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Florida Hunting

Everything you need to plan your hunting trips in Florida, from maps and regulations to season dates, game animals, quotas, and hunt zones. Plus much more! Start your research right here.

Overview

Known For

The only home to the Osceola wild turkey, Florida’s hunting opportunities run far and wide. It’s a state you can pursue three native sub-species of whitetail deer (Florida coastal white-tailed deer, Florida white-tailed deer, and Florida Key deer), as well as alligators, wild hogs, and waterfowl.

Terrain

Florida’s terrain is geographically young, but it does contain 45 distinct terrestrial ecosystems, ranging from small islands of subtropical hammocks and rocklands to dry prairies, sandhills, scrubs, flatwoods, and floodplain forests.

Florida Hunting Seasons

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Season Start Date End Date
Alligator
Alligator – Early Harvest 1
Statewide. Other restrictions may apply.
Aug 15, 2022 Aug 21, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – Early Harvest 2
Statewide. Other restrictions may apply.
Aug 22, 2022 Aug 28, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – Early Harvest 3
Statewide. Other restrictions may apply.
Aug 29, 2022 Sep 4, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – Harvest 4
Statewide. Other restrictions may apply.
Sep 5, 2022 Nov 1, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – Late Harvest 1
Statewide. Other restrictions may apply.
Sep 12, 2022 Nov 1, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – Late Harvest 2
Statewide. Other restrictions may apply.
Sep 12, 2022 Nov 1, 2022
Alligator
Alligator – Late Harvest 3
Statewide. Other restrictions may apply.
Sep 12, 2022 Nov 1, 2022
Bobcat
Bobcat
Statewide. No limit. May be taken by rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloader, air gun, crossbow or bow.
Dec 1, 2022 Mar 31, 2023
Coyote
Coyote
Statewide. No limit. May be taken year round by rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloader, air gun, crossbow or bow.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Zone A
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Jul 30, 2022 Aug 28, 2022
Deer
Deer – Crossbow Zone A
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Jul 30, 2022 Sep 2, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Zone A
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Zone A
Youth Deer Hunt Weekend
Sep 10, 2022 Sep 11, 2022
Deer
Deer – Crossbow Zone C
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 21, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun Zone A
Early Season. Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer.
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Zone C
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Deer
Deer – Crossbow Zone B
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Zone B
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 13, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Zone C
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Oct 22, 2022 Nov 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – Archery Zone D
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Oct 22, 2022 Nov 23, 2022
Deer
Deer – Crossbow Zone D
Early Season. Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Oct 22, 2022 Nov 23, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Zone C
Youth Deer Hunt Weekend
Oct 29, 2022 Oct 30, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun Zone C
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer.
Nov 5, 2022 Jan 22, 2023
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Zone B
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 2, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun Zone A
Late Season. Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer.
Nov 19, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Deer
Deer – Gun Zone D
Early Season. Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer.
Nov 24, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – Youth Zone B
Youth Deer Hunt Weekend
Nov 26, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Deer
Deer – Crossbow Zone D
Late Season. Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer. See regulations.
Nov 28, 2022 Dec 2, 2022
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Zone D
Early Season. Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer.
Dec 3, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun Zone B
Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer.
Dec 3, 2022 Feb 9, 2023
Deer
Deer – Youth Zone D
Youth Deer Hunt Weekend
Dec 3, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Deer
Deer – Gun Zone D
Late Season. Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer.
Dec 10, 2022 Feb 19, 2023
Deer
Deer – Muzzleloader Zone D
Late Season. Antlered deer open. Certain restrictions apply to antlerless deer.
Feb 20, 2023 Feb 26, 2023
Dove
Dove – Season 1
Mourning and white-winged. Bag limit 15 per day.
Sep 24, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Dove
Dove – Season 2
Mourning and white-winged. Bag limit 15 per day.
Nov 12, 2022 Dec 4, 2022
Dove
Dove – Season 3
Mourning and white-winged. Bag limit 15 per day.
Dec 19, 2022 Jan 31, 2023
Duck
Duck – Teal and Wood Duck
Bag limit 6 per day.
Sep 17, 2022 Sep 21, 2022
Duck
Duck – Teal Only
Bag limit 6 per day.
Sep 22, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Duck
Duck – Youth Waterfowl 1
Limits vary on species.
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 12, 2022
Duck
Duck – All Duck 1
Bag limit 6 per day.
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Duck
Duck – All Duck 2
Bag limit 6 per day.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Duck
Duck – Youth Waterfowl 2
Limits vary on species.
Feb 11, 2023 Feb 11, 2023
Goose
Goose – Canada Goose 1
Bag limit 5 per day.
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 25, 2022
Goose
Goose – Light Goose 1
Bag limit 15 per day.
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Goose 2
Bag limit 5 per day.
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Goose
Goose – Canada Goose 3
Bag limit 5 per day.
Dec 1, 2022 Jan 30, 2023
Goose
Goose – Light Goose 2
Bag limit 15 per day.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Hog
Wild Hogs
Statewide. No limit. May be taken year round by rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloader, air gun, crossbow or bow.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Quail Game Type
Quail
Statewide. Bag limit 12 per day.
Nov 12, 2022 Mar 5, 2023
Rabbit
Rabbit
Statewide. Bag limit 12 per day. May be taken year round by rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloader, air gun, crossbow or bow.
Jan 1, 2022 Dec 31, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery Zone A
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Jul 30, 2022 Aug 28, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Crossbow Zone A
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Jul 30, 2022 Sep 2, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Muzzleloader Zone A
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Sep 3, 2022 Sep 16, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery Zone C
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Crossbow Zone C
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Sep 17, 2022 Oct 21, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Early Fall Zone A
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Oct 3, 2022 Oct 16, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Crossbow Zone B
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 18, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery Zone B
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Oct 15, 2022 Nov 13, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Muzzleloader Zone C
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Oct 22, 2022 Nov 4, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Early Fall Crossbow Zone D
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Oct 22, 2022 Nov 23, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Archery Zone D
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Oct 22, 2022 Nov 23, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Zone C
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Nov 5, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Muzzleloader Zone B
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Nov 19, 2022 Dec 2, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Late Fall Zone A
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Nov 19, 2022 Jan 1, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Early Fall Zone D
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Nov 24, 2022 Nov 27, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Late Fall Crossbow Zone D
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Nov 28, 2022 Dec 2, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Muzzleloader Zone D
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Dec 3, 2022 Dec 9, 2022
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Fall Zone B
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Dec 3, 2022 Jan 29, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Late Fall Zone D
Bearded turkeys only. 2 per season.
Dec 10, 2022 Jan 15, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Youth Spring South
South of State Road 70. Bag limit 2 per season.
Feb 25, 2023 Feb 26, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring South Zone
South of State Road 70. Bag limit 2 per season.
Mar 4, 2023 Apr 9, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Youth Spring North
North of State Road 70. Bag limit 2 per season.
Mar 11, 2023 Mar 12, 2023
Turkey Game Type
Turkey – Spring North Zone
North of State Road 70. Bag limit 2 per season.
Mar 18, 2023 Apr 23, 2023

