When Is Raccoon Season In Indiana

Seasons & Hours



Dates :

Nov 15 2020 to Jan 31 2021

Daily limit: Any number
Possession limit: Any number

During any portion of the firearms deer season, furbearer hunters must also possess an unfilled firearms deer hunting permit.

Small Game Hunting Permit

Limits :

Limits are set for each species’ hunting or trapping season. Check the species and season listings for information about limits.

Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit

Limits :

Limits are set for each species and hunting or trapping season. Check the species and season listings for information about limits.

Resident Trapping Permit

Nonresident Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit

Limits :

Limits vary by species and season.

Military Reduced Cost Permit

Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit (residents only)

Lifetime Conservation Partner (Hunting and Fishing) Permit (residents only)

Archer’s Hunting Permit

Limits :

Deer: Two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer may be taken before November 16.
Turkeys: Two turkeys of either sex.
Furbearers: See Seasons for prescribed limits. Hunters may sell furbearers harvested under this permit. Nonresidents may not harvest furbearers with this permit.
Small game: See Seasons for prescribed limits.

Allowed Methods

Hunting Methods

  • Pistols, revolvers, and rifles propelling a single projectile at one discharge
  • Firearms powered by spring, air, or compressed gas
  • Shotguns not larger than 10 gauge with magazine cut off or plugged to reduce the capacity to no more than three shells.
  • Bows, including longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows.
  • Crossbows
  • Atlatls
  • Slingshots
  • Dogs may be used
  • Artificial lights are allowed if raccoons are treed with the aid of dogs.
  • Electronic calls or electronically activated calls may be used.

During fall deer season, hunters must have an unfilled firearms deer hunting permit and a permit to hunt small game.

Trapping Methods

  • Traps must have smooth or rubber jaws only
  • Foot-hold trap
  • Conibear or other killing-type trap
  • Foot-enclosing trap
  • Cage-type trap
  • Colony traps with openings no greater than 6 inches in height and 6 inches wide
  • Cable restraint devices
  • Snare set underwater

Within communities having 10,000 or more inhabitants, only cage-type or foot-enclosing traps, may be set within 150 feet of any residence or occupied building.

Prohibited Methods

  • Arrows containing any drug, poison, chemical, or explosive
  • Poisons, tranquilizing drugs, chemicals, or explosives
  • Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive, or molest wildlife
  • Artificial lights to search for, harass, or disturb wildlife
  • You may not take wildlife from or across a public roadway with a firearm, bow, or crossbow
  • Snares set on land
  • Pitfalls
  • Deadfalls
  • Nets
  • Traps may not be set in paths made or used by people or domestic animals
  • Killing-type traps may not be set along public roadways.

You may not possess night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

Dogs may not be used during daylight hours from Nov. 1 through the end of the November portion statewide and antlerless portion in open counties.


It’s Raccoon Mating Season—5 Facts You Need To Know

1. Breeding season can start in January and ends in June.

Peak mating season is March through April, but raccoons will begin to breed as soon as the weather gets warmer. We recommend seasonal inspections of the outside of your home, to make sure prevention is in place before breeding season. Raccoons have a 65-day gestation, and they will remain in the den for up to 7 weeks after birth.

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2. Dens are usually temporary.

Outside of the breeding season, raccoons will change dens frequently. They don’t build these dens, but rather take advantage of already empty spaces.

If you have a raccoon setting up camp in a tree outside, chances are they’ll be moving on in a day or so anyway. When it comes to your home, however, you’ll want to be sure they’re fully gone before boarding up the hole or taking other exclusion steps.

3. Raccoons will “den” where they feel safe and removed from humans.

When a female raccoon is going to breed and give birth, she’ll establish a more permanent den. Raccoons prefer to be off the ground in hollow trees, attics, and chimney flues. If these places aren’t available, they’ll look for places where they won’t be disturbed, like under homes, low clearance decks, and sheds.

Because she’s about to give birth to kits, she’ll be even more careful about her choice.

