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 TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonJuly 29,2017Aug. 27,2017
Crossbow SeasonJuly 29,2017Sep. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonSep. 2,2017Sep. 15,2017
General Gun SeasonSep. 16,2017Oct. 15,2017
Nov. 18,2017Jan. 7,2018

Zone B

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonOct. 14,2017Nov. 12,2017
Crossbow SeasonOct. 14,2017Nov. 12,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonNov. 18,2017Dec. 1,2017
General Gun SeasonDec. 2,2017Feb. 18,2018

Zone C

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonSep. 16,2017Oct. 15,2017
Crossbow SeasonSep. 16,2017Oct. 15,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonOct. 21,2017Nov. 3,2017
General Gun SeasonNov. 4,2017Jan. 21,2018

Zone D

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonOct. 21,2017Nov. 22,2017
Crossbow SeasonOct. 21,2017Nov. 22,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonDec. 2,2017Dec. 8,2017
Feb. 19,2018Feb. 25,2018
General Gun SeasonNov. 23,2017Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 9,2017Feb. 18,2018

Fall Turkey

Zone A

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonJuly 29,2017Aug. 27,2017
Crossbow SeasonJuly 29,2017Sep. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonSep. 2,2017Sep. 15,2017
General Gun SeasonOct. 9,2017Oct. 15,2017
Nov. 18,2017Jan. 7,2018

Zone B

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonOct. 14,2017Nov. 12,2017
Crossbow SeasonOct. 14,2017Nov. 17,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonNov. 18,2017Dec. 1,2017
General Gun SeasonDec. 2,2017Jan. 28,2018

Zone C

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonSep. 16,2017Oct. 15,2017
Crossbow SeasonSep. 16,2017Oct. 20,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonOct. 21,2017Nov. 3,2017
General Gun SeasonNov. 4,2017Dec. 31,2017

Zone D

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonOct. 21,2017Nov. 22,2017
Crossbow SeasonOct. 21,2017Nov. 22,2017
Nov. 27,2017Dec. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonDec. 2,2017Dec. 8,2017
General Gun SeasonNov. 23,2017Nov. 26,2017
Dec. 9,2017Jan. 14,2017

Gray Squirrel

Zone A

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonJuly 29,2017Aug. 27,2017
Crossbow SeasonJuly 29,2017Sep. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonSep. 2,2017Sep. 15,2017
General Gun SeasonOct. 14,2017March 4,2018

Zone B

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery Season
Crossbow Season
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun SeasonOct. 14,2017March 4,2018

Zone C

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonSep. 16,2017Oct. 13,2017
Crossbow SeasonSep. 16,2017Oct. 13,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun SeasonOct. 14,2017March 4,2018

Zone D

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery Season
Crossbow Season
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun SeasonOct. 14,2017March 4,2018

Quail

Zone A

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonJuly 29,2017Aug. 27,2017
Crossbow SeasonJuly 29,2017Sep. 1,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonSep. 2,2017Sep. 15,2017
General Gun SeasonNov. 11,2017March 4,2018

Zone B

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonOct. 14,2017Nov. 10,2017
Crossbow SeasonOct. 14,2017Nov. 10,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun SeasonNov. 11,2017March 4,2018

Zone C

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonSep. 16,2017Oct. 15,2017
Crossbow SeasonSep. 16,2017Oct. 20,2017
Muzzleloading Gun SeasonOct. 21,2017Nov. 3,2017
General Gun SeasonNov. 11,2017March 4,2018

Zone D

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Archery SeasonOct. 21,2017Nov. 10,2017
Crossbow SeasonOct. 21,2017Nov. 10,2017
Muzzleloading Gun Season
General Gun SeasonNov. 11,2017March 4,2018

Spring Turkey

South of State Road 70

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Youth Spring Turkey HuntFeb. 24,2018Feb. 25,2018
Spring Turkey SeasonMarch 3,2018April 8,2018

North of State Road 70

Hunt TypeEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Youth Spring Turkey HuntMarch 10,2018March 11,2018
Spring Turkey SeasonMarch 17,2018April 22,2018

Small Game

SpeciesEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
RabbitYear-Round
Wild HogYear-Round
BobcatDec. 1,2017March 1,2018
OtterDec. 1,2017March 1,2018
RaccoonYear-Round
OpossumYear-Round
CoyoteYear-Round
BeaverYear-Round
SkunkYear-Round
NutriaYear-Round

Deer-Dog Training

ZoneEarliest Opening DateLatest Closing Date
Zone AAug. 12,2017Aug. 31,2017
Zone BOct. 28,2017Nov. 16,2017
Zone CSep. 30,2017Oct. 19,2017
Zone DOct. 28,2017Nov. 16,2017