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Deer Seasons

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Deer Seasons

SEASONS

DATES

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Archery*

Statewide

Sept. 1 – Jan. 31

Hunters may use archery equipment during the muzzleloader, shotgun and handgun seasons provided they wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material displayed on the head chest, and back.

Crossbow*

Statewide

Sept. 1 – Jan. 31

Hunters may use crossbow equipment during the muzzleloader, shotgun and handgun seasons provided they wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material displayed on the head, chest, and back

Muzzleloader

Statewide

Oct. 5 – 13

Jan. 28 – Feb. 2

Muzzleloaders may be equipped with scopes.

Shotgun

Statewide

Nov. 9 – 18

Jan. 19 – 26

Muzzleloaders and handguns may be used during the shotgun seasons and may be equipped with scopes.**

Special Antlerless

Statewide
Oct. 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29 and Dec. 8 – 15.

Legal methods of take during these seasons include archery equipment, muzzleloaders, and shotguns. You may only take antlerless deer, or deer with both antlers less than 3 inches in length. Archery (including crossbow) hunters may take antlered bucks in October but NOT during the December antlerless season.

Handgun

Jan. 5 – 12

The handgun must be carried openly in a sling or in a holster and not concealed. See Deer Hunting for more details.

Youth/
Non-ambulatory
Disabled Hunt

Nov. 3

Hunters may use archery equipment, muzzeloaders, or shotguns. Additionally, non-ambulatory disabled adults may use a handgun in-lieu of a shotgun.