deer hunting season

Indiana Deer Rifle Controversy
Photo courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation
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An emergency rule signed today by the DNR, filed with the Natural Resources Commission and the Legislative Services Agency, states the following:

“Rifle cartridges that were allowed in previous years on public land for deer hunting are allowed on public land again this year during the 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.

This means that the rifle cartridge 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 if used on public land. Full metal jacketed bullets are illegal.”

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For more information on rifle requirements for deer hunting on private land, visit www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/7389.htm and click on “Equipment.”

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  1. So my brother went out and bought 2 new rifles for him and his son, then the email comes out that says no rifles on public land. Then he goes out and buys a new shotgun. You can’t imagine how pissed he was when I sent him the email from the DNR that now says he can! Wonder if the gun shops are happy with the DNR?

  2. Funny! Why will they come up with a rule today and abolish it in the next moment. My friend bought a rifle already when he receive the message abolishing the law. He was so so sad and in the next minute they gave the go ahead of using it. Very funny.


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