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Deer Season Archery Regulations

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New Format for Deer Hunting Regulations!

Deer hunting regulations are now easier to read and understand. The nine Regulation Sets have been reformatted into two tables — one each for archery and firearm hunting.

Regulation Sets: groups of deer management zones with the same season length and bag limits still exist in the Game Code and are used by wildlife managers to develop deer management strategies.

Archery Deer Hunting by Season and Zone • 2020–21

Season

Dates

Zones**

Bag Limits

Notes

Fall Bow Sept. 12–Oct. 2, 2020a

Oct. 3–30, 2020b

2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47* 5 antlerless and 1 antlered a – First deer must be antlerless during this period (not required for Youth hunters)

b – Either sex

5, 19, 25, 42, 48 9 antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken)
6, 7, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 12, 13*, 14, 15, 17, 36, 41, 49, 50, 51 unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken
except for Zone 6)
Oct. 3–30, 2020 21, 23, 24, 34*, 43, 45, 46 1 deer, either sex
1, 3*, 4, 18, 22, 26 2 deer, 1 antlered and 1 antlerless
30*, 55, 63*, 65 2 deer, 1 antlered and 1 antlerless
Youth Day Archery Sept. 26, 2020 ALL Zones Listed Above 1 deer, either sex Must be accompanied by licensed, non-hunting adult
Permit Bow Oct. 31–Nov. 21, 2020 21, 23, 24, 34*, 43, 45, 46 1 deer, either sex Antlered deer may be taken when the hunter possesses both an Antlered Buck Bow Permit and a valid zone-specific antlerless deer permit.
1, 3*, 4, 18, 22, 26 2 deer, 1 antlered and 1 antlerless
30, 55, 63*, 65 2 deer, only 1 may be antlered
Oct. 31–Dec. 24, 26–31, 2020 2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47* 5 antlerless and 1 antlered
5, 19, 25, 42, 48 9 antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken)
6, 7, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 12, 13*, 14, 15, 17, 36, 41, 49, 50, 51 unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken
except for Zone 6)
Winter Bow Jan. 1–31, 2021 21, 23, 24, 34*, 43, 45, 46 1 deer, either sex
1, 3*, 4, 18, 22, 26 2 deer, 1 antlered and 1 antlerless
30*, 55, 63*, 65 2 deer, 1 antlered and 1 antlerless
2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47* 5 antlerless and 1 antlered
5, 19, 25, 42, 48 9 antlerless and 1 antlered
6 unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered
Jan. 1–Feb. 20, 2021 7, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 12, 13*, 14, 15, 17, 36, 41, 49, 50, 51 unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken)

 

Firearm Deer Hunting by Season and Zone • 2020–21

Season

Zones**

Dates

Bag Limits

Notes

Six-Day Firearm ALL zones listed below Dec. 7–12, 2020 2 antlered deer
(only one buck at a time may be taken)
If 2 antlered deer are harvested, the opportunity to take an antlered deer during the Permit Shotgun Season is forfeited.
Youth Day Firearm ALL zones listed below Nov. 21, 2020 1 deer, either sex Must be accompanied by a licensed, non-hunting adult
Permit Muzzleloader 21, 23, 24, 34*, 43, 45, 46 Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 19–24, 26–31, 2020 1 deer, either sex Antlered deer may be taken only when the hunter possesses both an Antlered Buck Muzzleloader Permit and a valid zone-specific antlerless deer permit.
1, 3*, 4, 18, 22, 26 Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 14, 15, 19–24, 26–31, 2020 2 deer; 1 antlered and 1 antlerless
6, 30*, 55, 63*, 65 Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 14, 15, 19–24, 26–31, 2020; Jan. 1–9, 2021 2 deer
2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47* Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 14, 15, 19–24, 26–31, 2020; Jan. 1–9, 2021 5 antlerless and 1 antlered
5, 19, 25, 42, 48 Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 14, 15, 19–24, 26–31, 2020; Jan. 1–30, 2021 9 antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken)
7, 8, 9*, 12, 17, 41 Antlerless only: Dec. 7–12, 2020

Either sex: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 14, 15, 19–24, 26–31, 2020;
Jan. 1–Feb. 13, 2021

unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken)
10, 11, 13*, 14, 15, 36, 49, 50, 51 Antlerless only: Nov. 23–25, 27, and Dec. 7–12, 2020

Either sex: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 14, 15, 19–24, 26–31, 2020;
Jan. 1–Feb. 13, 2021

unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken)
Permit Shotgun 1, 3*, 4, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 34*, 43, 45, 46 Dec. 16–18, 2020 1 deer, either sex Antlered deer may be taken only when the hunter possesses both an Antlered Buck Shotgun Permit and a valid zone-specific antlerless deer permit.
6, 30*, 55, 63*, 65 Dec. 16–18, 2020 2 deer
2, 16, 27*, 28*, 29*, 31*, 35*, 47* Dec. 16–18, 2020 and
Jan. 9–16, 2021
5 antlerless and 1 antlered
5, 19, 25, 42, 48 Dec. 16–18, 2020;
Jan. 2–30, 2021
9 antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken)
7, 8, 9*, 12, 17, 41 Antlerless only: Dec. 7–12, 2020

Either sex: Dec. 16–18, 2020; Jan. 2–Feb. 13, 2021

unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken)
10, 11, 13*, 14, 15, 36, 49, 50, 51 Antlerless only: Nov. 23-25, 27 and Dec. 7–12, 2020

Either sex: Dec. 16–18, 2020; Jan. 2–Feb. 13, 2021

unlimited antlerless and 1 antlered
(2 deer at a time may be taken)