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2020 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.

  • A new public hunting area in northeast Florida, Silver Springs Forest WMA, has been established. The 4,900-acre tract in Marion County offers archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game, hog and spring turkey hunting, as well as fishing and frogging.
  • Hunters may not bring into Florida or possess whole carcasses or certain carcass parts of any species of the family Cervidae (deer, elk, moose, caribou) originating from anywhere outside of Florida. Visit MyFWC.com/Deer for more information, details and updates on these requirements.
  • The new Veteran’s and Military Waterfowl Hunting Days will occur Feb. 6-7. This opportunity to hunt ducks, geese, mergansers, coots and common gallinules (moorhens) is only for veterans and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves.
  • Beginning July 1, 2021, dogs pursuing deer, wild hog, fox or coyote must have collars equipped and monitored with devices that allow remote tracking (GPS or telemetry). On July 1, 2022, an additional corrective device will also be required on the collars of such hunting dogs.