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Florida Deer Hunting Season Laws and Regulations

Antler Point Regulations

Florida Deer Hunting Season Laws and Regulations

Hunting Zones and Deer Management Units (DMUs)

Florida Deer Hunting Season Laws and Regulations

Florida Antlered Deer Hunting Season Dates by Zone

Zone A Deer Hunting Seasons

  • Archery: July 29 – Aug. 27
  • Crossbow: July 29 – Sept. 1
  • Muzzleloading Gun: Sept. 2 – Sept. 15
  • Youth Deer Hunt Weekend: Sept. 9 – Sept. 10
  • General Gun: Sept. 16 – Oct. 15 and Nov. 18 – Jan. 7

Zone B Deer Hunting Seasons

  • Archery: Oct. 14 – Nov. 12
  • Crossbow: Oct. 14 – Nov. 17
  • Muzzleloading Gun: Nov. 18 – Dec. 1
  • Youth Deer Hunt Weekend: Nov. 25 – Nov. 26
  • General Gun: Dec. 2 – Feb. 18

Zone C Deer Hunting Seasons

  • Archery: Sept. 16 – Oct. 15
  • Crossbow: Sept. 16 – Oct. 20
  • Muzzleloading Gun: Oct. 21 – Nov. 3
  • Youth Deer Hunt Weekend: Oct. 28 – Oct. 29
  • General Gun: Nov. 4 – Jan. 21

Zone D Deer Hunting Seasons

  • Archery: Oct. 21 – Nov. 22
  • Crossbow: Oct. 21 – Nov. 22, Nov. 27 – Dec. 1
  • General Gun: Nov. 23 – Nov. 26, Dec. 9 – Feb. 18
  • Youth Deer Hunt Weekend: Dec. 2 – Dec. 3
  • Muzzleloading Gun: Dec. 2 – Dec. 8, Feb. 19 – Feb. 25

Deer hunting seasons in Florida are divided by Deer Management Units (DMUs), with specific antler regulations for each DMU. For detailed DMU-specific regulations, hunters should refer to the Deer Management Units resource page.

Florida Antlerless Deer Hunting Season Dates by Zone

Zone A - Antlerless Deer Season Dates

  • DMU A2 Archery: July 29 – Aug. 6
  • DMU A3 Archery: July 29 – Aug. 13
  • DMU A2 Crossbow: July 29 – Aug. 6
  • DMU A3 Crossbow: July 29 – Aug. 13
  • Youth Deer Hunt DMU A2 & A3: Sept. 9 – Sept. 10
  • DMU A2 General Gun: Nov. 18 – Nov. 19
  • DMU A3 General Gun: Nov. 18 – Nov. 21

Zone B - Antlerless Deer Season Dates

  • Archery: Oct. 14 – Nov. 12
  • Crossbow: Oct. 14 – Nov. 12
  • Youth Deer Hunt: Nov. 25 – Nov. 26
  • General Gun: Dec. 29 – Dec. 31

Zone C - Antlerless Deer Season Dates

  • Archery: Sept. 16 – Oct. 15
  • Crossbow: Sept. 16 – Oct. 15
  • DMU C5 Muzzleloading Gun: Oct. 21 – Oct. 22
  • Youth Deer Hunt: Oct. 28 – Oct. 29
  • General Gun Varies by DMU:
    • DMU C1: Nov. 17 – Nov. 20
    • DMU C2: Nov. 17 – Nov. 19
    • DMU C3: Nov. 17 – Nov. 19
    • DMU C4: Nov. 17 – Nov. 20
    • DMU C5: Nov. 4 – Nov. 5, Nov. 18 – Nov. 19
    • DMU C6: Nov. 17 – Nov. 20

Zone D - Antlerless Deer Season Dates

  • Archery: Oct. 21 – Nov. 22
  • Crossbow: Oct. 21 – Nov. 22
  • DMU D2 Muzzleloading Gun: Dec. 2 – Dec. 3
  • Youth Deer Hunt: Dec. 2 – Dec. 3
  • General Gun Varies by DMU:
    • DMU D1: Nov. 25 – Nov. 26, Dec. 30 – Dec. 31
    • DMU D2: Nov. 25 – Nov. 26, Dec. 16 – Dec. 17, Dec. 30 – Dec. 31

Bag and Possession Limits

  • Daily Bag Limit: 2 deer
  • Possession Limit: 4 deer
  • Annual Bag Limit: 5 deer (max 2 antlerless)

Specific Season Regulations

  • Archery/Crossbow Seasons: Either antlered or antlerless deer may be taken.
  • Antlerless Seasons: Only 1 may be antlerless.
  • Other Seasons: Only antlered deer, unless with an antlerless deer permit/tag.

Exceptions to Limits

Deer harvested under specific programs such as the Antlerless Deer Permit Program, Private Lands Deer Management Permit Program, and Deer Depredation Permit Program, as well as those from licensed game farms and hunting preserves, are excluded from daily and annual bag and possession limits.

Deer-dog training season

Zone A: Aug. 12–31

Zone B: Oct. 28 – Nov. 16

Zone C: Sept. 30 – Oct. 19

Zone D: Oct. 28 – Nov. 16

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