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FWC Deer Harvest Reporting System

NEW Options for Logging and Reporting Harvested Deer

Beginning this year, hunters will have the following new user-friendly options for logging and reporting their harvested deer:

Option A – Log and Report (Steps 1 and 2) on a mobile device with the FWC Fish|Hunt Florida App or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

Option B – Log (Step 1) on a paper deer harvest log and then report (Step 2) at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or Fish|Hunt Florida App or calling 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (888-486-8356)

Please scroll down to see how to log and report harvested deer using these new options as well as FAQs about harvest reporting requirements.

All hunters (including those under 16 years of age, resident hunters 65 years old and older, military personnel on leave for 30 days or less, and those hunting on their homestead in their county of residence*) must (Step 1) log their harvested deer prior to moving it from the point where the hunter located the harvested deer, and (Step 2) report their harvested deer within 24 hours.** 

Hunters exempt from license requirements who do not have an FWC customer ID number (CID) can obtain one by visiting GoOutdoorsFlorida.com and clicking “Create Customer Account.”
**Hunters must report harvested deer: 1) within 24 hours of harvest, or 2) prior to final processing of the deer, or 3) prior to the deer or any parts of the deer being transferred to a meat processor or taxidermist, or 4) prior to the deer leaving the state, whichever occurs first.

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NEW Options for Logging and Reporting Harvested Deer

Log and report (Steps 1 and 2) on a mobile device using the FWC Fish|Hunt Florida App.

Get instructions for using the FWC Deer Harvest Reporting app.

Tip: Before going afield to hunt, download the Fish|Hunt Florida App from the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play.

Where it's possible to connect to the internet, log and report (Steps 1 and 2) by logging into a customer account at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to report harvest online.

Tip: If you want to use this online option but don't have a customer account at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, create a customer account before going afield to hunt.

 

Hunters can log* (Step 1) on a paper deer harvest log. Hunters than have up to 24 hours to report** (step 2) by:

  • Logging into or creating a customer account at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by using the Fish|Hunt Florida mobile app.
  • Calling toll-free 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (888-486-8356). Select option “7” to begin the reporting process. The harvest report is not valid until you receive a confirmation number. If there is a valid email address on file, a summary of the submission and confirmation number also will be emailed.

Notes: 

*Hunters must log (Step 1) their harvested deer prior to moving it from the point of harvest, which is that point where the hunter located the harvested deer. 

**Hunters must report (step 2) harvested deer: 1) within 24 hours of harvest, or 2) prior to final processing of the deer, or 3) prior to the deer or any parts of the deer being transferred to a meat processor or taxidermist, or 4) prior to the deer leaving the state, whichever occurs first.

FAQs About Harvest Reporting Requirements

All hunters (including those under 16 years of age, resident hunters 65 years old and older, military personnel on leave for 30 days or less, and those hunting on their homestead in their county of residence*) must (Step 1) log their harvested deer prior to moving it from the point where the hunter located the harvested deer, and (Step 2) report their harvested deer within 24 hours.** 

Hunters exempt from license requirements who do not have an FWC customer ID number (CID) can obtain one by visiting GoOutdoorsFlorida.com and clicking “Create Customer Account.”
**Hunters must report harvested deer: 1) within 24 hours of harvest, or 2) prior to final processing of the deer, or 3) prior to the deer or any parts of the deer being transferred to a meat processor or taxidermist, or 4) prior to the deer leaving the state, whichever occurs first.

Hunters must log their harvested deer prior to moving it from the point of harvest, which is that point where the hunter located the harvested deer. 

Hunters must report harvested deer: 1) within 24 hours of harvest, or 2) prior to final processing of the deer, or 3) prior to the deer or any parts of the deer being transferred to a meat processor or taxidermist, or 4) prior to the deer leaving the state, whichever occurs first. 

NOTE: After a deer has been logged and prior to reporting it, hunters may field dress their deer and begin processing the meat themselves while afield or at camp. However, if a commercial meat processor is used, the harvested deer must be reported before transferring the deer or parts of the deer to a commercial processor. 

No.

You will still be able to log your harvest report. Once you regain cell service, open the mobile app and your harvest report will be automatically submitted. You will then receive a confirmation number.

 

Harvest Reporting does not require or use your location. Like other mobile apps, the Fish | Hunt Florida App is unable to retrieve your location unless you allow the app to access that information to use other app features such as forecasted sunrise and sunset times.

To see the harvest reporting option on the home screen of the Fish|Hunt Florida App, you may need to update your mobile app to the latest version. The way to update the app depends on your phone and app settings. You may need to manually update the app through the app store. Another way to update is by using the “sync” option within the app menu options. Depending on what selections you made when you originally downloaded the app, it may automatically update (for example, it may update only when you’re connected to WiFi).

