Deer Management Units (DMUs)

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Zone A  Zone B  Zone C  Zone D

Deer Management Attitude and Opinion Survey

Renowned natural resources survey company, Responsive Management, conducted a statewide randomized telephone survey of hunters, farmers, and the general public. This survey is the most comprehensive source of information ever compiled on public attitudes and opinions towards deer, deer management, and deer hunting regulations in Florida. This information, along with input collected from our statewide public input process, will help guide deer management in the coming years.

The results of the survey are reported by DMU in the final report.Adobe PDF
Note: Zone A is now proposed to be a single DMU.

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Zone A

FWC has finished reviewing the final reportPDF Document submitted by Normandeau Associates which detailed input received from telephone surveys, web surveys, public meetings, and technical assistance group meetings regarding deer managerment in Zone A. Below are rule change proposals developed in response to the input received.

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Rule Change Proposal: Greater Antler Regulations for Zone A

Antler Point Regulations

Greater Antler Regulations (ARs) may be used to protect younger bucks from harvest. A goal developed by a Technical Assistance Group for Zone A was to protect 1.5 year old bucks from harvest while allowing the harvest of bucks 2.5 years old and older. In response, FWC is proposing greater antler regulations to protect yearlings (i.e., 1.5 years old) from harvest while allowing the harvest of bucks 2.5 years old and older. Because antler and body size generally increase with each year of age, a greater antler regulation is likely to increase the average antler size and body weight of antlered deer harvested in Zone A's DMU. Note: This is not trophy deer management which entails protecting bucks from harvest until they reach their maximum antler potential around 4.5 to 6.5 years old. Florida currently has a minimum antler length of five inches.

Proposed Rule Changes

The proposed antler regulations for DMUs A1 and A2 would require a deer to have at least one antler with two or more points (each point one ot more inches in length).

The proposed antler regulation in DMU A3 would prohibit the harvest of antlered deer that do not have at least one antler with three or more points (each point one or more inches in length)OR one antler with at least a 10 inch main-beam.

The proposed changes are for both private and public lands.

Youth under 16 years of age would be exempt from greater antler regulations (youth exemption would not apply to Holey Land WMA, Rotenberger WMA and Everglades WMA).

The purpose of the proposed APRs is to protect the majority of 1.5 year old bucks (yearlings) from harvest while allowing the harvest of 2.5 year old and older bucks. The goal is to increase the number of bucks in the population, improve buck to doe ratios, and increase the size of bucks harvested. If approved by the Commission, the proposed rules would begin with the 2015-2016 hunting season.

Survey - Give us your feedback on proposed changes to antler regulations for Zone AExternal Website.

Rule Change Proposal: Antlerless Deer Season in Zone A

During public opinion surveys, public meetings and technical assistance group meetings in Zone A, hunters expressed a strong preference to reduce doe harvest in Zone A in an effort to increase the deer population size.

 

DMU Population Size Goal Antlerless Deer Season Proposal
A1 Increase No antlerless deer take allowed except by permit
A2 Increase No antlerless deer take allowed except by permit
A3 Increase

Reduce antlerless deer days during general gun season from 7 to 2 days (Saturday/Sunday format).

Allow antlerless deer take during only the last 9 days of the archery/crossbow season

 

Survey - Give us your feedback on proposed changes to antlerless deer days for Zone AExternal Website.

 

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Zone B

FWC has finished reviewing the final report submitted by Normandeau Associates which detailed input received from telephone surveys, web surveys, public meetings, and technical assistance group meetings regarding deer management in Zone B. Below are two rule change proposals developed in response to the input received.

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Rule Change Proposal: Greater Antler Regulations for Zone B

Antler Point Regulations

Greater Antler Regulations (ARs) may be used to protect younger bucks from harvest. A goal developed by the DMU B1 Technical Assistance Group was to protect 1.5 year old bucks from harvest while allowing the harvest of bucks 2.5 years old and older.  FWC is proposing greater antler regulations to protect yearlings (i.e., 1.5 years-old) from harvest while allowing the harvest of bucks 2.5 years-old and older.  Because antler and body size generally increase with each year of age, a greater antler regulation is likely to increase the average antler size and body weight of antlered deer harvested in Zone B. 

Note: This is not trophy deer management which entails protecting bucks from harvest until they reach their maximum antler potential around 4.5 to 6.5 years old.  Florida currently has a minimum antler length regulation of 5 inches.

Proposed Rule Change

The proposed antler regulation in Zone B would prohibit the harvest of antlered deer that do not have at least one antler with three or more points (each point one or more inches in length)ORone antler with at least a 10 inch main-beam.

The proposed changes are for private and public lands.

Youth under 16 years of age would be exempt from greater antler regulations.  

The purpose of the proposed APRs is to protect the majority of 1.5 year old bucks (yearlings) from harvest while allowing the harvest of 2.5 year old and older bucks. The goal is to increase the number of bucks in the population, improve buck to doe ratios, and increase the size of bucks harvested. If approved by the Commission, the proposed rules would begin with the 2015-2016 hunting season.

Survey - Give us your feedback on proposed changes to antler regulations for Zone BExternal Website

Frequently Asked Questions

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Rule Change Proposal: Antlerless Deer Season in Zone B

During public opinion surveys, public meetings and technical assistance group meetings in Zone B, hunters expressed a preference to increase the deer population in Zone B. The proposed changes to the antlerless deer season format is intended to reduce the antlerless deer harvest, in particular, the harvest of female deer in order to increase the deer population.

