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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.

  • Crossbow season has been extended only on private lands to run concurrent with archery season, and during that time, deer of either sex may be taken. The use of crossbows on wildlife management areas during archery season is still prohibited except by those individuals with a disabled crossbow permit.
  • Hunting season dates have been modified on many WMAs. These adjustments align these areas more closely with the newly adopted zonal season dates, which took effect on private lands last year.
  • All rifles, pistols, buckshot and slugs are now prohibited during spring turkey hunts on WMAs. Only shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns, using shot no larger in diameter than No. 2 may be used. Bows and crossbows, where allowed, may also be used.
  • Two-day supervised youth spring turkey hunts have been established on 78 WMAs. Forty-nine of the 78 areas require youth turkey quota permits, and only those youths who will be less than 16 years old on the last day of the youth turkey hunt can apply for these permits (see Public Hunting Areas).
  • A new 914-acre public hunting area has been established in the Northwest Region—Juniper Creek in Calhoun County. The area features several youth and family hunts (see hunting opportunities and location of this area).
  • A new 4,189-acre public hunting area has been established in the Northeast Region—Fellsmere Area 1 Public Small-Game Hunting Area in Indian River County. The area features fishing and waterfowl hunting (location of this area).
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