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Deer Hunting Seasons

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Combined Season Limit

  • Six: no more than two may be antlered.

This includes deer archery, youth deer gun, deer muzzleloader and deer gun seasons.

Deer taken during Jan. 1-15, 2021 count toward the 2020 combined season limit.

Deer taken during controlled hunts or during the holiday antlerless deer gun season do not count toward the combined season limit.

Antlered Deer Definition

Any deer, regardless of sex, with at least three inches of antler length above the natural hairline on either side.

Tracking Devices

Telemetric radio tracking devices for deer hunting are legal. However, thermal tracking devices are illegal.

Antlerless Deer Zones

Antlerless deer may only be harvested during firearm seasons on specified days and in zones open to antlerless harvest (see Antlerless Deer Zones (PDF)).

Unfilled Antlered Deer Licenses

An unfilled deer antlered license may be used to harvest an antlerless deer on the last day of that deer season in zones open to antlerless harvest.

Hunters must still comply with the limit restriction of no more than four antlerless deer during the deer muzzleloader and/or gun seasons (see Antlerless Deer Zones (PDF)).

Unfilled Deer Licenses

Unfilled resident and nonresident deer licenses are not valid for any other deer season. For example: an unfilled deer muzzleloader license is not valid for the deer gun or holiday antlerless deer gun seasons.

Unfilled resident and nonresident youth deer gun licenses are valid for deer gun and holiday antlerless deer gun seasons. Antlered youth deer gun licenses are not valid for holiday antlerless deer gun season.

License Requirements

Hunters must be in possession of all appropriate licenses before harvesting a deer.

Youth Resident (unless exempt):

  • Resident youths under 16 years of age must possess a resident youth deer license for that particular season for each deer hunted.
  • Resident youths 16 and 17 years of age must possess a resident youth hunting license and a resident youth deer license for that particular season for each deer hunted.

Jan. 1-15: must be in possession of a resident hunting license and a resident deer archery license for the current calendar year. Unfilled deer archery license (Jan. 1-15) may be used the following fall season.

Resident (unless exempt):

  • Resident Hunting License, and
  • Resident Deer License for that particular season for each deer hunted.

Jan. 1-15: must be in possession of a resident hunting license and a resident deer archery license for the current calendar year. Unfilled deer archery license (Jan. 1-15) may be used the following fall season.

Nonresident Youth (unless exempt):

  • Nonresident Youth Deer Either Sex License (exempt from nonresident hunting license) for that particular season for each deer hunted, or
  • Nonresident Youth Deer Antlerless License (exempt from nonresident hunting license) for that particular season for each deer hunted, or
  • Nonresident Deer License (exempt from nonresident hunting license) for that particular season or a resident lifetime hunting or combination hunting/fishing license.

Nonresident (unless exempt):

  • Nonresident Deer License (exempt from nonresident hunting license) for that particular season or a resident lifetime hunting or combination hunting/fishing license.

Season Dates & Bag Limits

Deer Archery

  • Oct. 1 – Jan. 15
  • Six: no more than two may be antlered. All deer taken during the deer archery season count toward the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer.

Youth Deer Gun

  • Oct. 16-18
  • Two: no more than one may be antlered. Harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited. All deer taken during the youth deer gun season are included in the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer, but are not included as part of the hunter’s regular deer gun season limit of four deer.

Youth Deer Gun Age Requirements

  • 17 years old and younger. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.

Deer Muzzleloader

  • Oct. 24 – Nov. 1
  • Four: no more than one may be antlered. Harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited. Antlerless harvest limits are set by zone. Zone 1: No antlerless harvest. Zones 2, 7 & 8: four antlerless. Zones 3, 4, 5, 6 & 9: two antlerless. Zone 10: one antlerless. See Antlerless Deer Zones (PDF). All deer taken during the deer muzzleloader season count toward the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer.

Deer Gun

  • Nov. 21 – Dec. 6
  • Four: no more than one may be antlered. Harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited. Antlerless harvest limits are set by zone. Zone 1: one antlerless. Zones 2, 7 & 8: four antlerless. Zones 3, 4, 5, 6 & 9: two antlerless. Zone 10: one antlerless. See Antlerless Deer Zones (PDF). All deer taken during the deer gun season count toward the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer.

Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun

  • Dec. 18-31
  • Two: antlerless only. Harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited. Deer taken during the holiday antlerless deer gun season do not count toward the hunter’s combined season limit of six deer.

Youth Deer Gun Accompanying Hunter Requirements

Accompanying adult hunter may not gun hunt, but may archery hunt provided they have the appropriate licenses.

Accompanying adult hunter may not possess any firearms for hunting purposes, see Carry of Firearms section on General Hunting Regulations for constitutional carry exemption(s).

Youth Deer Gun Season Turkey Opportunity

  • Oct. 16-18

Resident youths participating in the youth deer gun season may harvest a turkey (see map on Turkey Regulations for open counties and legal means of take), provided they have a fall turkey license (unless exempt). Nonresident youths participating in the youth deer gun season may also harvest a turkey (see map on Turkey Regulations for open counties and legal means of take), but must possess a nonresident hunting license and a fall turkey license (unless exempt).

Legal means of taking are the same as equipment described as legal for big game gun seasons (see Big Game Regulations). Turkey cannot be harvested within 100 yards of any bait (see Turkey Regulations). A turkey taken during the Youth Deer Gun season counts toward the statewide fall turkey bag limit of one.