I have a lifetime concealed carry permit for Indiana, so I don't worry much about carrying my handguns. I'm more concerned that I'll screw up when hauling my muzzle loader or shotgun to my hunt area. I grew up in Wisconsin and there you have to be unloaded and enclosed within a carrying case. I know people in Wis who got arrested for leaning an unloaded gun up against their car while they took off hunting clothes. When I lived in Alabama, everyone just unloaded the guns and set them on the back seat. I'd just like to know what is required by law so that I don't break a law by accident. Indiana hunting regs are very specific in some areas (they tell you that it's OK to use decoys for deer hunting)
They even list the max and min cartridge case lengths for rifles shooting pistol cartridges. They list what calibers are legal to use on deer and what calibers aren't legal. But there is absolutely no reference to carrying firearms in a vehicle (other than the reference to having to be cased and empty on an ATV).
sorry for the late response.
I hunt with a muzzleloader as well, and it is my understanding from the Hunting Ed clase You can load your powder and bullet, but not have a primer in the weapon until you are in stand and only during legal hunting hours. That is the only condition for MLs I am aware of.
This was take n directly from the 2008-2009 Inidana Hunting Guide
"[font=itcgaramondstd-bknarrow][font=itcgaramondstd-bknarrow][size=1]Legal hunting hours for all deer seasons are
[left]from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half[/left][left]hour after sunset. A muzzleloading firearm may[/left][left]be possessed in the field before and after legal[/left][left]hunting hours as long as the percussion cap[/left][left]has been removed from the nipple, in the case[/left][left]of percussion arms, or the pan is not primed, in[/left][left]the case of flintlock arms. A long bow, crossbow[/left][left]or compound bow may be possessed in the field[/left][left]before and after legal hunting hours only if[/left][left]the nock of the arrow is not placed on the bow[/left]string."
Shotgun and rifle possession isn't really spelled out as clearly, but I would not have them loaded until you get into your stand if you arrive before legal shooting time. I would also unload them when legal shooting hours expire before getting down from stand. Other than that I have never heard of anyone being harrassed, around here anyway, becasue they have an unloaded gun in their possession. My grandfather carried a shotgun in a truck rack for years in plain sight and no one ever said anything to him.