Florida Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


Some of the most diverse hunting opportunities are offered during Florida hunting season. In addition to Deer, Hogs, and Turkey, Florida’s Alligator hunting season is a model for showing how hunting can be a tool for the stability of natural resources.

Hunting in Florida is divided into 4 different zones. Zone A is most of the state below State Road 70 and includes Lake Okeechobee. Zone B includes a pieces of Western Central Florida north of Tampa. Zone C includes everything around Zone B and north of Zone A into the the panhandle. State Road 61 separates Zones D and C. When planning your hunting trip to Florida, make sure to take into consideration which part of the state you would like to visit.

Deer Seasons

Archery

Zone A:
Zone B:
Zone C:
Zone D:

July 29-Aug. 27
Oct. 14-Nov. 12
Sept. 16-Oct. 15
Oct. 21-Nov. 22

Crossbow

Zone A:
Zone B:
Zone C:
Zone D:

July 29-Sept. 1
Oct. 14-Nov. 12
Sep. 16-Oct. 15
Oct. 21-Nov. 22

Muzzleloader

Zone A:
Zone B:
Zone C:
Zone D:

Sept. 2-15
Nov. 18-Dec. 1; Nov. 13-17*
Oct. 22-Nov. 4
Dec. 2-8; Feb. 19-25

Firearms

Zone A:
Zone B:
Zone C:
Zone D:

Sept. 16-Oct. 15; Nov. 18-Jan. 7*
Dec. 2-Feb. 18
Nov. 4-Jan. 21
Nov. 23-26; Dec. 9-Feb. 18

*Dates vary for antlered and antlerless deer

*Florida allows for bows to be used in all seasons, Crossbows to be used in Muzzleloading and firearm hunting seasons, and Muzzleloaders to be used in firearm seasons. You can always choose to use a more primitive method.


Turkey Seasons

Fall Archery

Zone A:
Zone B:
Zone C:
Zone D:

July 29-Aug. 27
Oct. 14-Nov. 12
Sep. 16-Oct 15
Oct. 21-Nov. 22

Fall Crossbow

Zone A:
Zone B:
Zone C:
Zone D:

July 29-Sept. 1
Oct. 14-Nov. 17
Sep. 16-Oct. 20
Oct. 21-Nov. 22; Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Fall Muzzleloader

Zone A:
Zone B:
Zone C:
Zone D:

Sept. 2-15
Nov. 18-Dec. 1
Oct. 21-Nov. 3
Dec. 2-8

Fall Firearms

Zone A:
Zone B:
Zone C:
Zone D:

Oct. -15; Nov. 18-Jan. 7
Dec. 2-Jan. 28
Nov. 4-Dec. 31
Nov. 23-26; Dec. 9-Jan. 14

Spring Season

North of State Road 70: Mar. 17-Apr. 22
South of State Road 70: Mar. 2-Apr. 8

Spring Youth Hunt

North of State Road 70: Mar. 10-11
South of State Road 70: Feb. 24-25

Small Game Seasons

Otter

Dec. 1-Mar. 31

No Limit

Rabbit

Year-round

Daily: 12

Wild Hog

Year-round

No Limit

Raccoon, Opossum, Coyote

Year-round

No Limit

Bobcat

Dec. 1-Mar. 31

No Limit