Florida Antlered Deer Season and Zone Dates

July 8, 2020

By: Staff Report

TAMPA, Fla. – ANTLERED DEER – deer with at least one antler 5 inches or more in length (see DMU pages for additional antler regulations) We have included a zone map that can be downloaded as well.

Zone A

  • Archery season: Aug. 1-30
  • Crossbow season: Aug. 1 – Sept. 4
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Sept. 5-18
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Sept. 12-13 *
  • General gun season:
    • Sept. 19 – Oct. 18
    • Nov. 21 – Jan. 3

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 17 – Nov. 15
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 17 – Nov. 20
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Nov. 21 – Dec. 4
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Nov. 28-29 *
  • General gun season: Dec. 5 – Feb. 21

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 19 – Oct. 18
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 19 – Oct. 23
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Oct. 24 – Nov. 6
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 *
  • General gun season: Nov. 7 – Jan. 24

Zone D

  • Archery season: Oct. 24 – Nov. 25
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 24 – Nov. 25, Nov. 30 – Dec. 4
  • General gun season: Nov. 26-29, Dec. 12 – Feb. 21
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Dec. 5-6 *
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Dec. 5-11, Feb. 22-28

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

Zone A

  • Archery season:
    • DMU A2: Aug. 1-9
    • DMU A3: Aug. 1-16
  • Crossbow season:
    • DMU A2: Aug. 1-9
    • DMU A3: Aug. 1-16
  • Youth deer hunt weekend:
    • DMU A2 and DMU A3: Sept. 12-13 *
  • General gun season:
    • DMU A2: Nov. 21-22
    • DMU A3: Nov. 21-24

Zone B

  • Archery season: Oct. 17 – Nov. 15
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 17 – Nov. 15
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Nov. 28-29 *
  • General gun season: Dec. 25-27

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 19 – Oct. 18
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 19 – Oct. 18
  • Muzzleloading gun season: DMU C5: Oct. 24-25
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 *
  • General gun season:
    DMU C1: Nov. 20-23 
    DMU C2: Nov. 20-22 
    DMU C3: Nov. 20-22 
    DMU C4: Nov. 20-23 
    DMU C5: Nov. 7-8, Nov. 21-22 
    DMU C6: Nov. 20-23

Zone D

  • Archery season: Oct. 24 – Nov. 25
  • Crossbow season: Oct. 24 – Nov. 25
  • Muzzleloading gun season: DMU D2: Dec. 5-6 
  • Youth deer hunt weekend: Dec. 5-6 *
  • General gun season:
    DMU D1: Nov. 28-29, Dec. 26-27 
    DMU D2: Nov. 28-29, Dec. 19-20, Dec. 26-27

Bag Limit

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, 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 under the Deer Depredation Permit Program, Private Lands Deer Management Permit Program and Antlerless Deer Permit Program (antlerless deer only), 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. 15 – Sept. 3

Zone B: Oct. 31 – Nov. 19

Zone C: Oct. 3-22

Zone D: Oct. 31 – Nov. 19

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