Florida Hunting Regulations

Deer

Deer

Archery Season

Only bows may be used.

Crossbow Season

Only crossbows and bows may be used.

Muzzleloading Gun Season

Only muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows may be used. Only muzzleloading guns designed to have projectiles (bullets) loaded through the muzzle and fired by wheel lock, flintlock, percussion cap or centerfire primer (including 209 primers) may be used. Muzzleloading guns designed to allow accelerant (gun powder) to be loaded at the breech may be used during muzzleloading gun seasons.

General Gun Season

Centerfire rifles, shotguns, centerfire pistols, muzzleloaders, precharged pneumatic air guns, crossbows and bows may be used.

Youth Deer Hunt Weekend

Youth 15-years-old and younger can harvest any deer except spotted fawn, but youth must be supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. Youth may use any legal method of take (including dogs) for deer, with a limit of 1 deer for the weekend that counts towards the youth’s annual statewide bag limit. This weekend does not apply to wild- life management areas.

Bag Limit

The annual statewide bag limit is 5 deer per hunter of which no more than 2 deer can be antlerless (any deer, except a spotted fawn, without antlers or whose antlers are less than five inches in length).

Furbearers

Furbearers

General Regulations

  • Bobcat and otter may be trapped statewide Dec. 1 – March 1. No bag limits.
  • Raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk and nutria may be trapped statewide year round. No bag limits.
  • Minks, Everglades minks, weasels and round-tailed muskrats cannot be taken or possessed.

