Established public hunting areas do not have 7-day antlerless deer season
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
reminds hunters that antlerless deer season does not apply on
FWC-managed lands that are part of its public hunting system.
Most of these 163 public hunting areas were established as
wildlife management areas, but others were established as wildlife
and environmental areas, national wildlife refuges, military bases,
public-use areas, public small-game hunting areas and places such
as the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area.
The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area was established and included
in the state's public hunting area system during the 2009-2010
hunting season. Those who hunt Kissimmee Chain enjoy many hunting
opportunities that are usually allowed only on private
Some of these opportunities include long hunting seasons, a
crossbow season, a fall turkey season and year-round hog hunting.
There also are no quota permits required for any of the area's
hunting seasons, and hunters don't even need the $26 management
area permit to hunt there, like they do on nearly every other
public hunting area.
But there is one important hunting regulation difference between
Kissimmee Chain and private lands: the take of antlerless deer
(does and bucks with antlers less than 5 inches in length) is
prohibited during all hunting seasons on the Kissimmee Chain of
So, while the antlerless deer season in Zone B might be running
Dec. 26 - Jan. 1, this seven-day season does not occur on Kissimmee
Chain, or on any other established public hunting area in the
Before hunting on any public hunting area, or even setting foot
on one, the FWC advises to first read the rules and
regulations brochures published for each area, which can be
found at MyFWC.com/Hunting and selecting "WMA Brochures."