4. You can prevent raccoons.

Raccoons rely on their immediate surroundings. If you make your home inhospitable to raccoons, they won’t stay! These are the best and simplest ways to make sure you can prevent raccoons:

  • Don’t feed raccoons
  • Seal all sources of garbage
  • Feed pets indoors
  • Keep pet food away from pet door
  • Close pet door at night
  • Don’t put food in compost piles
    • Instead secure in compost containers to prevent access
  • Clean up outdoor food areas, such as barbecue areas or picnic tables
  • Eliminate access to potential dens by filling or blocking all holes
  • Talk to your neighbors
    • If an entire area takes these prevention steps, your yard has a better chance of remaining raccoon-free

5. Raccoon relocation is illegal in Oregon and Washington.

We know it might be tempting to trap and relocate raccoons, but it’s illegal. Relocation has several serious consequences for both the raccoons and the surrounding environments, including the death of the raccoons, the spread of disease, and ecological collapse.

If you have a mother and kits under your porch or in another space on your property, don’t attempt to remove them physically. It’s always best to call a wildlife removal specialist as soon as possible, so the animals can be removed safely and you can minimize any structural damage caused by the animals.

What can I do about the raccoons on my property?

If these prevention steps aren’t working, or you’re concerned about the raccoons on your property, give Pioneer Pest Management a call. We can perform an inspection to make sure all of the available prevention steps are complete, and we can spot any particular areas that raccoons might take advantage of.


Indiana Hunting

2019-20 Indiana Hunting Seasons

Red and Gray Fox Oct. 15, 2019 – Feb. 28, 2020 No limit Coyote, Striped Skunk Oct. 15, 2019 – March 15, 2020 No limit Raccoon, Opossum Nov. 8, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020 No limit Dog Running (Raccoon, Opossum) Feb. 1, 2019 – Oct. 25, 2019 Not applicable Feb. 1, 2020 – Oct. 25, 2020 Wild Turkey Youth Spring April 18-19, 2020 1 bearded or male turkey in spring Spring April 22 – May 10, 2020 Fall Archery (statewide) Oct. 1 – Oct. 27, 2019 1 bird of either sex for the fall archery and firearm combined Dec. 7, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 Fall Firearms Oct. 16 – 27, 2019
(see Wild Turkey for counties) Deer Reduction Zone * Sept. 15, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

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(see Deer Regulations for Reduction Zones) See Deer Seasons, Licenses, & Equipment for deer season bag limits Youth Sept. 28 and 29, 2019 Archery Oct. 1, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 Firearms Nov. 16, 2019 – Dec. 1, 2019 Muzzleloader Dec. 7 – 22, 2019 Special Antlerless ** Dec. 26, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020 Squirrel (gray and fox) Aug. 15, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020 5 per day

The possession limit for woodland game (except deer and turkey) is two times the daily bag limit.

* Designated counties or portions of counties (formerly Urban Deer Zones)

** Special Antlerless Season Only in counties that initially had a bonus antlerless quota of 4, which are now indicated in green on the map (see Bonus Antlerless Deer)

Pheasant (cock only) Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2019 2 per day Quail North of Interstate 74* Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2019 4 per day* South of Interstate 74** Nov. 1, 2019 – Jan. 10, 2020 8 per day** Rabbit Nov. 1, 2019 – Feb. 28, 2020 5 per day

The possession limit on upland game is two times the daily bag limit.

* 2 per day on North Zone fish & wildlife areas, Mississinewa Lake and Salamonie Lake

** 4 per day on South Zone fish & wildlife areas and Patoka Lake

Crow July 1 – Aug. 15, 2019 No limit Dec. 13, 2019 – March 1, 2020 Frog (bull and green only) June 15, 2019 – April 30, 2020 25 per day Game Turtles * July 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020 4 per day

* Eastern snapping turtle, smooth softshell turtle, spiny softshell turtle


Indiana Hunting

A valid hunting license is needed to hunt coyote, gray fox, opossum, raccoon, red fox, and striped skunk.

A continuously burning light that can be seen for at least 500 feet must be carried while pursuing furbearing animals between sunset and sunrise. It is illegal to:

  • Remove wild animals from any cavity or den;
  • Disturb the den or nest of any animal by shooting, digging, cutting or chipping; with the aid of smoke, fire, fumes, chemicals, ferret or other small animal; or with any device introduced into the hole where the animal is sheltered
  • Use or carry tree-climbing or cutting equipment for the purpose of dislodging an animal from a tree.

