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If you happen to see a bear, wolf, cougar, boar...whatever, is it legal to shoot them in the wild or could you be fined? I have heard that if its not listed as game in the Indiana Hunting Guide that its concidered to be like a varmint and its legal to take them in any season. Anyone know for sure?
 

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Hey HickoryNut...If you see a bear in Indiana you better not shoot it...you would get arrested...no firearms allowed in the Indianapolis Zoo!!! :bonk:

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Hey HickoryNut...If you see a bear in Indiana you better not shoot it...you would get arrested...no firearms allowed in the Indianapolis Zoo!!! :bonk:

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That's a good one
 

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I Think I remeber seeing a Bear mount at JPG I think the bear was shot in Indiana may be at JPG. It's been along time but think the guy was from Madison. Last name Watterson. Could be Wrong
 

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Can't bearly take your humor!!!

Bear's did exist in Indiana in the 1800's. I've read accounts of bear hunting here in Northern Indiana just before the Civil War. To be honest I wouldn't be surprised if a black bear showed up somewhere in our state.
Hunting black bears in the Indy Zoo would be similar to "hunting" at Bellar's Place. And unlike the celebrity "hunters", who paid thousands, you'd only get nailed for the $15 entry fee. Even that enclosure would make his operation seem like a vast wilderness. Jimmy Houston would have some real opportunity in there, heck...he probably wouldn't even have to drug the bear, or put out the bait like he did on his Bellar's Hunt. ;) Tree, maybe you should go into comedy yourself.:corkysm55
 

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I have heard several urban myths about tame cougars and panthers let go by their owners after they could no longer take care of them. One story even told of a elder farmer chasing one out of his barn, seen also by his wife. One told of two bow hunters hunting about 125 yards apart, the one saw a big cat climb out of the tree next to the one his buddy climbed into in the early morning.

I heard of claims of black bears as far down as the Indiana , Michigan and Ohio borders. I am sure that it could be true.
 

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But my question was: Can you shoot these animals if you see them? Since Indiana doesnt recognize them as game animals, would there be a fine?
 

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I don't have a current reg book in front of me but I don't believe bobcats are considered game animals in Indiana but I do believe it is illegal to kill one because I believe they are considered an endangered species. I know this does not answer your question but just food for thought.

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Non Reg hunting

I would say its not legal to shoot any animal not listed in the regs.
In Ohio or Kentucky, if you shoot a bear and get caught, its against the law.
Big fines. Heard of a guy in Kentucky who shot a bear and found himself in all kinds of trouble.
 

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Tanker...Are those actual Wild Boar or Feral Hogs? I've never heard of Wild Boar or Wild Boar hunting in Indiana, at least not in the wild.

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They were released illegally, and got out of control.
We now have both russian wild boars and feral hogs, but they are not in large numbers anymore. A few are still killed each year.
 

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If there is no season for the species and it is not indigenous to Indiana you can shoot it. For example if you are hunting and see an elk you can shoot it. However this may not protect you from civil liability if you kill someone's pet.
 

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The guy that also hunt the one Urban zone farm I hunt was the guy who shot the Red Stag deer in Whitley county. Just as dnrlawman said, he was totally legal to harvest it.

Bobcats are no longer endangered here in Indiana, but they still are protected. I had one in a coyote trap last week, but he got out, seemed the trap got a corn cob stuck in it as well as the bobcats foot, he tore the heck out of the set and left a lot of tracks, looked like a big tom.

As for a bear, I guess you could always use the defense they use on South Park, "its charging us" LOL
 

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what's the deal with out of season deer kills? i read something about it on here somewhere, and the landowner i hunt on said something about it yesterday when i talked to them. do they just get permission/permits from the DNR to harvest deer out of season on their property due to crop damage, etc???
 
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