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Season Dates and Species

Maps of Hunting Areas
Hunting Zone Map

DMU A 1-3 | DMU B1 | DMU C 1-6 | DMU D 1-2
(including antler point regulation information)

2018-2019 Florida Resident Game and Furbearer
Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits

Seasons, dates and bag limits do not apply to wildlife management areas.

Season dates and bag limits for waterfowl and other migratory birds.

Only bows may be used. However, it is prohibited to use bows equipped with sights or aiming devices with electronic computational capabilities or light/laser projection during archery season.

Only crossbows and bows may be used.

Only muzzleloaders fired by wheel lock, flintlock, percussion cap or centerfire primer (including 209 primers) and crossbows and bows may be used. Muzzleloaders that can be loaded from the breech are not legal during muzzleloading gun

Centerfire rifles, shotguns, centerfire pistols, muzzleloaders, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, crossbows and bows may be used.

Live traps and snares (including power snares) can be used to take furbearers and wild hogs, but must be checked every 24 hours. The use of steel leg-hold traps, dog-proof raccoon traps and body-grip (conibear) traps is prohibited, except when permitted by the FWC.
 

ANTLERED DEER (deer that meet antler regulations within DMU)

Daily bag limit: 2 deer

Possession limit: 4 deer

Zone A

  • Archery season: July 28 – Aug. 26
  • Crossbow season: July 28 – Aug. 31
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Sept. 1-14
  • General gun season:
    • Sept. 15 – Oct. 14
    • Nov. 17 – Jan. 6

 

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 13 – Nov. 11
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 13 – Nov. 16
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Nov. 17-30
  • General gun season: Dec. 1 – Feb. 17

 

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 15 – Oct. 14
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 15 – Oct. 19
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Oct. 20 – Nov. 2
  • General gun season: Nov. 3 – Jan. 20

 

Zone D

  • Archery season: Oct. 20 – Nov. 21
  • Crossbow season:
    • Oct. 20 – Nov. 21
    • Nov. 26-30
  • Muzzleloading gun season:
    • Dec. 1-7
    • Feb. 18-24
  • General gun season:
    • Nov. 22-25
    • Dec. 8 – Feb. 17

 

ANTLERLESS DEER (deer without or with less than 5-inch antlers)

Daily bag limit:

  • During those portions of archery and crossbow seasons when antlerless deer may be taken – 2, either of which can be antlered or antlerless.
  • During those portions of general gun and muzzleloading gun seasons when antlerless deer may be taken – 2, only 1 of which may be antlerless.
  • During all other times – 2 antlered deer. Antlerless deer may only be taken using an antlerless deer permit (tag).

Possession limit: 4 deer

Zone A

  • Archery season:
    • DMU A2: July 28 – Aug. 5
    • DMU A3: July 28 – Aug. 12
  • Crossbow season:
    • DMU A2: July 28 – Aug. 5
    • DMU A3: July 28 – Aug. 12
  • General gun season:
    • DMU A2: Nov. 17-18
    • DMU A3: Nov. 17-20

 

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 13 – Nov. 11
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 13 – Nov. 11
  • General gun season: Dec. 28-30

 

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 15 – Oct. 14
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 15 – Oct. 14
  • Muzzleloading gun season: DMU C5: Oct. 20-21
  • General gun season: DMU C1: Nov. 16-19

DMU C2: Nov. 16-18

DMU C3: Nov. 16-18

DMU C4: Nov. 16-19

DMU C5: Nov. 3-4, Nov. 17-18

DMU C6: Nov. 16-19

 

DEER-DOG TRAINING SEASON

Zone A: Aug. 11-30

Zone B: Oct. 27 – Nov. 15

Zone C: Sept. 29 – Oct. 18

Zone D: Oct. 27 – Nov. 15

Zone D

  • Archery season: Oct. 20 – Nov. 21
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 20 – Nov. 21
  • Muzzleloading gun season: DMU D2: Dec. 1-2
  • General gun season: DMU D1:
    • Nov. 24-25
    • Dec. 29-30

DMU D2: Nov. 24-25, Dec. 15-16, Dec. 29-30

TURKEY (gobblers and bearded turkeys only)

Fall seasons 

Daily bag limit: 2 turkeys

Season and possession limit: 2 for all fall seasons combined

Zone A

  • Archery season: July 28 – Aug. 26
  • Crossbow season: July 28 – Aug. 31
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Sept. 1-14
  • Fall turkey season:
    • Oct. 8-14 (1)
    • Nov. 17 – Jan. 6 (1)

 

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 13 – Nov. 11
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 13 – Nov. 16
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Nov. 17 – Nov. 30
  • Fall Turkey season: Dec. 1 – Jan. 27 (1)

 

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept.15 – Oct. 14
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 15 – Oct. 19
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Oct. 20 – Nov. 2
  • Fall turkey season: Nov. 3 – Dec. 30 (1)

 

Zone D (except in Holmes County, where there is no fall harvest of turkeys allowed)

  • Archery season: Oct. 20 – Nov. 21
  • Crossbow season:
    • Oct. 20 – Nov. 21
    • Nov. 26-30
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Dec. 1-7
  • Fall turkey season:
    • Nov. 22-25 (1)
    • Dec. 8 – Jan. 13 (1)

 

Spring seasons (1)

Daily bag limit: 2 turkeys

Season and possession limit: 2 for all spring seasons

In Holmes County, the daily bag and season limit is 1.

North of State Road 70

  • Youth turkey weekend: March 9-10 (2)
  • Spring turkey season: March 16 – April 21

 

(1) - Shotguns, rifles, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, pistols, muzzleloaders, crossbows or bows may be used.

(2) - Only youth 15-years-old and younger can harvest turkey, but youth must be supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. However, adult supervisors with a hunting license and turkey permit can “call in” the turkey and otherwise participate in the hunt, but they cannot harvest turkey.

 

South of State Road 70

  • Youth turkey weekend: Feb. 23-24 (2)
  • Spring turkey season: March 2 – April 7

 

Rifles, shotguns, pistols, muzzleloaders, air guns, crossbows and bows may be used. Gray squirrel and quail also may be taken during archery, crossbow and muzzleloading gun seasons using the respective methods of take allowed during those seasons.

GRAY SQUIRREL

Statewide Oct. 13 – March 3

Daily bag limit: 12

Possession limit: 24

QUAIL

Statewide Nov. 10 – March 3

Daily bag limit: 12

Possession limit: 24

Bobcats and otters may be taken by rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloader, air gun, crossbow or bow. They also may be taken with live traps and snares.

Bag limits: No limit on bobcats and otters

Possession limits: Hunters may possess 1 untanned bobcat and otter pelt without CITES tags. Any additional pelts must have a CITES tag. There are no possession limits for trappers; however, possession of untanned pelts of either species is prohibited between April 1 and Nov. 30, unless pelt has a CITES tag. CITES tags can be obtained by calling 850-488-5878.

BOBCAT

Statewide hunting season: Dec. 1 – March 31

Statewide trapping season: Dec. 1 – March 1

OTTER

Statewide hunting and trapping season: Dec. 1 – March 1

May be taken year round by rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloader, air gun, crossbow or bow. May also be trapped, except for rabbit.

Daily bag limits: 12 rabbits. No limits on other species.

Possession limits: 24 rabbits. No limits on other species.