Hunting Seasons

Hunting Season is always a special time of the year. Whether you are planning on waiting patiently in a deer stand to bag that trophy buck or sitting knee deep in the marsh hoping to bag a band. Being able to take advantage of all the hunting seasons is why The Waterfowl Hunter has put together the hunting dates for Florida.

These dates serve as a general guide for more specific hunting visit Florida Fish and Wildlife. 

Deer

Zone A

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season July 29,2017 Aug. 27,2017
Crossbow Season July 29,2017 Sep. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Sep. 2,2017 Sep. 15,2017
General Gun Season Sep. 16,2017 Oct. 15,2017
Nov. 18,2017 Jan. 7,2018

Zone B

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Oct. 14,2017 Nov. 12,2017
Crossbow Season Oct. 14,2017 Nov. 12,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Nov. 18,2017 Dec. 1,2017
General Gun Season Dec. 2,2017 Feb. 18,2018

Zone C

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Sep. 16,2017 Oct. 15,2017
Crossbow Season Sep. 16,2017 Oct. 15,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 3,2017
General Gun Season Nov. 4,2017 Jan. 21,2018

Zone D

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 22,2017
Crossbow Season Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 22,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Dec. 2,2017 Dec. 8,2017
Feb. 19,2018 Feb. 25,2018
General Gun Season Nov. 23,2017 Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 9,2017 Feb. 18,2018

Fall Turkey

Zone A

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season July 29,2017 Aug. 27,2017
Crossbow Season July 29,2017 Sep. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Sep. 2,2017 Sep. 15,2017
General Gun Season Oct. 9,2017 Oct. 15,2017
Nov. 18,2017 Jan. 7,2018

Zone B

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Oct. 14,2017 Nov. 12,2017
Crossbow Season Oct. 14,2017 Nov. 17,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Nov. 18,2017 Dec. 1,2017
General Gun Season Dec. 2,2017 Jan. 28,2018

Zone C

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Sep. 16,2017 Oct. 15,2017
Crossbow Season Sep. 16,2017 Oct. 20,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 3,2017
General Gun Season Nov. 4,2017 Dec. 31,2017

Zone D

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 22,2017
Crossbow Season Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 22,2017
Nov. 27,2017 Dec. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Dec. 2,2017 Dec. 8,2017
General Gun Season Nov. 23,2017 Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 9,2017 Jan. 14,2017

Gray Squirrel

Zone A

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season July 29,2017 Aug. 27,2017
Crossbow Season July 29,2017 Sep. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Sep. 2,2017 Sep. 15,2017
General Gun Season Oct. 14,2017 March 4,2018

Zone B

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season
Crossbow Season
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun Season Oct. 14,2017 March 4,2018

Zone C

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Sep. 16,2017 Oct. 13,2017
Crossbow Season Sep. 16,2017 Oct. 13,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun Season Oct. 14,2017 March 4,2018

Zone D

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season
Crossbow Season
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun Season Oct. 14,2017 March 4,2018

Quail

Zone A

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season July 29,2017 Aug. 27,2017
Crossbow Season July 29,2017 Sep. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Sep. 2,2017 Sep. 15,2017
General Gun Season Nov. 11,2017 March 4,2018

Zone B

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Oct. 14,2017 Nov. 10,2017
Crossbow Season Oct. 14,2017 Nov. 10,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun Season Nov. 11,2017 March 4,2018

Zone C

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Sep. 16,2017 Oct. 15,2017
Crossbow Season Sep. 16,2017 Oct. 20,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 3,2017
General Gun Season Nov. 11,2017 March 4,2018

Zone D

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Archery Season Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 10,2017
Crossbow Season Oct. 21,2017 Nov. 10,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun Season Nov. 11,2017 March 4,2018

Spring Turkey

South of State Road 70

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Feb. 24,2018 Feb. 25,2018
Spring Turkey Season March 3,2018 April 8,2018

North of State Road 70

Hunt Type Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Youth Spring Turkey Hunt March 10,2018 March 11,2018
Spring Turkey Season March 17,2018 April 22,2018

Small Game

Species Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Rabbit Year-Round
Wild Hog Year-Round
Bobcat Dec. 1,2017 March 1,2018
Otter Dec. 1,2017 March 1,2018
Raccoon Year-Round
Opossum Year-Round
Coyote Year-Round
Beaver Year-Round
Skunk Year-Round
Nutria Year-Round

Deer-Dog Training

Zone Earliest Opening Date Latest Closing Date
Zone A Aug. 12,2017 Aug. 31,2017
Zone B Oct. 28,2017 Nov. 16,2017
Zone C Sep. 30,2017 Oct. 19,2017
Zone D Oct. 28,2017 Nov. 16,2017