September 12, 2022

As the Leaves Change, So Too Do Hunting Laws: What Midwesterners Need to Know This Deer Season

Why It Matters: Being aware of changes to state laws and regulations is the first step in any successful hunting season. Before the buck-of-a-lifetime walks into your crosshairs this year, make sure that you are up to speed on any changes that may or may not be taking effect this hunting season.


  • Midwestern states have seen their share of changes to hunting laws and regulations as the 2022 deer season approaches.
  • Among others, changes include license fee increases in Indiana, mandatory electronic reporting for successful deer harvests in Michigan, and the allowance of arrow-shooting airguns during firearm deer hunting seasons in Oklahoma.
  • The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) works to ensure that any changes to state hunting laws and regulations are scientifically based and advance the interests of America’s sportsmen and women.

As autumn creeps closer throughout the Midwest, the leaves are beginning to change. To many sportsmen and women, this change in color signals one thing: Deer season is nearly upon us. However, in some states, leaves are not the only thing that has changed. Knowing the changes in hunting laws and regulations – and when they take effect – is a must for every hunter. Here are a few changes that Midwestern hunters ought to be aware of heading into this deer season:

Although the leaves and the laws may change, the passion that hunters have for our time-honored traditions remains constant. Knowing the do’s-and-don’ts is the first step to a successful season, so check out your state’s wildlife management website to brush up on any laws and regulations that you may be unaware of, and rest assured that the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation will continue to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting, and trapping so that when laws change, they change for the better.

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