CWD Hunting Regulations
Executive Order Number: EO 23-30
FWC Executive Order 23-30, signed by FWC Executive Director Roger Young on Sept. 7, 2023
Existing regulations pertaining to the establishment of the CWD Management Zone, baiting and feeding restrictions, prohibition of rehabilitating or releasing injured or orphaned deer and export of high-risk parts remain in effect.
New actions include:
- All deer harvested from Dec. 9-10, 2023, in Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties will be required to be checked at a staffed FWC check station prior to being transported to a hunter’s home, a meat processor or a taxidermist.
- The take of antlerless deer will be allowed during the entire general gun season in Deer Management Unit D2, except in WMAs, which have their own regulations. Bag limits and all other antlerless deer season dates remain unchanged.
- The take of antlerless deer will be allowed in the parts of Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties located in Deer Management Unit D1 during the mandatory check station weekend on Dec. 9 and 10, except in WMAs. Bag limits and all other antlerless deer season dates remain unchanged.
Executive Order Number: EO 23-19
FWC Executive Order 23-19, signed by FWC Executive Director Roger Young on Jun. 19, 2023
New actions include:
- Establishment of a CWD Management Zone centered around the location of the positive sample. The CWD Management Zone includes the portions of Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties north of Interstate 10, east of State Road 81 and west of U.S. Highway 231. See a map of the CWD Management Zone.
- The prohibition of exporting whole cervid (deer) carcasses and high-risk carcass parts originating from the CWD Management Zone.
- The prohibition of baiting or feeding deer within the CWD Management Zone with limited exceptions.
- The prohibition of rehabilitating or releasing injured or orphaned white-tailed deer originating within the CWD Management Zone.
New Commission Rule Changes in Effect
Commission rule changes prohibit importing or possessing whole carcasses or high-risk parts of deer, elk, moose, caribou and all other species of the deer family originating from any place outside of Florida. These rules replace FWC Executive Order 19-41.
Under these rules, people may import into Florida:
- De-boned meat
- Finished taxidermy mounts
- Antlers; hides; and skulls, skull caps and teeth if all soft tissue has been removed.
In addition, the rules allow an exception for deer harvested from a property in Georgia or Alabama if such property is bisected by the Florida state line and is under the same ownership.