Deer Management Units (DMUs)

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DMUs April2013 with labels

Zone A  Zone B  Zone C  Zone D

Deer Management Attitude and Opinion Survey

Renowned natural resources survey company, Responsive Management, conducted a statewide randomized telephone survey of hunters, farmers, and the general public. This survey is the most comprehensive source of information ever compiled on public attitudes and opinions towards deer, deer management, and deer hunting regulations in Florida. This information, along with input collected from our statewide public input process, will help guide deer management in the coming years.

The results of the survey are reported by DMU in the final report.Adobe PDF
Note: Zone A is now proposed to be a single DMU.

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Zone A

Zone A DMU - Full report now available!
The summary report documenting the Zone A public input process including goals and objectives developed by a stakeholder Technical Assistance Group (TAG) has been completed. View the full report.Adobe PDF

FWC is currently reviewing the report to determine what rule change proposals, if any, are warranted to achieve the goals and objectives identified by the TAG. Be sure to sign up for Deer Management updates External Website to make sure you are notified about opportunities to provide feedback on any proposed rule changes. 

 

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Zones B & C

Public Input Process for Deer Management Units in Zones B and C: Central & North Florida
FWC has been providing interested stakeholders with an opportunity to share their opinions on deer management within the proposed Deer Management Units in Zones B and C. Stakeholder input is important in designing DMU management goals and objectives. Specifically, FWC gathered feedback on:

  • Deer population management
  • Antlerless deer take opportunities
  • Antler regulations
  • Bag limits
  • Other local deer issues
Public Meetings and Webinars
FWC recently hosted 3 webinars and 8 public meetings throughout Zones B and C and received valuable input from attendees regarding Deer Management in Zones B and C.  A summary report will be available later this summer at myfwc.com/deer.
Online Presentation
View the presentation Adobe PDF!
Technical Assistance Group

Technical assistance group (TAGs), composed of members of the public, have been established to review all available public comments and make recommendations to the FWC on the DMUs within Zones B and C. The public meetings and the TAG are being facilitated by a third-party vendor, Normandeau Associates, which will develop a summary report to the FWC this summer.

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Zone D

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Changes to Deer Regulations Adopted in Zone D

The rule change proposals that resulted from the Zone D public input process have been adopted and will be in effect for the 2014 – 2015 hunting season. The changes are outlined below and are also shown on the Season Dates and Bag Limits webpage.

Antler Regulations
The antler regulation in the portion of Zone D south of Interstate-10 (DMU D1) prohibits harvest of antlered deer that do not have at least one antler with two or more points (each point one or more inches in length). The antler regulation in the area north of Interstate-10 (DMU D2) prohibits harvest of antlered deer that do not have at least one antler with three or more points (each point one or more inches in length) OR one antler with at least 10 inches of main-beam. Youth, 15 years of age and younger, are exempt from antler regulations beyond the statewide 5-inch requirement.

Antlerless Deer Season
The antlerless deer season in Zone D has changed for the 2014 – 2015 season from the 7 consecutive day format that began the day after Christmas (December 26 – January 1) to the following:

DMU D1DMU D2
  • The first weekend of general gun season (Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29-30)
  • The fourth weekend of general gun season (weekend after Christmas, Dec. 27-28)
  • The first weekend of general gun season (Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29-30)
  • The first weekend of muzzleloading gun season (Dec. 6-7)
  • The third weekend of general gun season (Dec. 20-21)
  • The fourth weekend of general gun season (weekend after Christmas, Dec. 27-28)

 

Zone D DMU - Full report now available!

The summary report documenting the Zone D public input process including goals and objectives developed by a stakeholder Technical Assistance Group (TAG) has been completed. View the full report here! Adobe PDF
Note: DMUs 10 and 11 in the report have since changed names and are now DMUs D1 and D2, respectively.

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