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2016–2017 Florida Resident Game and Furbearer Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits

Species

Zone/statewide

Season dates

Bag limits

Archery Season A2

Crossbow Season C2

Muzzleloading M
Gun Season

General Gun Season D

Deer 1

Must have $5 Deer Permit as well as hunting license to hunt deer.

Zone A

Jul. 30 – Aug. 28
Antlered deer by bow or crossbow.

Antlerless deer by bow or crossbow:

DMU A1: Antlerless deer may not be taken
DMU A2: Jul. 30 – Aug. 7
DMU A3: Jul. 30 – Aug. 14

Jul. 30 – Sept. 2
Antlered deer by crossbow or bow.

Antlerless deer by crossbow or bow:

DMU A1: Antlerless deer may not be taken
DMU A2: Jul. 30 – Aug. 7
DMU A3: Jul. 30 – Aug. 14

Sept. 3–16
Antlered deer only by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Sept. 17 – Oct. 16 and Nov. 19 – Jan. 1 Antlered deer by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.

During Archery Season and first phase of Crossbow Season, daily bag limit is:
2 deer, either of which can be antlered or antlerless. However, antlerless deer may not be taken in DMU A1.

During Antlerless Deer Season, daily bag limit is:
2 deer, only 1 of which may be antlerless. However, there is no antlerless deer season in DMU A1.

During all other seasons (including second phase of Crossbow Season), daily bag limit is:
2 antlered deer, and antlerless deer may be taken by antlerless deer permit only.

Possession limit: 4 deer

Zone B

Oct. 15 – Nov. 13
Antlered or antlerless deer by bow or crossbow

Oct. 15 – Nov. 13
Antlered or antlerless deer by crossbow or bow

Nov. 14–18
Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow

Nov. 19 – Dec. 2
Antlered deer only by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Dec. 3 – Feb. 19 Antlered deer by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.

Zone C

Sept. 17 – Oct. 16
Antlered or antlerless deer by bow or crossbow

Sept. 17 – Oct. 16
Antlered or antlerless deer by crossbow or bow

Oct. 17–21
Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow

Oct. 22 – Nov. 4
Antlered deer by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.
In DMU C5, antlerless deer also may be taken Oct. 22–23 by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.

Nov. 5 – Jan. 22 Antlered deer by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.

Zone D

Oct. 22 – Nov. 23
Antlered or antlerless deer by bow or crossbow

Oct. 22 – Nov. 23
Antlered or antlerless deer by crossbow or bow

Nov. 28 – Dec. 2
Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow

Dec. 3–9 and Feb. 20–26
Antlered deer by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.
In DMU-D2, antlerless deer also may be taken Dec. 3–4 by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.

Nov. 24–27 and Dec. 10 – Feb. 19
Antlered deer by all legal rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.
For antlerless deer season dates, see  Zone D DMUs.

Species

Zone/statewide

Season dates

Bag limits

Archery Season A

Crossbow Season C

Muzzleloading M
Gun Season

Fall Turkey Season

Fall turkey

(gobblers and bearded turkeys only)

T

Zone A

Jul. 30 – Aug. 28
by bow or crossbow

Jul. 30 – Sept. 2
by crossbow or bow

Sept. 3–16
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Oct. 3–16 and Nov. 19 – Jan. 1 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Daily bag limit: 2

Season and possession limit: 2 for all fall seasons combined

Zone B

Oct. 15 – Nov. 13
by bow or crossbow

Oct. 15 – Nov. 18
by crossbow or bow

Nov. 19 – Dec. 2
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Dec. 3 – Jan. 29 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone C

Sept. 17 – Oct. 16
by bow or crossbow

Sept. 17 – Oct. 21
by crossbow or bow

Oct. 22 – Nov. 4
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Nov. 5 – Jan. 1 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone D 3

Oct. 22 – Nov. 23
by bow or crossbow

Oct. 22 – Nov. 23 and
Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 by crossbow or bow

Dec. 3–9
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Nov. 24–27 and Dec. 10 – Jan. 15 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Species

Zone/statewide

Season dates

Bag limits

Archery Season A

Crossbow Season C

Muzzleloading M
Gun Season

Quail Season

Quail D

Zone A

Jul. 30 – Aug. 28
by bow or crossbow

Jul. 30 – Sept. 2
by crossbow or bow

Sept. 3–16
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Nov. 12 – March 5 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Daily bag limit: 12
Possession limit: 24

Zone B

Oct. 15 – Nov. 11
by bow or crossbow

Oct. 15 – Nov. 11
by crossbow or bow

Nov. 12 – March 5 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone C

Sept. 17 – Oct. 16
by bow or crossbow

Sept. 17 – Oct. 21
by crossbow or bow

Oct. 22 – Nov. 4
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Nov. 12 – March 5 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone D

Oct. 22 – Nov. 11
by bow or crossbow

Oct. 22 – Nov. 11
by crossbow or bow

Nov. 12 – March 5 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Species

Zone/statewide

Season dates

Bag limits

Archery Season A

Crossbow Season C

Muzzleloading M
Gun Season

Gray Squirrel Season

Gray
squirrel
D

Zone A

Jul. 30 – Aug. 28
by bow or crossbow

Jul. 30 – Sept. 2
by crossbow or bow

Sept. 3–16
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Oct. 8 – March 5 by all legal rifles, shotguns, air guns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Daily bag limit: 12
Possession limit: 24