Migratory Birds

Dove

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before sunrise until sunset, unless otherwise noted

Dove – Bag Limit

Daily Limit: 15 Possession Limit: 45

Crow – Bag Limit

No Limit

King & Clapper Rail – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15

Sora & Virginia Rail – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 25

Snipe – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 8

Woodcock – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 3

Small Game

Small Game

Legal Weapons

Rifles, shotguns, pistols, muzzleloaders, air guns, crossbows and bows may be used. Gray squirrel and quail also may be taken during archery, crossbow and muzzleloading gun seasons using the respective methods of take allowed during those seasons.

Squirrel – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 12 Possession Limit: 24

Quail – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 12 Possession Limit: 24

Turkey

Turkey Game Type

Bag Limit

2 gobblers/bearded turkeys per season

Fall and Spring Wild Turkey

Shotguns, rifles, precharged pneumatic air guns, pistols, muzzleloaders, crossbows or bows may be used.

Youth Turkey Hunt Weekend

Youth 15-years-old and younger can harvest wild turkey, but youth must be supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. However, adult supervisors with a hunting license and turkey permit can “call in” a wild turkey and otherwise participate in the hunt, but they cannot shoot or shoot at wild turkey.

Waterfowl

Waterfowl

Shooting Hours

One-half hour before sunrise until sunset, unless otherwise noted

Non-Toxic Shot

No person may take ducks, geese or coots while possessing shot (either shellshots or as loose shot for muzzleloading) other than approved non-toxic shot. For a list of approved non-toxic shot see: https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-50/chapter-I/subchapter-B/part-20#p-20.21(j)(1). If you have any questions about migratory bird regulations, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 850-488-5878. For information on federal hunting regulations or violations, contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents: Groveland 352-429-1037; Ft. Myers 239-561-8144; Miami 305-526-2610; Vero Beach 772-469-4224 or Tallahassee 850-925-6121.

Ducks – Bag Limit

  • 6 (of which only 2 can be wood ducks)
  • 6 ducks, including no more than 2 mallards (of which only 1 can be female)
  • 4 sea ducks (of which no more than 3 may be scoters, long-tailed ducks, or eiders and no more than 1 may be a female rider), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 black ducks, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck (Florida duck) and 1 fulvous whistling-duck.
  • 1 scaup from Nov. 19-27 and Dec. 10 – Jan. 9, 2 scaup from Jan. 10-29 and during Youth and Veteran/Military hunt days.

Canada Goose – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 5

Common Gallinule (Moorhen) – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15

Coot – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15

Light Geese (Snow, blue and Ross’) – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 15

Merganser – Bag Limit

Daily Bag Limit: 5

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Florida Licenses, Permits and Regulations

Florida hunting licenses, permits, and regulations for resident and non-resident hunters can be purchased on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website. Click below to view the website.

Hunting GPS Maps

Every Florida hunter should have hunting GPS maps on hand. Florida hunting maps are available from onX Hunt. With a paid membership you can access Satellite, Topo, or Hybrid Basemaps, over which you can view maps of hunt zones, along with State, Forest Service, and other public and private property boundaries. You can view trails and roads, and even download maps to the Hunt App for use offline. Click below to get onX Hunt for Florida.

Hunting Zones

Florida has four hunt zones: Zone A, Zone B, Zone C, and Zone D. There are multiple sub-zones within each zone. For instance, Zone C contains hunt sub-zones DMU-C1 through DMU-C6. DMU stands for “Deer Management Unit,” and each of these zones and sub-zones has its own restrictions and antler regulations in place. Click below to view Florida’s hunt zones in more detail through an interactive map.

Hunting Layers

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FL Private Lands

Over 8,300,000 parcels mapped by the onX team, this layer helps you know who the property owners are in Florida. Tap any parcel to learn more info about the owner and acreage.

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FL Gov Lands

onX has the most accurate public lands maps with over 12,000,000 acres in Florida to help you plan your next adventure. Tap any public land parcel to learn more.

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FL Hunting Zones

Florida Deer Management Units and Hunting Zones. Please hunt responsibly, obey all signage and have a safe legal hunt.

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FL Possible Access

onX has mapped 2,000,000 acres of possible access lands in Florida including timber companies and land conservation groups. Research rules on these private lands before recreating.


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