Season Dates and Bag Limits by Zone

Maps of Hunting Areas

 Hunting Zone Map | DMU A 1-3 | DMU B1 | DMU C 1-6 | DMU D 1-2

2015-2016 Florida Hunting Season Dates

You may also download the 2015-16 Season Dates Adobe PDF in a printable format.

Seasons and dates are not applicable to wildlife management areas and other lands managed by the Commission.

Species Zone/
statewide
Archery Season (A) (2) Crossbow Season (C)(2) Muzzleloading Gun Season(M) General Gun Season (D)

Deer (1)

Must have $5 Deer Permit as well as hunting license to hunt deer.

Zone A

Aug. 1-30

Antlered deer entire season by bow only.

Antlerless deer:

DMU A1 – May only be taken by antlerless deer permit
DMU A2 – Aug. 1-9
DMU A3 – Aug. 1-16
by bow only

Aug. 1 – Sept. 4

Antlered deer entire season by crossbow or bow only.

Antlerless deer:

DMU A1 – May only be taken by antlerless deer permit
DMU A2 – Aug. 1-9
DMU A3 – Aug. 1-16
by crossbow or bow only

Sept. 5-18

Antlered deer only by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow 

Sept. 19 – Oct. 18 and Nov. 21 – Jan. 3

Antlered deer entire season by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.

For antlerless deer season dates, see Deer Management Unit pages for Zone A.

Zone B

Oct. 17 – Nov. 15

Antlered or antlerless deer by bow only  

Oct. 17 – Nov. 15

Antlered or antlerless deer
by crossbow or bow only

Nov. 16-20

Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow 

Nov. 21 – Dec. 4

Antlered deer only by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow 

Dec. 5 – Feb. 21

Antlered deer entire season by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows. 

For antlerless deer season dates, see Deer Management Unit pages for Zone B.

Zone C

Sept. 19 – Oct. 18

Antlered or antlerless deer by bow only  

Sept. 19 – Oct. 18

Antlered or antlerless deer
by crossbow or bow only

Oct. 19-23

Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow 

Oct. 24 – Nov. 6

Antlered deer by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.

In DMU C5, antlerless deer also may be taken Oct. 24-25 during antlerless deer season.

Nov. 7 – Jan. 24

Antlered deer entire season by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows. 

For antlerless deer season dates, see Deer Management Unit pages for Zone C.

Zone D

Oct. 24 – Nov. 25

Antlered or antlerless deer by bow only  

Oct. 24 – Nov. 25

Antlered or antlerless deer
by crossbow or bow only

Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow

Dec. 5-11 and Feb. 22-28

Antlered deer by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.


In DMU D2, antlerless deer also may be taken Dec. 5-6 during antlerless deer season.

Nov. 26-29 and Dec. 12 – Feb. 21

Antlered deer entire season by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.

For antlerless deer season dates, see Deer Management Unit pages for Zone D.

Bag Limit

Deer:

During Archery Season and first phase of Crossbow Season, daily bag limit is:
2 deer, either of which can be antlered or antlerless. However, antlerless deer may only be taken by antlerless deer permit in DMU A1

During Antlerless Deer Season,

daily bag limit is:
2 deer, only 1 of which may be antlerless. However, there is no antlerless deer season in DMU A1

During all other seasons (including second phase of Crossbow Season),

daily bag limit is: 2 antlered deer, and antlerless deer may be taken by antlerless deer permit only.

Possession limit: 4 deer

Fall turkey (gobblers and bearded only) (T)

Zone A

Aug. 1 - 30

by bow only

Aug. 1 - Sep. 4

by crossbow or bow only

Sept. 5-18

by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow only

Oct. 5-18 and Nov. 21 - Jan. 3

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone B

Oct. 17 - Nov. 15

by bow only

Oct. 17 - Nov. 20

by crossbow or bow only

Nov. 21 - Dec. 4

by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow only

Dec. 5 - Jan. 31

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone C

Sept. 19 - Oct. 18

by bow only

Sept. 19 - Oct. 23

by crossbow or bow only

Oct. 24 - Nov. 6

by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow only

Nov. 7 - Jan. 3

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone D (3)

Oct. 24 - Nov. 25

by bow only

Oct. 24 – Nov. 25 and Nov. 30 - Dec. 4

by crossbow or bow only

Dec. 5-11

by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow only

Nov. 26 – 29 and Dec. 12 – Jan. 17

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Bag Limit

Fall turkey:

Daily bag limit: 2

Season and possession limit: 2 for all fall seasons combined

Quail (D)

 

Zone A

Aug. 1 - 30

by bow only

Aug. 1 - Sep. 4

by crossbow or bow only

Sept. 5-18

by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow only

Nov. 14 - Mar. 6

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone B

Oct. 17 - Nov. 13

by bow only

Oct. 17 - Nov. 13

by crossbow or bow only

 

Nov. 14 - Mar. 6

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone C

Sep. 19 - Oct. 18

by bow only

Sep. 19 - Oct. 23

by crossbow or bow only

Oct. 24 - Nov. 6

by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow only

Nov. 14 - Mar. 6

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone D

Oct. 24 - Nov. 13

by bow only

Oct. 24 - Nov. 13

by crossbow or bow only

 

Nov. 14 - Mar. 6

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Bag Limit

Quail:
Daily bag limit: 12
Possession Limit: 24

Gray Squirrel (D)

 

