Is it legal to kill does in Ocala,Fl

October 9, 2012, QUESTION: Is it legal to kill does in Ocala, Florida? Can you kill does in Florida throughout the year or is it only legal during Bow season?

ANSWER: I am assuming you are asking about hunting on PRIVATE land. If that is the case, here is the low-down for hunting on private land. You asked two questions.

In answer to the first question regarding hunting in Ocala, Florida, I provide the following for the 2012-2013 Florida hunting season. Ocala is in Zone C. During Archery and Crossbow Seasons, from September 15 through October 14, you may take antlered or antlerless deer by bow or crossbow only. During Crossbow Season, from October 15 through October 19, you may take only antlered deer by bow or crossbow only. During Muzzleloading Gun Season, from October 20 through November 2, you may take only antlered deer by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow. During General Gun Season, from November 3, 2012 through January 20, 2013, you may take antlered deer the entire season; antlerless deer may be taken from November 17-23; by all legal centerfire rifles and pistols, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows.

Now, in response to your second question regarding killing does in Florida throughout the year, I provide the following. Deer hunting is allowed only during the Florida hunting season. Hunting season dates vary from zone to zone. Therefore, it would depend on what area in Florida you want to hunt in as to when you would be legally allowed to hunt. Here is a link to the Hunting Seasons page on our website.

I hope this information helps you. Good luck with your hunting this season. Send us a photo to post when you get that deer!

Kenny Presnell

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