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Deer Seasons & Bag Limits

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A new harvest reporting system is now required for all deer hunters. See “Deer harvest reporting requirement” on General Information.

Antlered deer – deer with at least one antler 5 inches or more in length (see Deer Management Units (PDF) for additional antler regulations)

Antler Point Regulations

Zone A

  • Archery season: Aug. 3 – Sept. 1
  • Crossbow season: Aug. 3 – Sept. 6
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Sept. 7–20
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Sept. 14–15 1
  • General gun season: Sept. 21 – Oct. 20, Nov. 23 – Jan. 5

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 19 – Nov. 17
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 19 – Nov. 22
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Nov. 23 – Dec. 6
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 1
  • General gun season: Dec. 7 – Feb. 23

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 14 – Oct. 13
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 14 – Oct. 18
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Oct. 19 – Nov. 1
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Oct. 26–27 1
  • General gun season: Nov. 2 – Jan. 19

Zone D

  • Archery season: Oct. 26 – Nov. 27
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 26 – Nov. 27, Dec. 2–6
  • General gun season: Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, Dec. 14 – Feb. 23
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Dec. 7–8 1
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Dec. 7–13, Feb. 24 – March 1

Antlerless deer – deer (except spotted fawn) without antlers or antlers less than 5 inches

Zone A

  • Archery season: DMU A2: Aug. 3–11, DMU A3: Aug. 3–18
  • Crossbow season: DMU A2: Aug. 3-11, DMU A3: Aug. 3–18
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: DMU A2 and DMU A3: Sept. 14-15 1
  • General gun season: DMU A2: Nov. 23–24, DMU A3: Nov. 23–26

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 19 – Nov. 17
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 19 – Nov. 17
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 1
  • General gun season: Dec. 27–29

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 14 – Oct. 13
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 14 – Oct. 13
  • Muzzleloading gun season: DMU C5: Oct. 19–20
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Oct. 26-27 1
  • General gun season:
    • DMU C1: Nov. 22–25
    • DMU C2: Nov. 22–24
    • DMU C3: Nov. 22–24
    • DMU C4: Nov. 22–25
    • DMU C5: Nov. 2–3, Nov. 16–17
    • DMU C6: Nov. 22–25

Zone D

  • Archery season: Oct. 26 – Nov. 27
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 26 – Nov. 27
  • Muzzleloading gun season: DMU D2: Dec. 7–8
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Dec. 7-8 1
  • General gun season:
    • DMU D1: Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, Dec. 28–29
    • DMU D2: Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, Dec. 21–22, Dec. 28–29

Daily bag limit: 2 deer

  • During those portions of archery and crossbow seasons when antlerless deer can be taken, either deer may be antlered or antlerless.
  • During antlerless deer seasons, only 1 deer may be antlerless.
  • During all other seasons, only antlered deer may be taken. Antlerless deer can only be taken by antlerless deer permit/tag.

Possession limit: 4 deer

Annual bag limit: 5 deer of which only 2 can be antlerless.

Deer taken under the Deer Depredation Permit Program, Private Lands Deer Management Permit Program and Antlerless Deer Permit Program (antlerless deer only), and on licensed game farms and hunting preserves are excluded from bag (daily and annual) and possession limits.

Deer-dog training season

Zone A: Aug. 17 – Sept. 5

Zone B: Nov. 2–21

Zone C: Sept. 28 – Oct. 17

Zone D: Oct. 26 – Nov. 14

Hunting Zones and Deer Management Units (DMUs)

Archery season — Only bows may be used.

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. Firearms 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.

1 Youth deer hunt weekend – Youth 15-years-old and younger can harvest any deer except spotted fawn, but youth must be supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. Youth may use any legal method of take (including dogs) for deer, with a limit of 1 deer for the weekend that counts towards the youth’s annual statewide bag limit. This weekend does not apply to wildlife management areas.

2 Fall and spring turkey seasons – Shotguns, rifles, pre-charged pneumatic air guns, pistols, muzzleloaders, crossbows or bows may be used.

3 Youth turkey hunt weekend – Youth 15-years-old and younger can harvest turkey, but youth must be supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. However, adult supervisors with a hunting license and turkey permit can “call in” the turkey and otherwise participate in the hunt, but they cannot shoot or shoot at turkey.