Deer Management Units (DMUs)

Would you like a say in how White-tailed Deer populations are managed in Florida?

DMUs April2013 with labels

Zone A  Zone B  Zone C  Zone D

Deer Management Attitude and Opinion Survey

Renowned natural resources survey company, Responsive Management, conducted a statewide randomized telephone survey of hunters, farmers, and the general public. This survey is the most comprehensive source of information ever compiled on public attitudes and opinions towards deer, deer management, and deer hunting regulations in Florida. This information, along with input collected from our statewide public input process, will help guide deer management in the coming years.

The results of the survey are reported by DMU in the final report.Adobe PDF
Note: Zone A is now proposed to be a single DMU.

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Zone A

Zone A DMU - Full report now available!
The summary report documenting the Zone A public input process including goals and objectives developed by a stakeholder Technical Assistance Group (TAG) has been completed. View the full report.Adobe PDF

FWC is currently reviewing the report to determine what rule change proposals, if any, are warranted to achieve the goals and objectives identified by the TAG. Be sure to sign up for Deer Management updates External Website to make sure you are notified about opportunities to provide feedback on any proposed rule changes. 


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Zones B & C

DMUs within Zones B and C Survey External Website

Public Input Process for Deer Management Units in Zones B and C: Central & North Florida
FWC is providing interested stakeholders with an opportunity to share their opinions on deer management within the proposed Deer Management Units in Zones B and C. Stakeholder input is important in designing DMU management goals and objectives and your input is needed and valued. Specifically, FWC is looking for feedback on:

  • Deer population management
  • Antlerless deer take opportunities
  • Antler regulations
  • Bag limits
  • Other local deer issues

Normandeau Associates, Inc., of Gainesville, FL, has been contracted to work with FWC to facilitate stakeholder meetings and input. We have created a diverse system for public input that includes meetings, webinars, and online comments. All input will be recorded and used by FWC staff for further consideration of what changes, if any, may be recommended within these DMUs.

Meeting Information and Dates
The most direct way to get involved and make sure your voice is heard is to attend one of the three public meetings to be held in April of 2014. Each meeting will include presentations on the reasons for implementing DMUs and how DMU-based management works as well as results of the recent statewide survey of deer hunters, farmers and the general public. All participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts and opinions on deer management in Zones B and C of North and Central Florida.

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST at Tommy Usher Comm, 506 SW 4th Ave, Chiefland, FL 32626
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST at Monticello Opera House, 185 West Washington Street, Monticello, FL 32345
  • Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST at Chateau Elan Sebring, 150 Midway Drive, Sebring, FL 33870
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST at Ramada Lakeland Hotel and Conference Center, 3260 US Highway 98 N., Lakeland, FL 33805
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST at SWFL Water Management District - TPA Governing Board Room, 7601 US Hwy 301 N, Tampa, FL 33637
  • Monday, April 21, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST at Holiday Inn Lake City, 213 SW Commerce Drive, Lake City, FL 32025
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2104, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST at First Baptist Church of Deland, 725 N Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL 32720
  • Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST at Bethel Creek House, 4405 Highway A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Webinar Information and Dates

You are invited to attend a webinar hosted by FWC about deer management in Florida. The focus of the webinar will be on Zones B and C, north and central Florida. We will be presenting background information on deer management in Florida and results of a recent statewide public survey regarding deer in Florida.

Following the presentation, FWC Deer Management staff will be available to answer questions.

Please join us to learn more and to share your opinions and ideas for how to best manage deer in north and central Florida.

To join the webinar you will need a computer connected to the internet and a telephone so you can call the toll free number and listen to the presentation while viewing it on your computer.

We hope you will attend!

Webinar dates and times (eastern time):

  • Monday, April 14, 2014, 2:00pm till 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:00am till 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:00pm till 1:00pm

Sign up for a webinar! External Website

Online Presentation and Comments
We want to hear from you even if you cannot attend a webinar or public meeting. View the presentation Adobe PDF! Take the survey External Website!

Technical Assistance Group
A technical assistance group (TAG), composed of members of the public, will be established to review all available public comments and make recommendations to the FWC on the DMUs within Zones B and C. The public meetings and the TAG will be facilitated by a third-party vendor, Normandeau Associates, which will develop a summary report to the FWC. Up to 25 TAG members will be chosen based upon their expertise, their representation of an important interest group and their willingness to dedicate some time to better deer management in Zones B and C. Anyone interested will be able to apply for TAG membership at the public meetings or on the FWC’s website.

Apply to be on one of the TAGs in Zones B or C.

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Zone D

Proposed Changes to Deer Regulations in Zone D

FWC has finished reviewing the final report submitted by Normandeau Associates which detailed public input received from telephone surveys, web surveys, public meetings, and technical assistance group meetings regarding deer management in Zone D’s Deer Management Units (DMU’s). The proposals are as follows:

Antler Point Regulations
FWC is proposing an Antler Point Regulation (APR) in the portion of Zone D south of Interstate-10 (DMU D1) that would require a deer to have at least one antler with two or more points (each point one or more inches in length), and an APR in the area north of Interstate-10 (DMU D2) that would require a deer to have at least one antler with three or more points (each point one or more inches in length). Youth 15 years of age and younger would be exempt from APRs on private lands and on some WMAs (they could harvest deer with 5 inch or larger antlers). The purpose of these proposed APRs are to protect the majority of 1.5 year old bucks (yearlings) from harvest while allowing the harvest of 2.5 year old and older bucks. The goal is to increase the number of bucks in the population, improve buck to doe ratios and increase the size of bucks harvested. If approved by the Commission, the proposed rules would begin with the 2014-2015 hunting season. Take a brief survey on this rule proposal │ View detailed background information.

New!The proposed APR for DMU D2 has recently been changed to also include the option to harvest antlered deer with 10 inch main beams.  This means a legal antlered deer in D2 if the proposal is approved would be either: one with 3 points on one side OR one with a 10-inch main beam on one side.

Give us your feedback on the NEW proposal for DMU D2 External Website


Antlerless Deer Season
FWC is considering changing the antlerless deer season in Zone D for the 2014 – 2015 season from its current 7 consecutive day format that begins the day after Christmas (December 26 – January 1) to 2 weekends (Saturday and Sunday only) of the general gun season in the portion of Zone D south of I-10 (DMU D2) and 3 weekends during the general gun season and 1 weekend during the muzzleloading gun season in the portion of Zone D north of I-10 (DMU D2). Take a brief survey on this rule proposal. │View detailed background information.

Zone D DMU - Full report now available!

The summary report documenting the Zone D public input process including goals and objectives developed by a stakeholder Technical Assistance Group (TAG) has been completed. View the full report here! Adobe PDF
Note: DMUs 10 and 11 in the report have since changed names and are now DMUs D1 and D2, respectively.

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