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Deer Seasons

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Deer Hunting Seasons

See the maps on  Deer Zones page for either-sex season dates and exceptions to the seasons listed in this table.

  • Weapons seasons for deer on game lands follow the season for the county in which they are located except for Buffalo Cove Game Land, Nicholson Creek Game Land, Rockfish Creek Game Land, Sandhills Game Land and South Moun­tains Game Land. See the “Game Lands” section for additional restrictions on these Game Lands seasons. Refer to the “Game Lands” section for Gun Either-Sex Deer Season dates on game lands.

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Season Dates

Youth Deer Hunting Day

On this day, youth under the age of 18 may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either sex. September 22, 2018
See General Hunting Regulations for description of legal weapons. Hunters age 18 and older may only use the weapon legal for the type of season open in their county on this day. All hunters must wear hunter orange on this day, even if the hunter is using archery equipment.

Northeastern and Southeastern Deer Season

Archery Sept. 8 – Sept. 28, 2018
Blackpowder Sept. 29 – Oct. 12, 2018
Gun Oct. 13, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

Central Deer Season

Archery Sept. 8 – Oct. 26, 2018
Blackpowder Oct. 27 – Nov. 9, 2018
Gun Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

Northwestern Deer Season

Archery Sept. 8 – Nov. 2, 2018
Blackpowder Nov. 3 – Nov. 16, 2018
Gun Nov. 17, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

western Deer Season

Archery Sept. 8 – Sept. 30; Oct. 14 – Nov. 18, 2018; Dec. 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (antlered deer only)
Blackpowder Oct. 1 – Oct. 13, 2018
Gun Nov. 19 – Dec. 8, 2018