White-tailed deer management in Florida is a conservation success story. By the 1930s deer were absent from much of Florida, however, today they are found throughout the state thanks to science-based wildlife and habitat management.
White-tailed deer are the most popular game species in Florida. In addition to being valued by hunters, deer are appreciated by hikers, wildlife photographers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
FWC’s Hunting and Game Management Division applies scientific expertise to manage Florida’s hunting activities and associated wildlife resources, ensuring that conservation objectives are met and hunting opportunities are sustainable. FWC also provides training and information to encourage safe, responsible hunting.
South Florida Deer Research Project
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has partnered with University of Georgia to conduct a large-scale white-tailed deer research project in South Florida. The research investigates several aspects of deer ecology in Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. To learn more about the project please visit the South Florida Deer Research Project website.
Private Lands Deer Management
For technical assistance with deer management, please contact the nearest FWC regional office.
Florida Deer Management Resources
New World Screwworm - The USDA has confirmed the presence of New World Screwworm in Key deer from Big Pine Key and No Name Key. It is the first infestation in the United States in more than 30 years. Hunters can play an important role in screwworm surveillance and preventing its spread. See fact sheet for details.
Research & Technical Reports