What You Should Know About Deer Hunting in Florida

If you are interested in buying hunting land for sale in Florida, you should know that hunting season varies based on the type of animal you want to hunt. Deer is Florida’s most popular game species. A hunting license and permit are required when hunting deer by methods other than trapping.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) divides the state of Florida into four zones: Zone A, Zone B, Zone C, and Zone D. These zones determine the dates you are permitted to hunt deer as well as the type of weaponry that can be used. Weaponry such as bows, crossbows, and muzzleloaders require a license. This article will provide information for hunting antlered deer only. Please refer to the FWC website for specific guidelines for other animals (including antlerless deer).

Zone A

If you buy land in Zone A, hunting seasons are as follows:

  • Archery season is from July 28 through August 26
  • Crossbow season is from July 28 through August 31
  • Muzzleloading gun season is from September 1-14
  • General gun season is from September 15 through October 14 and November 17 through January 6

Zone B

If you buy land in Zone B, hunting seasons are as follows:

  • Archery season is from October 13 through November 11
  • Crossbow season is from October 13 through November 16
  • Muzzleloading gun season is from November 17-30
  • General gun season is from December 1 through February 17

Zone C

If you buy land in Zone C, hunting seasons are as follows:

  • Archery season is from September 15 through October 14
  • Crossbow season is from September 15 through October 19
  • Muzzleloading gun season is from October 20 through November 2
  • General gun season is from November 3 to January 20

Zone D

If you buy land in Zone D, hunting seasons are as follows:

  • Archery season is from October 20 through November 21
  • Crossbow season is from October 20 through November 21, and November 26-30
  • Muzzleloading gun season is from December 1-7 and February 18-24
  • General gun season is from November 22-25 and December 8 through February 17

No matter what zone you live in, there is a daily bag limit of two deer and a possession limit of four deer. If you are ready to purchase hunting land for sale in Florida, reach out to one of our expert land professionals today.

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