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During Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season, the legal types of guns for use during the muzzleloading gun season use black powder or a non-nitro-cellulose substitute and are fired by wheel lock, flintlock or percussion cap ignition (including 209 primers). Muzzleloaders using smokeless powder, those that can be loaded from the breech or those with self-contained cartridge ammunition capabilities are not legal during Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season.

Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season

Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season Regulations

During Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season, the legal types of guns for use during the muzzleloading gun season use black powder or a non-nitro-cellulose substitute and are fired by wheel lock, flintlock or percussion cap ignition (including 209 primers). Muzzleloaders using smokeless powder, those that can be loaded from the breech or those with self-contained cartridge ammunition capabilities are not legal during Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season.

Shotgun or 209 type primers are considered percussion caps and are legal to use during the Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season.

2017 Resident Game and Furbearer
Florida Hunting Season Dates

Must have $5 Deer Permit as well as hunting license to hunt deer during the Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season

This information is subject to change, for more information visit: http://myfwc.com/

Zone/
statewide
Archery Season (A) (2) Crossbow Season (C)(2) Muzzleloading Gun Season(M) General Gun Season(D)

Deer (1)

Must have $5 Deer Permit as well as hunting license to hunt deer

Zone A Jul. 29 – Aug. 27

Antlered deer by bow or crossbow

Antlerless deer by bow or crossbow:

DMU A1 – Antlerless deer may not be taken
DMU A2 – Jul. 29 – Aug. 6
DMU A3 – Jul. 29 – Aug. 13

Jul 29 – Sept. 1
Antlered deer by crossbow or bow.Antlerless deer by bow or crossbow:DMU A1 – Antlerless deer may not be taken
DMU A2 – Jul. 29 – Aug. 6
DMU A3 – Jul. 29 – Aug. 13
Sept. 2-15

Antlered deer only by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Sept. 16 – Oct. 15 and Nov. 18 – Jan. 7
Antlered deer by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.For antlerless deer season dates, see Deer Management Unit pages for Zone A.
Zone B Oct. 14 – Nov. 12

Antlered or antlerless deer by bow or crossbow

Oct. 14 – Nov. 12

Antlered or antlerless deer
by crossbow or bow

Nov. 13-17

Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow

Nov. 18 – Dec. 1
Antlered deer only by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow
Dec. 2 – Feb. 18
Antlered deer by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.For antlerless deer season dates, see Deer Management Unit pages for Zone B.
Zone C Sept. 16 – Oct. 15

Antlered or antlerless deer by bow or crossbow

Sept. 16 – Oct. 15

Antlered or antlerless deer
by crossbow or bow

Oct. 16-20

Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow

Oct. 21 – Nov. 3
Antlered deer by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.In DMU C5, antlerless deer also may be taken Oct. 21-22 by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.
Nov. 4 – Jan. 21

Antlered deer by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.

For antlerless deer season dates, see Deer Management Unit pages for Zone C.

Zone D Oct. 21 – Nov. 22

Antlered or antlerless deer by bow or crossbow

Oct. 21 – Nov. 22

Antlered or antlerless deer
by crossbow or bow

Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow

Dec. 2-8 and Feb. 19-25

Antlered deer by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.

In DMU D2, antlerless deer also may be taken Dec. 2-3 by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.

Nov. 23-26 and Dec. 9– Feb. 18
Antlered deer by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.For antlerless deer season dates, see Deer Management Unit pages for Zone D.
Deer Bag Limit:

During Archery Season and first phase of Crossbow Season, daily bag limit is:
2 deer, either of which can be antlered or antlerless. However, antlerless deer may not be taken in DMU A1.

During Antlerless Deer Season,

daily bag limit is:
2 deer, only 1 of which may be antlerless. However, antlerless deer may not be taken in DMU A1.

During all other seasons (including second phase of Crossbow Season),

daily bag limit is 2 antlered deer, and antlerless deer may be taken by antlerless deer permit only.

Possession limit: 4 deer

Fall turkey

(gobblers and bearded turkeys only) (T)

Zone A Jul. 29 – Aug. 27
by bow or crossbow
Jul. 29 – Sep. 1
by bow or crossbow
Sept. 2-15
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow
Oct. 9-15 and Nov. 18 – Jan. 7
by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols
Zone B Oct. 14 – Nov. 12

by bow or crossbow

Oct. 14 – Nov. 17
by bow or crossbow
Nov. 18 – Dec. 1
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow
Dec. 2 – Jan. 28
by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols
Zone C Sept. 16 – Oct. 15

by bow or crossbow

Sept. 16 – Oct. 20
by crossbow or bow
Oct. 21 – Nov. 3
by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow
Nov. 4 – Dec. 31
by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols
Zone D (3) Oct. 21 – Nov. 22

by bow or crossbow

Oct. 21 – Nov. 22 and Nov. 27 – Dec. 1
by crossbow or bow
Dec. 2-8

by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow

Nov. 23 – 26 and Dec. 9 – Jan. 14

by all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows and pistols

Fall turkey Bag Limit:

Daily bag limit: 2

Season and possession limit: 2 for all fall seasons combined

Have Muzzleloader Hunting Season Questions?

Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season is the best time to shoot the biggest deer before they are spooked by the regular gun season. If you are new to muzzleloaders or would like more information on your states muzzleloader hunting regulations make sure to give us a call. Knight Rifles is focused on promoting black powder hunting in all states across the USA and can help you determine when your particular states hunting season starts. If you have questions about Florida Muzzleloader Hunting Season, please call us at 1-866-518-4181 or email us at sales@knightrifles.com.

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