2018 Major Changes

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Major regulation and rule changes for this season are listed below. There are many other changes not listed here. Hunters are responsible for learning requirements and regulations pertaining to the types of hunting they pursue.

  • Dove hunting dates have been shifted later to coincide with cooler weather, and first-phase shooting hours now start a half-hour before sunrise.
  • Pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air guns firing single bullets or bolts/arrows are now allowed on private lands to take deer (minimum .30-cal.) during general gun seasons and turkey (minimum .20-cal.) during fall and spring turkey seasons. On WMAs, PCP air guns firing single bullets or bolts/arrows are allowed to take deer (minimum .30-cal.) and turkeys (minimum .20-cal.) where they are legal game during general gun seasons, and those firing only bolts/arrows are allowed during spring turkey seasons. Air guns are not legal during archery, crossbow and muzzleloading gun seasons on private and public (WMAs) lands.
  • Three new public hunting areas have been established: 8,096-acre Plank Road WMA in Leon and Jefferson counties managed by the Florida Forest Service; 1,873-acre Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Rolling Meadows Unit in Polk County managed by the South Florida Water Management District; and 1,460-acre Everglades Headwaters Hatchineha Unit also in Polk County owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. See public hunting areas section  for hunting opportunities on these areas.