Zone A

Aug. 1 - 30

by bow only

Aug. 1 - Sep. 4

by crossbow or bow only

Sept. 5-18

by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow only

Oct. 10 - Mar. 6

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone B

     

Oct. 10 - Mar. 6

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone C

Sept. 19- Oct. 9

by bow only

Sept. 19 - Oct. 9

by crossbow or bow only

 

Oct. 10 - Mar. 6

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Zone D

     

Oct. 10 - Mar. 6

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Bag Limit

Squirrel:
Daily bag limit: 12
Possession limit: 24

Spring turkey

gobblers and bearded only)

(4)

 

Youth Spring Turkey Hunt (5)

Spring Turkey Season (T)

   
South of State Road 70

Feb. 27-28

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Mar. 5 - Apr. 10

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

   

North of State Road 70 except Holmes County

March 12-13

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

March 19 - April 24

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

   

Holmes County

March 12-13

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

March 19 - Aprl 3

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

   
Bag Limit

Spring Turkey Daily

Bag limit: 2

Season and possession limit: 2 for spring season

Holmes Daily bag and season limit:1

Rabbit

Statewide

Year-round by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols (D)

Bag Limit:

Daily bag limit: 12
Possession limit: 24

Wild hog

Statewide

Year-round by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols.  Hunting license not required. Wild hogs also may be trapped but cannot be transported alive without permit from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture at 850-410-0900. (D)

Bag Limit: No Limits

Bobcat (D)(F)

 

Statewide

Dec. 1 - March 31

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Those with a hunting license may pos­sess no more than 1 bobcat pelt between April 1 and Nov. 30, unless pelt has CITES tag.  Also, bobcat pelts may not be taken out of Florida unless tagged.  Bobcats may be chased with dogs year round.

Bobcat: No Limits

Otter (F)

Statewide

Dec. 1 - March 1

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Those with a hunting license may pos­sess no more than 1 otter pelt between April 1 and Nov. 30, unless pelt has CITES tag.  Also, otter pelts may not be taken out of Florida unless tagged. 

 

Otter: No Limits

Raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk, nutria

Statewide

 

Year-round

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols (D)(F)

Hunting raccoons or opossums at night is allowed, but only .22­-caliber rimfire firearms (other than .22-mag­nums) or single-shot .410-gauge shotguns (using shot not larger than size 6) may be used.  Hunting raccoons or opossums by displaying or using lights from moving vehicles, vessels or animals is prohibited.  It is illegal to transport wild-trapped live raccoons within, into or from the state, except by FWC permit or authorization.

Bag Limit: No limits on any species

Deer-dog training

Zone A

Aug. 15 - Sep. 3

Those with a hunting license may train or toughen free-running deer dogs on private property during daylight hours, after first registering (at no cost) the tract of land with the FWC.  While training, all deer dogs must have their FWC-issued registration number, along with the owner’s name and address on their collars.  Copies of the registration must be in the hunter’s possession when training deer dogs.  

Zone B

Oct. 31 - Nov. 19

Zone C

Oct. 3-22

Zone D

Oct. 31 - Nov. 19

 

(A) Must have $5 Archery Season Permit as well as hunting license.  It is prohibited to use bows equipped with sights or aiming devices with electronic computational capabilities or light (laser) projection during Archery Season.

(C) Must have $5 Crossbow Season Permit as well as hunting license.

(M) Must have $5 Muzzleloading Gun Season Permit as well as hunting license.  The only muzzleloaders that can be used during Muzzleloading Gun Season are those that are fired by wheel lock, flintlock, percussion cap or centerfire primer (including 209 primers).  Muzzleloaders that can be loaded from the breech are not legal during Muzzleloading Gun Season.

(D) Free-running dogs may be used for hunting but must wear collars listing the owner’s name and address.  When using dogs to hunt deer on private property, hunters must first register with the FWC (at no cost) the tract of land they have permission to hunt, and all deer dogs must have their FWC-issued registration number on their collars.  Copies of the registration also must be in hunter’s possession when using dogs to pursue deer.

(T) Must have Turkey Permit ($10 for residents, $125 for nonresidents) as well as hunting license to hunt turkeys.

(F) A trapping license ($26.50) is required when trapping furbearers and when selling the pelts or meat of furbearing mammals, whether taken by trap, snare or gun.  For trapping regulations and CITES tag requirements, see page 26. 

(1) The state has been divided into 12 Deer Management Units (DMUs); each with their own unique set of antler regulations on what is legal to take.  See Deer Management Unit pagesfor new antler regulations and changes to the antlerless deer seasons in the areas you hunt.  

(2) Antlerless deer –Deer (except spotted fawns) that do not have antlers or have antlers less than 5 inches in length.  It is illegal to take spotted fawns.

(3) In Holmes County, there is no fall harvest of turkeys allowed.

(4) When hunting wild turkeys during the spring season on wildlife management areas, only shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns using shot no larger in diameter than No. 2 may be used.  Bows and crossbows, where allowed, also may be used.  All rifles, pistols, buckshot and slugs are prohibited.  This rule does not apply on private lands.

(5) Only youth 15-years-old and younger are allowed to harvest a turkey while supervised by an adult, 18 years or older.  However, adult supervisors with a hunting license and turkey permit are allowed to “call in” the turkey and otherwise participate in the hunt, but they are not permitted to harvest one.  Any turkey harvested during the Youth Spring Turkey Hunt counts toward the youth hunter’s spring season limit of 2.

 

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