Florida Wildlife Adventure Availability Dates

Florida Hunting Season & Florida Fishing Season

Florida Deer Hunting Season Dates

Deer (1) All hunters have $5 Deer Permit as well as hunting license to hunt deer.
ZONEARCHERY SEASONCROSSBOW SEASONMUZZLELOADING GUN SEASONGENERAL GUN SEASON
Zone AAug. 1-30 Antlered deer entire season by bow only. Antlerless deer: DMU A3 – Aug. 1-16 by bow onlyAug. 1-Sept 4 Antlered deer entire season by crossbow or bow only. Antlerless deer: DMU A3 – Aug. 1-16 by crossbow or bow onlySept. 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

DMU-A3

All antlered deer must have at least 3 points (1 inch or more in length) on one side OR have a main beam length of 10 inches or more to be legal to take. Hunters 16 years of age and older may not take during any season or by any method an antlered deer that does not have an antler with at least 3 points or a main beam length of at least 10 inches. However, youth 15-years-old and younger may take any antlered deer with at least one antler 5 or more inches in length.

Antlerless deer are deer that do not have antlers or have antlers less than 5 inches in length. It is illegal to take spotted fawns. Antlerless deer season on private lands only is Nov. 20-23

Additional Permits and Regulations

Florida Hunting Regulations

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Hunting Licenses

Florida Residents and Visitors need a Florida hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the “exempted” groups of people. Your license is required to be with you when you are engaged the licensed activity.

Replacement licenses cost $2

Nonresident hunting license annual – $151.50, Nonresident 10 day – $46.50

Florida Turkey Hunting Season Dates

Fall & Spring Turkey – Gobblers, and bearded only
Fall Turkey
ZONEARCHERY SEASONCROSSBOW SEASONMUZZLELOADING GUN SEASONGENERAL GUN SEASON
Zone AAug. 1-30 by bow only. Aug. 1-Sept 4 by crossbow or bow only. Sept. 5-18 by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow Oct. 5 – Oct. 18 and Nov. 21 – Jan. 3
by all legal rifles, pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.
Spring Turkey
ZONEYOUTH SPRING TURKEY HUNTSPRING TURKEY SEASON
Zone AFeb. 27 – 28 by all legal rifles, pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows. Mar. 5 – Apr. 10 by all legal rifles, pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.

Additional Permits and Regulations

Florida Hunting Regulations

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

Only youth 15-years-old and younger are allowed to harvest a turkey while supervised by an adult, 18 years or older during the Youth Spring Turkey Hunting Season.  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.

Hunting Licenses

Florida Residents and Visitors need a Florida hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the “exempted” groups of people. Your license is required to be with you when you are engaged the licensed activity.

Replacement licenses cost $2

Nonresident hunting license annual – $151.50, Nonresident 10 day – $46.50

2015-2016 Mourning and White-Winged Dove Season Dates

  • Phase 1: September 26, 2015 – October 26, 2015
  • Phase 2: November 14, 2015 – December 7, 2015
  • Phase 3: December 12, 2015 – January 15, 2016
Shooting Hours:
  • Phase 1: Noon to sunset
  • Phases 2 and 3: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession):15/45

Florida Quail Hunting Season Dates

ZONEARCHERY SEASONCROSSBOW SEASONMUZZLELOADING GUN SEASONGENERAL GUN SEASON
Zone AAug. 1-30 by bow only. Aug. 1-Sept 4 by crossbow or bow only. Sept. 5-18 by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow Nov. 14 – Mar. 6
by all legal rifles, pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.

Additional Permits and Regulations

Florida Hunting Regulations

Hunting Licenses

Florida Residents and Visitors need a Florida hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the “exempted” groups of people. Your license is required to be with you when you are engaged the licensed activity.

Replacement licenses cost $2

Nonresident hunting license annual – $151.50, Nonresident 10 day – $46.50

Florida Wild Hog Hunting Season Dates

ZONESEASON
StatewideYear-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

Additional Permits and Regulations

Florida Hunting Regulations

Hunting Licenses

Florida Residents and Visitors need a Florida hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license unless they are a member of one of the “exempted” groups of people. Your license is required to be with you when you are engaged the licensed activity.

Replacement licenses cost $2

Nonresident hunting license annual – $151.50, Nonresident 10 day – $46.50