FWC is considering changing the antlerless deer season for Zone B for the 2015–2016 season from its current 7 consecutive day format that begins the day after Christmas (December 26 – January 1) to 1 weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday format) occurring on the 2nd weekend of the general gun season. 

Survey - Give us your feedback on proposed changes to antlerless deer days for Zone BExternal Website

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Zone C

FWC has finished reviewing the final report submitted by Normandeau Associates which detailed input received from telephone surveys, web surveys, public meetings, and technical assistance group meetings regarding deer management in Zone C. Below are rule change proposals developed in response to the input received.

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Rule Change Proposal: Greater Antler Regulations for Zone C

Antler Point Regulations

Greater Antler Regulations (ARs) may be used to protect younger bucks from harvest. A common goal developed by Technical Assistance Groups for the DMUs within Zone C was to protect 1.5 year old bucks from harvest while allowing the harvest of bucks 2.5 years old and older.  FWC is proposing greater antler regulations to protect yearlings (i.e., 1.5 years-old) from harvest while allowing the harvest of bucks 2.5 years-old and older.  Because antler and body size generally increase with each year of age, a greater antler regulation is likely to increase the average antler size and body weight of antlered deer harvested in Zone C’s DMUs. 

Note: This is not trophy deer management which entails protecting bucks from harvest until they reach their maximum antler potential around 4.5 to 6.5 years old.  Florida currently has a minimum antler length regulation of 5 inches.

Proposed Rule Changes

The proposed antler regulations forDMUs C1, C2, C4, C5 and C6 of Zone Cwould prohibit the harvest of antlered deer that do not have at least one antler with three or more points (each point one or more inches in length)ORone antler with at least a 10 inch main-beam.

The proposed antler regulation inDMU C3 of Zone Cwould require a deer to have at least one antler with two or more points (each point one or more inches in length).

The proposed changes are for private and public lands.

Youth under 16 years of age would be exempt from greater antler regulations.  

The purpose of the proposed APRs is to protect the majority of 1.5 year old bucks (yearlings) from harvest while allowing the harvest of 2.5 year old and older bucks. The goal is to increase the number of bucks in the population, improve buck to doe ratios, and increase the size of bucks harvested. If approved by the Commission, the proposed rules would begin with the 2015-2016 hunting season.

Survey - Give us your feedback on proposed changes to antler regulations for Zone CExternal Website

Frequently Asked Questions

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Rule Change Proposal: Antlerless Deer Season in Zone C

During public opinion surveys, public meetings and technical assistance group meetings in Zone C, hunters expressed varying preferences regarding the deer population size in different DMUs.

 

DMU

Population Size Goal

Antlerless Deer Season Proposal

C1

Maintain or Increase

Reduce antlerless deer days during general gun season from 7 to 3 days (Friday/Saturday/Sunday format).

C2

Maintain or Increase

Reduce antlerless deer days during general gun season from 7 to 3 days (Friday/Saturday/Sunday format).

C3

Increase

Reduce antlerless deer days during general gun season from 7 to 2 days (Saturday/Sunday format).

C4

Maintain or Increase

Reduce antlerless deer days during general gun season from 7 to 3 days (Friday/Saturday/Sunday format).

C5

Maintain

Reduce from 7 consecutive days to 6 days on weekends (4 days with Saturday/Sunday format during general gun season and 2 days with Saturday/Sunday format during muzzleloading gun season).

C6

Maintain or Increase

Reduce antlerless deer days during general gun season from 7 to 3 days (Friday/Saturday/Sunday format).

 

Survey - Give us your feedback on proposed changes to antlerless deer days for Zone CExternal Website

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Zone D

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Changes to Deer Regulations Adopted in Zone D

The rule change proposals that resulted from the Zone D public input process have been adopted and will be in effect for the 2014 – 2015 hunting season. The changes are outlined below and are also shown on the Season Dates and Bag Limits webpage.

Antler Regulations
The antler regulation in the portion of Zone D south of Interstate-10 (DMU D1) prohibits harvest of antlered deer that do not have at least one antler with two or more points (each point one or more inches in length). The antler regulation in the area north of Interstate-10 (DMU D2) prohibits harvest of antlered deer that do not have at least one antler with three or more points (each point one or more inches in length) OR one antler with at least 10 inches of main-beam. Youth, 15 years of age and younger, are exempt from antler regulations beyond the statewide 5-inch requirement.

Antlerless Deer Season
The antlerless deer season in Zone D has changed for the 2014 – 2015 season from the 7 consecutive day format that began the day after Christmas (December 26 – January 1) to the following:

DMU D1DMU D2
  • The first weekend of general gun season (Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29-30)
  • The fourth weekend of general gun season (weekend after Christmas, Dec. 27-28)
  • The first weekend of general gun season (Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29-30)
  • The first weekend of muzzleloading gun season (Dec. 6-7)
  • The third weekend of general gun season (Dec. 20-21)
  • The fourth weekend of general gun season (weekend after Christmas, Dec. 27-28)

 

Zone D DMU - Full report now available!

The summary report documenting the Zone D public input process including goals and objectives developed by a stakeholder Technical Assistance Group (TAG) has been completed. View the full report here! Adobe PDF
Note: DMUs 10 and 11 in the report have since changed names and are now DMUs D1 and D2, respectively.

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