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Hunting

Deer Seasons & Bag Limits

Antler Point Regulations

Antlered deer – antler regulations vary by deer management unit. Find DMU-specific regulations on Deer Management Units.

Zone A

  • Archery season: July 30 – Aug. 28
  • Crossbow season: July 30 – Sept. 2
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Sept. 3–16
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Sept. 10–11 1
  • General gun season: Sept. 17 – Oct. 16, Nov. 19 – Jan. 1

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 15 – Nov. 13
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 15 – Nov. 18
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Nov. 19 – Dec. 2
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Nov. 26–27 1
  • General gun season: Dec. 3 – Feb. 19

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 17 – Oct. 16
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 17 – Oct. 21
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Oct. 22 – Nov. 4
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Oct. 29–30 1
  • General gun season: Nov. 5 – Jan. 22

Zone D

  • Archery season: Oct. 22 – Nov. 23
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 22 – Nov. 23, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2
  • General gun season: Nov. 24–27,
    Dec. 10 – Feb. 19
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Dec. 3–4 1
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Dec. 3–9, Feb. 20–26

Antlerless deer – deer (except spotted fawn) without antlers or antlers less than 5 inches

Zone A

  • Archery season: DMU A2: July 30 – Aug. 7, DMU A3: July 30 – Aug. 14
  • Crossbow season: DMU A2: July 30 – Aug. 7, DMU A3: July 30 – Aug. 14
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: DMU A2 and DMU A3: Sept. 10–11 1
  • General gun season: DMU A2: Nov. 19–20, DMU A3: Nov. 19–22

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 15 – Nov. 13
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 15 – Nov. 13
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Nov. 26–27 1
  • General gun season: Dec. 30 – Jan. 1

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 17 – Oct. 16
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 17 – Oct. 16
  • Muzzleloading gun season:
    DMU C5: Oct. 22–23
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Oct. 29–30 1
  • General gun season:
    • DMU C1: Nov. 18–21
    • DMU C2: Nov. 18–20
    • DMU C3: Nov. 18–20
    • DMU C4: Nov. 18–21
    • DMU C5: Nov. 5–6, Nov. 19–20
    • DMU C6: Nov. 18–21

Zone D

  • Archery season: Oct. 22 – Nov. 23
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 22 – Nov. 23
  • Muzzleloading gun season: DMU D2: Dec. 3–4
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Dec. 3–4 1
  • General gun season:
    • DMU D1: Nov. 26–27, Dec. 31 – Jan. 1
    • DMU D2: Nov. 26–27, Dec. 17–18, Dec. 31 – Jan. 1

Daily bag limit: 2 deer

  • During those portions of archery and crossbow seasons when antlerless deer can be taken, either deer may be antlered or antlerless.
  • During antlerless deer seasons (see Deer Management Units), only 1 deer may be antlerless.
  • During all other seasons, only antlered deer may be taken. Antlerless deer can only be taken by antlerless deer permit/tag.

Possession limit: 4 deer

Annual bag limit: 5 deer of which only 2 can be antlerless.

Deer taken on private lands under the Antlerless Deer Permit Program (antlerless deer only), Private Lands Deer Management Permit Program and Deer Depredation Permit Program and on licensed game farms and hunting preserves are excluded from bag (daily and annual) and possession limits.

Deer-dog training season

Zone A: Aug. 13 – Sept. 1

Zone B: Oct. 29 – Nov. 17

Zone C: Oct. 1–20

Zone D: Oct. 29 – Nov. 17