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New rules in place for deer harvest reporting

New rules in place for deer harvest reporting

By Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Beginning with the 2019-2020 hunting season, which starts Aug. 3 in Zone A, a new harvest reporting rule goes into effect.

It requires all persons to comply with harvest reporting requirements, including hunters under 16 years of age, resident hunters 65 years and older, those with a disability license, military personnel, and those hunting on their homestead in their county of residence.

Before moving a deer from the point of harvest (including deer harvested on lands enrolled in the Antlerless Deer Permit Program or Private Lands Deer Management Permit Program), hunters must log their harvest information.

Additionally, harvested deer must be reported to FWC’s harvest reporting system within 24 hours of harvest and prior to final processing of the deer, any part of the deer being transferred to any meat processor or taxidermist, and the deer leaving the state.

Hunters can use FWC’s harvest reporting app to comply with the requirement.

Hunters also can log harvested deer on a paper harvest log and then report the harvest to the FWC via the app or by calling the toll-free deer reporting hotline.

For more information and updates for new statewide hunting rules, including many dealing with deer hunting, click here.

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