Zone B

Oct. 8 – March 5 by all legal rifles, shotguns, air guns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone C

Sept. 17 – Oct. 7
by bow or crossbow

Sept. 17 – Oct. 7
by crossbow or bow

Oct. 8 – March 5 by all legal rifles, shotguns, air guns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone D

Oct. 8 – March 5 by all legal rifles, shotguns, air guns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Species

Zone/statewide

Season dates

Bag limits

Youth Spring Turkey Hunt 5

Spring Turkey Season T

Spring
turkey

(gobblers and bearded turkeys only)

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South of State Road 70

Feb. 25–26 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

March 4 – April 9 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Daily bag limit: 2

Season and possession limit: 2 for spring season

North of State Road 70 except Holmes County

March 11–12 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

March 18 – April 23 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Holmes County

March 11–12 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

March 18 – April 2 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Daily bag and season limit: 1

Species

Zone/statewide

Season dates

Bag limits

Rabbit

Statewide

Year round by all legal rifles, shotguns, air guns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols D

Daily bag limit: 12

Possession limit: 24

Wild hog

Statewide

Year round by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows, pistols and air guns. Hunting license not required. Wild hogs also may be trapped but cannot be transported alive without permit from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture at 850-410-0900. D

No limit

Bobcat DF

Statewide

Dec. 1 – March 31 by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows, pistols and air guns

Those with a hunting license may pos­sess no more than 1 bobcat pelt between April 1 and Nov. 30, unless pelt has CITES tag. Also, bobcat pelts may not be taken out of Florida unless tagged. Bobcats may be chased with dogs year round.

No limit

Otter F

Statewide

Dec. 1 – March 1 by all legal rifles, shotguns, air guns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Those with a hunting license may pos­sess no more than 1 otter pelt between April 1 and Nov. 30, unless pelt has CITES tag. Also, otter pelts may not be taken out of Florida unless tagged.

No limit

Raccoon

Opossum

Coyote

Beaver

Skunk

Nutria

Statewide

Year round by all legal rifles, shotguns, air guns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols DF

Hunting raccoons or opossums at night is allowed, but only .22­-caliber rimfire firearms (other than .22-mag­nums) or single-shot .410-gauge shotguns (using shot not larger than size 6) may be used. Hunting raccoons or opossums by displaying or using lights from moving vehicles, vessels or animals is prohibited. It is illegal to transport wild-trapped live raccoons within, into or from the state, except by FWC permit or authorization.

No limits on any species

Deer–dog training

Zone A

Aug. 13 – Sept. 1

Those with a hunting license may train or toughen free-running deer dogs on private property during daylight hours, after first registering (at no cost) the tract of land with the FWC. While training, all deer dogs must have their FWC-issued registration number, along with the owner’s name and address on their collars. Copies of the registration must be in the hunter’s possession when training deer dogs.

Zone B

Oct. 29 – Nov. 17

Zone C

Oct. 1–20

Zone D

Oct. 29 – Nov. 17

A Must have $5 Archery Season Permit as well as hunting license. It is prohibited to use bows equipped with sights or aiming devices with electronic computational capabilities or light (laser) projection during Archery Season.

C Must have $5 Crossbow Season Permit as well as hunting license.

M Must have $5 Muzzleloading Gun Season Permit as well as hunting license. The only muzzleloaders that can be used during Muzzleloading Gun Season are those that are fired by wheel lock, flintlock, percussion cap or centerfire primer (including 209 primers). Muzzleloaders that can be loaded from the breech are not legal during Muzzleloading Gun Season.

D Free-running dogs may be used for hunting but must wear collars listing the owner’s name and address. When using dogs to hunt deer on private property, hunters must first register with the FWC (at no cost) the tract of land they have permission to hunt, and all deer dogs must have their FWC-issued registration number on their collars. Copies of the registration also must be in hunter’s possession when using dogs to pursue deer.

T Must have Turkey Permit ($10 for residents, $125 for nonresidents) as well as hunting license to hunt turkeys.

F A trapping license ($26.50) is required when trapping furbearers and when selling the pelts or meat of furbearing mammals, whether taken by trap, snare or gun. For trapping regulations and CITES tag requirements.

1 The state is divided into 12 Deer Management Units (DMUs); each with their own unique set of antler regulations on what is legal to take.

2 Antlerless deer: Deer (except spotted fawns) that do not have antlers or have antlers less than 5 inches in length. It is illegal to take spotted fawns.

3 In Holmes County, there is no fall harvest of turkeys allowed.

4 When hunting wild turkeys during the spring season on wildlife management areas, only shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot no larger in diameter than No. 2 may be used. Bows and crossbows, where allowed, also may be used. All rifles, pistols, buckshot and slugs are prohibited. This rule does not apply on private lands.

5 Only youth 15-years-old and younger are allowed to harvest a turkey while supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. However, adult supervisors with a hunting license and turkey permit are allowed to “call in” the turkey and otherwise participate in the hunt, but they are not permitted to harvest one. Any turkey harvested during the Youth Spring Turkey Hunt counts toward the youth hunter’s spring season limit of 2.

Seasons, dates and bag limits do not apply to wildlife management areas.

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