Hunters should have an app-enabled mobile device with the Fish|Hunt Florida App (see mobile app instructions); a mobile device connected to the internet (see instructions for reporting online); or a deer harvest log with them in a backpack, fanny pack or pocket while hunting to avoid any delays in moving their harvested deer. Hunters will need the following information when reporting a harvested deer:

  • Name (first and last name of the person who harvested the deer)
  • Date of birth
  • FWC Customer ID number (CID)
  • Date of harvest
  • Time of harvest
  • Public or private land
  • County
  • Deer management unit
  • Wildlife management area (if applicable)
  • Method of take
  • Antlered or antlerless deer
  • Number of antler points (if antlered deer was indicated)
  • Antlerless male or female (if antlerless deer was indicated)
  • For deer taken on private lands, whether a deer program permit was used (Antlerless Deer Program permit or Private Lands Deer Management Program permit)
  • 6-digit Tag number (if a deer program permit was used)

The annual statewide bag limit is 5 deer per person of which no more than 2 deer can be antlerless. Learn more about bag limits including exemptions.

No. Once a deer has been logged and the confirmation number recorded, the harvest log is no longer required to be retained by the hunter.

Yes. All harvested deer must be logged and reported in addition to checking in at a check station at WMAs that operate check stations.  

Yes. After a harvested deer has been logged and prior to reporting it, hunters may field dress and dismember their deer while afield or at camp. However, if a meat processor is used, the harvested deer must be reported before transferring the deer or parts of the deer to a processor. 

Remember, hunters must log their harvested deer prior to moving it from the point of harvest, which is that point where the hunter located the harvested deer. 

Hunters must report harvested deer: 1) within 24 hours of harvest, or 2) prior to final processing of the deer, or 3) prior to the deer or any parts of the deer being transferred to a meat processor or taxidermist, or 4) prior to the deer leaving the state, whichever occurs first. 

Deer may be dismembered and/or transferred to another person in the field or camp but each deer, or each portion and part of the deer, shall have written information attached to it containing the first and last name and address of the person who harvested it; the date of harvest; the county or if applicable name of public hunting area where harvested; and the sex of the deer, and shall be readily traceable to the portion or portions of the animal bearing the sex identification.

Once a harvested deer has been reported through the Commission’s harvest reporting system, information recorded in the harvest log and the harvest reporting confirmation number must be attached to all deer, or parts thereof prior to being transferred to another party.  Hunters will need the following information when transferring a harvested deer, or parts thereof:

  • Name (first and last name of the person who harvested the deer)
  • Date of harvest
  • County or, if applicable, name of wildlife management area where harvested
  • Sex of deer (male or female)
  • Harvest Reporting Confirmation Number

Yes. Once a harvested deer has been successfully reported to the FWC and a confirmation number recorded, the following information must be attached to all deer, or parts thereof prior to being transferred to another party, including meat processors and taxidermists:

  • Name (first and last name of the person who harvested the deer)
  • Date of harvest
  • County or, if applicable, name of wildlife management area where harvested
  • Sex of deer (male or female)
  • Harvest Reporting Confirmation Number

Exempt hunters may report their harvest at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com by selecting “Harvest Reporting,” checking “Exempt Hunter,” and then entering their identifying information. Once logged in, select “Report” next to the “Deer Harvest Form” and complete each field with your harvest information and select “Submit.” Confirm that the information is correct and select “Submit.” Once submitted, you will receive your confirmation number. Please make note of your confirmation number as you will not be able to see your harvest history.

Hunters exempt from license requirements who do not have an FWC customer ID number (CID) can obtain one by going to GoOutdoorsFlorida.com and clicking “Create Customer Account.”

Hunters exempt from license requirements who do not have an FWC customer ID number (CID) can obtain one by going to GoOutdoorsFlorida.com and clicking “Create Customer Account.”

Antlered and antlerless deer harvested under Private Lands Deer Management Program permits and antlerless deer harvested under Antlerless Deer Program permits are excluded from a hunter’s annual bag limit. Deer harvested under these deer program permits must be logged and reported to the FWC’s harvest reporting system by the hunter who harvested the deer. Hunters can use multiple deer harvest logs to accommodate additional deer harvest.

NOTE: Only hunters who harvest a deer on lands participating in the Private Lands Deer Management Program or Antlerless Deer Program need to record the 6-digit tag number on their deer harvest log or app-enabled mobile device with the Fish|Hunt Florida App (see mobile app instructions); or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com (see online reporting instructions. 

 

A harvest reporting system will foster bag limit compliance and give the FWC another source of deer harvest data. The annual hunter phone survey will continue to be done after the season ends.