Dog Running

The dog running season for raccoon and opossum extends from noon Feb. 1 through noon Oct. 25. A person needs a valid Indiana hunting license to chase wild animals with dogs. See license exemptions on License Information. It is legal to hunt and chase foxes (Oct. 15 to Feb. 28), raccoons (Nov. 8 to Jan. 31), and coyotes (Oct. 15 to March 15) with dogs during the established hunting seasons. Youth who are younger than 13 years old, do not possess a bow, crossbow or firearm, and are accompanied by a valid license holding individual who is at least 18 years of age are exempt from needing a hunting license while chasing a wild animal during the dog running season. Certain restrictions apply on DNR-managed properties. It is legal to chase foxes and coyotes with dogs year-round with a hunting license and permission of the landowner.

Fox & Coyote Hunting

It is legal to hunt fox and coyote with the use of mouth- or hand-operated calls, or with the use of recorded calls. Spotlights may be used to take fox and coyote. There are no restrictions on hunting hours or firearms for hunting fox and coyote. It is illegal to hunt fox or coyote from a roadway or with the use of any motor-driven conveyance.

Protected Species

Badgers and bobcats are protected species. It is illegal to take these furbearers in Indiana. If you accidentally trap a badger or bobcat, report the incident to an Indiana Conservation Officer (see Indiana Contact Lists). There is no penalty for reporting accidental captures. If the animal is dead, the carcass must be surrendered to an Indiana Conservation Officer. Information provided by hunters and trappers is an important means of determining the status and distribution of these species in Indiana.

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For more on protected wildlife, call the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, 317-232-4200 or go to wildlife.IN.gov

Wildlife Conflicts

Resident landowners or tenants may use legal methods, without a permit, to take a beaver, mink, muskrat, long-tailed weasel, red fox, gray fox, opossum, skunk, gray squirrel, fox squirrel or raccoon that is on their own property and damaging property or posing a health or safety threat.

If the animal is released, it must be released in the county of capture with permission of the recipient landowner.

Groundhogs (woodchucks), moles, voles, and chipmunks may be taken at any time using any equipment without a permit.

Landowners may take coyotes at any time on the land they own without a special permit or license, or they may provide written permission for others to take coyotes on their land at any time. A valid hunting or trapping license or nuisance wild animal control permit is required to take a coyote on land other than your own.

Coyotes that are taken outside the hunting and trapping season by a landowner or someone with written permission from a landowner cannot be possessed live for more than 24 hours, and the live coyote cannot be sold, traded, bartered or gifted.

Possession of Hides/Carcasses

There is no deadline for the possession of lawfully obtained untanned hides or unprocessed carcasses of furbearers taken during the season.

The sale of legally harvested furbearing mammals or untanned hides of furbearing mammals can be made to licensed fur buyers only.

Go to wildlife.IN.gov for a list of Indiana licensed fur buyers, or call the Division of Fish & Wildlife at 317-232-4200.

Possession of Live Furbearers

Only raccoons, red foxes, gray foxes, and coyotes can be retained alive during the trapping season for that species.

Raccoons, foxes or coyotes that are removed from a trap and kept alive must be confined in a cage or other enclosure that: (a) makes escape of the mammal unlikely and prevents the entrance of a free-roaming mammal of the same species; (b) is structurally sound; (c) is of sufficient strength for the species involved; (d) is maintained in good repair and smoothly secured to prevent escape or injury to the mammal in the enclosure; (e) is constructed to allow sufficient space for individual posture, to turn about freely, and make normal social movements; (f) is secured when unattended with protective devices at entrances and exits to prevent escapes if kept outdoors and if needed to prevent injuries to human or the mammal’s health and; (g) has ambient ventilation by means of windows, doors, vents, fans, or air conditioning to protect the health of the mammal and to minimize drafts, odors and condensation.

Night quarters, transportation cages, and nesting boxes may not be used as primary housing. Surface water must be adequately drained from a cage or enclosure where the mammal is housed. Adequate lighting must be provided by artificial or natural means and cycled for appropriate photoperiod, if necessary for the mammal in possession. The cages or enclosures must also have adequate shelter from the elements and provide adequate shade for the animals.

You must remove and dispose of food wastes, feces, urine and bedding from the enclosure. You must also remove from the enclosure and appropriately dispose of trash, garbage, debris, and carcasses as soon as they are observed.

You must also provide daily: 1) fresh, clean drinking water in clean containers and 2) food that is unspoiled, uncontaminated, appropriate to the dietary needs of the mammal, and of sufficient quantity for the mammal involved.

Furbearers that are possessed alive and their cages or other enclosures must be made available for inspection by an Indiana Conservation Officer upon request.


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