New Deer Hunting Regulations

Florida Fish and Wildlife made several major changes this year to fall hunting regulations.

If you hunt in the Panhandle west of Tallahassee, that zone has now been divided into two deer management units, each with its own unique set of regulations.

The new regulations require that bucks harvested north of I10 must have antlers with at least three points on one side or have an antler with a main beam length of at least 10 inches.

The minimum antler requirement is now two points on one side south of i10.

Hunters 15 years old and younger are exempt from these new antler requirements. They may continue to harvest bucks that have an antler that is at least five inches long.

"We asked them to look at what we're proposing so we've gone through that process and we feel like people are pretty well informed about what we are doing," Stan Kirkland from the Florida FWCC said.

The antler regulations in each deer management unit are intended to protect most younger bucks, while allowing the harvest of most older bucks.

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