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Deer Seasons & Bag Limits

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Seasons, Dates & Bag Limits do not Apply to Wildlife Management Areas

Antlered Deer (deer that meet antler regulations within DMU)

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 – Nov. 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

Daily bag limit: 2 deer

Possession limit: 4 deer

Antlerless Deer (deer without or with less than 5-inch antlers)

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

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

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

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

Archery season — 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.

Crossbow season — Only crossbows and bows may be used.

Muzzleloading gun season — 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 season.

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