3 Things to Know About the 2023 Florida Archery Hunting Season in Brevard County: Licenses, Dates, and Limits

On behalf of Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, P.A. posted in Criminal Law on Sunday, October 08, 2023.

Are you planning a hunting trip during the Florida Archery Hunting Season in Brevard County? Here are three things you need to know.

1. Required Licenses and Permits:

Before you go, make sure you have all the required licenses and permits. To hunt during the Archery Season, you must have:

  • a Florida hunting license,
  • an archery season permit, unless exempt,
  • a deer permit (to hunt deer), and
  • a turkey permit (to hunt turkey).

If you are hunting in a Wildlife Management Area (WMA), you must also have a management area permit, unless exempt. Additionally, if you want to participate in designated hunts in select WMAs, you will need a Quota Hunt Permit. It’s essential to remember that each WMA has its own regulations and dates, so be sure to refer to the specific management area regulations summary before you go. For more information, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife website at https://myfwc.com/hunting/wma-brochures/.

2. Season Dates

The Archery Season runs from September 16, 2023, through October 15, 2023, in ZONE C, which includes Brevard County. During this season, you can hunt antlered and antlerless deer.

An antlerless deer is any deer, except a spotted fawn, without antlers or whose antlers are less than five inches in length.

An antlered deer is any deer having one or more antlers at least five inches in length.

3. Limits


  • The daily bag limit for deer is 2, and the possession limit is 4.
  • The annual bag limit is 5 deer, of which only 2 can be antlerless.


  • Only gobblers and bearded turkeys are allowed to be taken
  • The daily bag limit is 2.
  • The season and possession limit is 2 for all fall seasons combined.

Rabbits, Wild Hogs, Raccoons, Opossums, Skunks, Nutrias, Beaver, & Coyotes

  • May be taken year-round by rifle, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloader, air gun, crossbow, or bow.
  • The daily bag limit for rabbits is 12.
  • The possession limit for rabbits is 24.
  • There are no limits on wild hogs, raccoons, opossums, skunks, nutrias, beaver, & coyotes

However, seasons dates and bag limits do not apply to Wildlife Management Areas. Be sure to check with your Wildlife Managment Area to see what dates and limits apply. https://myfwc.com/hunting/wma-brochures/

Remember to log in and report your harvested deer and turkey. For more information, check out the FWC information sheet at https://myfwc.com/media/29302/harvest-report-flyer.pdf.

Keep in mind that deer taken on private lands under the Antlerless Deer Permit Program (antlerless deer only), Private Lands Deer Management Permit Program, and Deer Depredation Permit Program, and on licensed game farms and hunting preserves are excluded from bag (daily and annual) and possession limits.

Enjoy your hunting trip, and stay safe!